Living Southampton

The Mayor of Southampton

    • The Mayor and Sheriff of Southampton

    The Mayor and Sheriff of Southampton - Photo Credit: Southampton City Council


Councillor Peter Baillie is the 581st Sheriff of Southampton.
The Mayor's Office provides support for the Mayor and Sheriff. The office manages their diaries and provides information and guidance for groups and organisations who wish to invite the Mayor to events.
Image: The Mayor of Southampton Councillor Stephen Barnes-Andrews on the left and the Sheriff of Southampton Councillor Peter Baillie (right)


Councillor Stephen Barnes-Andrews became the 796th Mayor of Southampton on 16 May 2018 following his term as Sheriff of the City.
The charities for his Mayoral Year are Rose Road Association and Sunday Lunch Project.

Council Community Flag

    • Council Community Flag

    Council Community Flag

In July 2017 the former Leader of Southampton City Council, Councillor Simon Letts, launched an official flag design competition with school children across the city. Children were tasked with designing a community flag that represents the city’s heritage, diversity and unique character. 
Six flag designs were initially chosen from over five hundred entries, submitted from school children across Southampton, aged between five and sixteen years of age.
Residents of Southampton then had their say through the Southern Daily Echo and People’s Panel to choose a final design from those shortlisted.
The winner, Yihuan Han (aged 8) from Portswood Primary School, was announced in the Southern Daily Echo and on BBC Radio Solent Breakfast Show on the 14 October 2017, followed by a ceremony with the Mayor, where the new community flag was officially flown for the first time outside of the Civic Centre.
Yihuan was inspired to design a flag that had an anchor to celebrate Southampton docks and maritime history, and a Tudor Rose because we have the Tudor House.
The flag will become a recognisable symbol of the city of Southampton and is now flying at numerous locations around the city.