The Mayor of Southwark

The Civic Office

The Mayor is supported in his role by a small civic team which advises the Mayor in his role as First Citizen and ambassador for the borough. The team also leads a comprehensive annual programme of civic engagement.

Over the course of the year we arrange a very varied programme of events and activities aimed at promoting community cohesion through civic engagement. These are in addition to the day to day diary of engagements carried out by the Mayor or those deputising for him.

The civic office is also responsible for the organisation of an annual programme of civic ceremonial events including Mayor Making (May), the Southwark Civic Awards (May), Armed Forces Day (June), the Southwark Peace Breakfast (September), Remembrance and Armistice (November), and Holocaust Memorial Day (January).

We are also responsible for arranging special ceremonies where the borough's highest honour, The Honorary Freedom of Southwark, is presented. In addition we take care of all ceremonial arrangements for conferring the title of Honorary Alderman on councillors who have served two consecutive terms.

If you'd like any further information or wish to invite the Mayor to attend and speak at your event or activity, contact the Civic Office on 020 7525 7303 or email

Page last updated: 11 July 2019