The Mayor attends a variety of engagements throughout the civic year including parades, civic receptions and general visits. If you wish to request the Mayor's presence at an event, please see our Invite the Mayor form.

About the Mayor and Deputy Mayor

The Mayor's charity appeal

The Royal British Legion

Becoming Mayor of Kirklees was a very proud moment for me, and I am looking forward to the year ahead. It will come as no surprise that my chosen charity for that year is The Royal British Legion and I have a number of charity events planned to raise as much money as I can for this worthy cause.

The British Legion was formed in 1921, bringing together four national organisations of ex-Servicemen that had established themselves after the First World War. The main purpose of the Legion was straightforward: to care for those who had suffered as a result of service in the Armed Forces during the war, whether through their own service or through that of a husband, father or son.

The charity was granted 'Royal' status in 1971, and extended its membership to serving members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, as well as ex-Service personnel, in 1981. Now, anyone can become a member of The Royal British Legion, and the charity welcomes men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not, to continue the work that was begun nearly 100 years ago.

Fundraising events will be advertised in the local press, but to mention a few:

  • Charity Bike Ride - 23/24 June 2016
  • Blitz Dance - 25 June 2016
  • Dragon Boat Race - 9 July 2016
  • Mayor’s Cricket Team V Emmerdale - 17 July 2016
  • Huddersfield Has Talent Show - 20 August 2016
  • Mayor's Golf Day - 2 September 2016
  • Last Night at the Proms - 23 September 2016
  • Sporting Legends Dinner - 20 October 2016
  • Sing for Peace - 4 November 2016
  • Festival of Remembrance - 11 November 2016
  • Poppy Dash - 13 November 2016
  • Huddersfield Giants V Combined Services Rugby League Team - January 2017

That is all for now but much more to come. Your support is needed to help those who have fought our wars and now we must fight their battles.

You can make donations either via my Just Giving Page or cheques made payable to "The Mayor’s Charity" and sent to the Mayor's Office, Town Hall, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA or direct into the Mayor's Charity Account - Sort Code: 53-61-07 Account No: 69358508.

To find out more about the Royal British Legion, please see the website at

The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Jim Dodds BEM

The Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Jim Dodds BEM
The Mayor and his interests

Jim was born in Selkirk, Scotland, but from an early age was brought up on a farm some ten miles from Newcastle.

He attended Prudhoe Comprehensive School, leaving at the age of fifteen to join the army as an apprentice in Harrogate and made his career in the army, retiring as a Major in the Royal Signals after 35 years. During his time with the Armed Services Jim served in Germany, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Singapore. In 1979 he received a BEM in the Queen's Christmas Honours List, for services to charity.

A keen sportsman, Jim represented his various units in hockey, squash, golf, cross country and orienteering. A life long supporter of Newcastle United, he is very much aware that to achieve success in life you must be in the race for the duration and not just a sprint. He still enjoys golf, travelling and spending time with his grandchildren.

On leaving the Armed Services Jim and his wife Carol enjoyed running a hotel for a few years in Harrogate. It was during this period that he became Chairman of the Harrogate Hoteliers Association and also became instrumental in the formation of the High Harrogate Business Association and his interest in local politics began.

In 2002 he moved to Kirklees (to be nearer his family) and took a more active interest in politics, having always been a Conservative Party supporter. Jim was elected as a Councillor for the Denby Dale Ward in 2004 and later became Cabinet Member for Children's Services and then additionally took on the role of Deputy Leader of Kirklees Council. He also served as the Leader of the Conservative Group

He is Chairman of the Denby Dale Community Project which has replaced the existing Library in Denby Dale with a new building that will be home to the Library, Internet Café, Charity Shop.

Jim is happily married to Carol, who he met when he was an apprentice soldier in Harrogate. Not only has she supported him throughout their married life, but managed her own varied career, Nursery teacher, Secretary, PA and Estate Office Manager. They have two grown up children and two grandchildren and both believe strongly in the importance of the family unit.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Jim Dodds BEM and Carol Dodds

The Mayor of Kirklees Councillor Jim Dodds BEM and Carol Dodds
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Christine Iredale and her interests

Christine was born in Kirkheaton and was educated at Kirkheaton CE School. She moved to Cowlersley in 1960.

She left school at the age of 15 to work in the textile industry and later went on to work as a Home Care Assistant for 18 years.

Christine is married to Robert, and has 2 daughters, Rochelle and Briony, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, with whom she spends as much time as possible.

Christine was elected as a Councillor in 2003 and became chair of the Licensing and Safety Committee in 2007. She has also served on the Planning Sub-Committee (Huddersfield Area) and Overview and Scrutiny Panel for Well-Being and Communities.

She is involved in many local activities, which include being a member of Milnsbridge Liberal Club and Milnsbridge Bowling Club. She is also a member on the Longwood Sing Committee, a member of the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion, and a keen supporter of Golcar Lily Day.

Her hobbies include taking part in quizzes as a member of her local quiz team, playing bingo, reading and crosswords.

Christine loves meeting people and she is looking forward to taking on her duties as part of the Mayoral team. She is both proud and honoured to have been nominated for the role and relishes the new challenge. She is extremely proud to be the first Golcar Councillor elected to the role.

The Deputy Mayor of Kirklees Councillor Christine Iredale and consort

The Deputy Mayor of Kirklees Councillor Christine Iredale and consort

Invite the Mayor

The Mayor welcomes invitations but because of demand it may not be possible to attend every event. If the Mayor is able to accept your invitation you will be asked to complete a more detailed mayoral engagement form. You must submit your invitation at least three weeks before the date of the event.

The information you provide on this form is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of keeping you informed of the Mayor's response. It will not be used for any other purpose, and will not be disclosed to any person or agency outside the Kirklees services involved.

Your details
Function details
Extend invitation to Deputy Mayor
Publicity or media presence at the event

Former Mayors

You can view the former mayors of Kirklees dating back from 1974 to present.

Contact the Mayor