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The Council & democracy The Lord Mayor's Office

Manchester’s Lord Mayor

Lord Mayor Councillor Paul Murphy

Councillor Paul Murphy OBE

Councillor Paul Murphy OBE was born and grew up in Manchester.

He attended St Dunstan’s Primary/Secondary School and Moston College of Further Education, obtaining O Levels and Engineering technical qualifications, and later a Diploma in Supervisory Management.

Councillor Murphy worked in the aerospace industry for 40 years. After securing a prestigious AVRO apprenticeship he progressed from craftsman to senior manager, holding a number of management positions, and latterly working between the UK and USA as senior programme manager for Boeing/UK contracts.

A trade union activist for many years, Paul was awarded national recognition for his work in health and safety, winning the Bland Payne Award for outstanding contribution to workplace safety.

Paul was first elected to Manchester City Council in 1979, representing Lightbowne Ward for nine years, during which he was Chair of Direct Works and a driving force behind the Association of Direct Labour Organisations, latterly APSE.

He returned to the Council in 1999 and was appointed Deputy Chair Finance, Executive Member Direct Services. In 2001 he joined the Greater Manchester Police Authority, serving as Chair of Finance, Deputy Chair and Chairman of the Authority. He was Deputy Leader of the Labour Group at the National Association of Police Authorities and served on a number of national bodies including the Police Counter Terrorism Board. He was appointed an OBE in the New Year Honours List 2012 for his services to policing.

In his leisure time Paul enjoys angling and is passionate about working people taking an interest in the arts, including community archaeology – a subject which Paul has driven at local and regional level – and is a board member of Dig Greater Manchester.

During his year in office, Paul hopes to drive awareness of health and wellbeing, including physical and mental good health and the importance of early diagnosis, which relates to the experiences of family members.

The Lord Mayor welcomes invitations to attend appropriate community and other events. Invitations should be addressed to:
Please note that unless there are special circumstances, two weeks notice of an event is required.

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