The role of the Mayor of Kirklees is a ceremonial role which is appointed to every year at the council's Annual General Meeting.

The Mayor is the First Citizen of the Borough of Kirklees. This means they take precedence in the Borough over everyone except members of the Royal Family and the Lord Lieutenant or their representative.

The Mayor attends a variety of engagements throughout the year with many invitations coming from local groups, organisations, schools and businesses. Should the Mayor be unavailable, the Deputy Mayor may attend in their place.

Why not invite the Mayor along to your event? Simply complete our Invite the Mayor form and we'll be in touch

Invite the Mayor to your event

If you would like to invite the Mayor to your event, simply complete our online form and we'll be in touch.

Clock Completing this form takes around 5 minutes.

Invite the Mayor

What happens next?

  • Once your form has been submitted your invitation will be shared with the Mayor and a response sent to you to confirm if the Mayor is able to accept.
  • If they are unable to attend you may be notified that the Deputy Mayor will attend in their place if available.
  • You will be asked to provide further details of your event including confirmation of timings, venue, parking arrangements etc.

About the Mayor and Deputy Mayor

The Mayor and their interests

Councillor Cahal Burke

Councillor Cahal Burke was first elected to Kirklees Council in 2010, representing the Lindley ward where he lives with his family.

Having studied Computing at the University of Huddersfield, Cahal went on to complete teacher training before working at several local colleges and schools.

Cahal has always been a very active member of his community volunteering with local youth projects, Lindley Community Group and was a governor at his local school Salendine Nook High School Academy.

Cahal has volunteered with Lindley Community Group for over 15years. The group is responsible for local events including the award-winning Lindley Carnival, Lindley 10k, Heritage Open Days and Remembrance events. Cahal has helped set up local litter picking groups and organises the local food bank appeal.

As a councillor he has served on Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, being the lead member for the Children's Scrutiny panel for many years. Cahal has also served on planning and licensing committees along with being Deputy Group leader of the Lib Dem group and serving as group business manager. Cahal has a proven track record of being an effective local voice for the Lindley ward.

Cahal is a keen runner and set up Lindley Running Club with Lindley Community Group. He likes to take part in Marathons and Half Marathons and has completed the New York and London marathons. He supports Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants and enjoys attending games with family and friends.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees, Councillor Cahal Burke and his daughter, Sinead Burke

The Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees, Councillor Cahal Burke and Sinead Burke

The Deputy Mayor and their interests

Councillor Nosheen Dad

Councillor Nosheen Dad was elected to the Dewsbury South ward in 2015. As councillor she has served on the Appeal Panel. She has also been appointed to outside bodies including the Walker and Greenwood Educational Charity and the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE)

The Deputy Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Nosheen Dad with her husband and Consort Shiraz Khan.

The Deputy Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Nosheen Dad


The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are paid an allowance to cover any personal costs incurred whilst undertaking their role.

Current allowances

2023 - 2024:

  • Mayor: £18,348.64
  • Deputy: £8,158.93

The Mayor's charity appeal

NHS charity RAF Association charity

The Mayor has chosen to support two charities during his term as Mayor of Kirklees.

Find out more about the charities at Kirklees Mayor's charities , and watch out for further information here on fundraising activities you can support and get involved in over the coming months.

Contact the Mayor

Former Mayors

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

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