Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

The Mayor for 2016-17

The Mayor of Northampton: Christopher Malpas

The Mayor Christopher Malpas and his guide dog Verity

Born and raised in Northampton, Christopher Malpas – the 776th Mayor of Northampton – attended Stimpson Avenue school from the age of five and completed his education at what was then the brand new Lings Upper School. A true Northamptonian, Christopher has always been actively involved in the local community throughout his life. At the age of eight Christopher became a cub scout and scouting played an active part of his life for over 20 years. In 1979 he was awarded the Queen’s Scout Award.

Christopher was once an avid Cobblers and Northants cricket supporter and angler but now freely admits to being an arm chair supporter. Earlier in life, Christopher enjoyed many outdoor pursuits; however, nowadays Christopher prefers to spend his relaxation time with his wife Lynne, free running his guide dog Verity both in the park or on a Lincolnshire beach or just listening to audiobooks because he can no longer see to read the printed version.

From a young age Christopher started to recognise and respect diversity through the many different nationalities in his school and his activities within the scouting movement.

Christopher has helped and been involved with several charities and organisations most notably that of being a trustee and treasurer of Service Six and more recently in his role as a trustee of Northamptonshire Association for the Blind and as a committed member and volunteer for Northampton Guide Dogs.

Last year Christopher’s work was recognised when he was nominated and shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards as a positive role model living with disabilities.

For Christopher, being just one of the eight shortlisted out of more than 22,000 nominations is one of the proudest moments of his life and he displays his certificate with pride. As well as being a borough councillor, Christopher served eight years on Northamptonshire County Council and for many years was a governor at Bellinge Primary School.

In 2003, Christopher stood in the Northampton Borough Council elections for Billing Ward and has successfully been re-elected on four occasions. As a borough councillor, Christopher has been a member of the cabinet with responsibility for housing. He’s been chairman of licensing as well as the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Race Equality Forum and most recently the Diverse Communities Forum.

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.  

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