Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre will become the 164th Mayor of Wolverhampton when he is officially appointed the First Citizen of the city this week.

He is due to take over the reins from Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE when councillors take a vote at Wednesday's (17 May, 2023) Annual Council Meeting. His wife Lynn Plant will be Mayoress. 

It is customary that the nominated candidate for the politically neutral role of Mayor has cross party support and is voted into office unopposed.

Councillor Linda Leach is set to become Deputy Mayor for 2023 to 2024 with her husband Pete as Deputy Consort.

Councillor Hardacre, a Labour member for Park Ward and a well known former headteacher, said: "I am delighted to have the privilege of being the Mayor of Wolverhampton for the forthcoming civic year.

"Being Mayor will be a real honour, and I am looking forward to being an ambassador for the people of our great city over the next 12 months.

"I have chosen as my theme, 'moving forward together'.

"There can be little doubt that Wolverhampton, and indeed the world, has been through a tumultuous 3 or 4 years, and I will be asking Wulfrunians to come together as one and ensure that our city continues to be a caring, thriving, vibrant, multi cultural and multi talented place to live.

"I will be reaching out to bring together commerce, industry, faith groups, volunteers and charity groups to make sure that we can move forward and enjoy a better year than those in the past. 

"I look forward to you joining me in trying to ensure that our city motto becomes a reality – ‘out of darkness cometh light’.

"I will also be raising as much money as I can for my 3 chosen city charities, The Haven Wolverhampton, which supports women and children who have been subjected to domestic abuse, Wings and Paws, a charity for sick, neglected and unwanted animals, and Give Us A Break, which provides activities for children and young people with complex disabilities and their families and carers.

"All three charities do an incredibly important job, and I hope you are able to support my fundraising activities over the next 12 months."

For more information about the Mayor of Wolverhampton, please visit The Mayor of Wolverhampton. The website includes details of how to invite the Mayor to events. Mayor Councillor Hardacre is keen to receive invites to a wide variety of events, big and small, including from members of the voluntary sector and business community who may not have considered contacting the Mayor's office before.

For more information about the 3 Wolverhampton based charities chosen by the Mayor visit, The Haven Wolverhampton, Wings and Paws, and Give Us A Break.