Councillor Eileen Taylor has been announced as the new Lord Mayor of Leeds for 2019/20. She was handed the chains at the council’s Annual General Meeting yesterday (22 May), taking over from Cllr Graham Latty.
Cllr Taylor is the 126th Lord Mayor of Leeds and in taking office is also the city’s first black Lord Mayor. She will be accompanied on her wide-ranging engagements throughout the year by the Lord Mayor’s Consort, Audley Taylor.
Born in Jamaica, Cllr Taylor moved to Leeds as a teenager in the early 70s. She studied at Park Lane College before working for the NHS in the Learning Disability and Mental Health department until she retired in 2012.
Representing Chapel Allerton ward as a Leeds City Councillor since 2008, Cllr Taylor has served as support executive member for Environment and Highways. She has also served on Transport Authority, Health and Wellbeing, Children, Infrastructure Investment Scrutiny and is the former chair of the Inner North East Community Committee.
During her time as Lord Mayor, Cllr Taylor will be raising money for Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) which is a local Rape Crisis Centre and proud member of Rape Crisis England & Wales.
The charity provides specialist support to women and girls in Leeds who’ve been affected by child sexual abuse, rape and all forms of sexual violence and abuse, at any time in their lives. In 2018/19, just under 1200 women and girls were supported by their frontline services.
SARSVL also campaign locally and nationally to raise awareness and understanding of, and ultimately to eliminate, sexual violence and abuse in all its forms.