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New Lord Mayor of Leicester sworn in

Published on Friday, May 18, 2018

Cllr Ross Grant was handed the chains of office from outgoing Lord Mayor Cllr Rashmikant Joshi at the meeting of annual council.

Cllr Grant is the city’s only Conservative councillor and has held office since November 2004 representing the Knighton ward.

Born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, he subsequently moved to Stoneygate and currently lives in the Knighton ward area. He was educated at Birmingham’s Aston University, studying combined honours in Society and Government and Urban Policy and Management.

After graduating he worked in the hosiery trade and went on to work in market research for the public sector, international postal services and investment banking.

Cllr Grant has chosen to support The Laura Centre during his term of office – a local charity offering bereavement counselling both to parents who have lost a child, and to children and young people who are bereaved of a parent or significant person.

Cllr Grant is currently a governor at Overdale School, chair of trustees of Oak Multi Academy Trust, and has sat on a number of council committees, including Overview Scrutiny, Children’s Scrutiny and Planning.

He is a keen rugby fan, having a season ticket for the Leicester Tigers and still plays for the Oadby Wyggestonians RFC when he has time.

Cllr Grant is married to Yasmin and they have two children – their daughter Zara, aged seven, and their son Haris who is just three. Yasmin will be supporting the Lord Mayor as Lady Mayoress throughout the year.

Cllr Grant said: “I am absolutely delighted and excited to be taking on the role of Lord Mayor of Leicester and look forward to the year ahead.

“Leicester is my home and it is important to me, so I am keen to support the local people and communities who add so much to the success and diversity of the city.

“It is a privilege and honour to have been elected as the Lord Mayor of Leicester and to have the opportunity to serve this wonderful city.”