New Mayor elected for Bournemouth

Councillor David Kelsey elected as Bournemouth’s new Mayor at this year’s annual meeting of the Charter Trustees.

The Bournemouth Charter Trustee Annual General Meeting took place on Friday 28 May at 11:15am in the Committee Suite at Poole Civic Centre. This year residents were invited to watch the event virtually, as it was live streamed in line with COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor David Kelsey, said: “It is my absolute privilege to have been chosen to represent Bournemouth as Mayor.

I am looking forward to working hard on the behalf of our local residents, highlighting the great work of volunteers and charities, promoting business and supporting those who work in our public services.”


The Mayor’s role is to:

  • maintain the historical and ceremonial traditions of the office of Mayor
  • promote the town as a place to live and visit
  • promote the town locally, nationally and internationally
  • promote, liaise and link with private and voluntary sector organisations
  • participate in and help initiate activities that enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of the former borough and its residents
  • act as host to official visitor to the town
  • attend civic and ceremonial functions and local community-based activities as the Mayor determines appropriate
  • represent the trust at ceremonial events
  • support chosen charities for the mayoral year
  • carry out all duties in a manner appropriate to the status and tradition of the office
  • preside over Citizenship Ceremonies on behalf of BCP Council

Bournemouth’s new Deputy Mayor is Councillor Susan Phillips.