Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

The Mayor for 2015-16

Cllr Penelope Flavell in Mayoral dress

The current Mayor of Northampton is Councillor Penelope Flavell

Having lived in Northampton all her life and serving on the Borough Council for 12 years, Councillor Flavell will become the 775th Mayor of Northampton. 

Born and raised in Northampton, Penelope lived in Kingsthorpe as a child before moving to Abington where she still lives today. Penelope attended the Convent of Notre Dame from the age of five and left school to join the family interior design business, working alongside her mother and father for many years.

A Northampton woman through and through, Penelope has been actively involved in the local community throughout her life. In her twenties, Penelope joined a local ladies fund raising committee working on behalf of NSPCC. She then became the Hon Secretary of the Junior NSPCC and twice a year organised parties for the young members.

In 1972 Penelope was invited to become a magistrate and continued to sit on the Northampton bench for 30 years.

Penelope has also served as a governor at Spratton Hall School for 15 years as well as at Cedar Road Primary School in Abington and is a keen supporter of Northampton Saints Rugby Club and Northampton Town Football Club.

In 2003, Penelope stood in the Northampton Borough Council elections for what was then St Crispin’s ward. She successfully won the seat and represented the ward for two consecutive terms before standing for election in the Rushmills ward for which she has just started her second term.

As a Borough Councillor, Penelope has been a member of the cabinet with responsibility for parks, waste management and the environment. She was chairman of the planning committee from 2010 to 2014 and also chairman of the Community Fund Advisory Panel responsible for awarding council funds to local charities.

Councillor Flavell said: “It is an honour and great privilege to become the 775th Mayor of Northampton.  My husband Michael and I are looking forward to serving the people of Northampton, meeting the local community and promoting the town.

“I have chosen the local branch of Marie Curie as the charity I will support during my time as mayor. The charity carries out much needed work to support people living with a terminal illness, including cancer – a disease which has unfortunately touched the lives of many members of my family.”

Penelope is planning several fundraising events throughout the year, including a Wing Walk on an aeroplane in September.

Mayoral Invitations

The Mayor welcomes invitations to attend events held by local organisations.  Due to demand it may not be possible to attend every event to which the Mayor is invited.  We will respond to you as soon as the Mayor has confirmed that they are able to attend your event.  

If you wish to invite the Mayor to your event, please complete the online form

To find out more about the Mayor please contact the Mayor's Office at the Guildhall on 01604 837804 or e-mail