Mayor Philip Pope

On 10th May 2023 the annual Mayor Making event was held at the St Ives Corn Exchange. Mayor Philip Pope was elected for his second consecutive term as the Town Mayor, and third term in total.

Councillor Craig Smith, who currently serves as a town councillor for the North Ward, was elected as the Deputy Mayor. Over 150 people were in attendance. 


The Mayor's Role

The Mayor's term of office is twelve months, during which time the Mayor will have a very busy schedule working with the local community.

It’s not all about appearing at Civic events, the role also involves raising awareness of local groups, helping to promote the Town, arranging fund raising events to support local Charities and organisations, as well as continuing to work for the Community in the capacity of Town Councillor.

If you would like to contact the Mayor, please email or call the Civic Officer.

01480 388929

Mayor Making 2024

On Thursday 23rd of May 2024 the Mayor Making of St Ives Town Council took place at the Burgess Hall. Councillor Pasco Hussain was sworn in as the new Mayor for 2024/25. Before this however, outgoing Mayor Phillip Pope handed out numerous awards and donations to charity (see below). 


Millennium Shield to an inspirational local youth organisation: Awarded to Cromwell District Scouts, accepted by Mike Wenham and Sue Best. Millennium Shield
Community Challenge Award in recognition of an individual’s contribution to the community: Awarded to Laura Bird. Community Challenge
Commerce in the Community Award to a business for its contribution to the community: Awarded to the Haywain public house, accepted by Steve Lowe. Commerce in the Community
Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognising entrepreneurial achievement from an individual who demonstrates vision, leadership and success: Awarded to Vicky Grant.
Hidden Gem of St Ives Award shining a spotlight on the underappreciated and under-recognised groups and/or areas of beauty within our borders: Awarded to Friends of Hold Island Nature Reserve and collected by Ian Jackson. Hidden Gem of St Ives
Care in the Community Award to a group who demonstrate selflessness, kindness and compassion whilst improving other people’s quality of life: Awarded to Dementia Friendly Community and accepted by Roger Kuch and Agi Peach.
Volunteer of the Year Award for a group or individual who encompass St Ives key values including integrity, kindness, support and goodwill without prejudice: Awarded to Ladybird Boat Trust, accepted by John Clarke and Andy Nicol. Volunteer of the Year
Heart of St Ives in recognition of an individual who has touched the hearts and lives of many within the community: Awarded to Simon Townend. Heart of St Ives
Presentation to Outgoing Mayor’s Cadet: The presentation was made to Lance Corporal Lewis King. Mayors Cadet
Sport Club of the Year: Awarded to St Ives Rugby Team.

Dedication to the Civic Office of St Ives: Awarded to Veronica Smoothy. Dedication to the Civic Office
Dedicated Service as the Macebearer: Awarded to Philip Ganny. Dedicated Service as the Macebearer

The Town Mayor noted that through the year he had managed to raise £14,476.40 for his chosen charities. Cheque presentations were made as follows:

£500 – Army Cadet Force – St Ives Detachment Army Cadets
£500 – 2331 St Ives Squadron Air Training Corps Air Cadets
£500 – St Ives Youth Theatre
£500 – St Ives Rugby Club Youth Teams Rugby Club Youth Teams
£500 – St Ives Football Club Youth Teams Football Club Youth Teams
£500 – East Anglia Childrens’ Hospice
£500 – 2nd St Ives Sea Scout Group Sea Scouts
£500 – KICK St Ives KICK St Ives
£500 – Pinpoint Cambridgeshire
£500 – Dreamdrops Childrens’ Charities
£1,000 – St Ives Rugby Club Ladies Team Rugby Club Ladies
£1,000 – Butterfly Legacy Project
£1,000 – Acorn Cancer Support Acorn Cancer Support
£2,000 – St Ives Food Bank St Ives Food Bank
£3,176.40 – MAGPAS Air Ambulance MAGPAS Air Ambulance
£1,000 to the Mayor’s Youth Support Fund
In addition, £300 cash was presented to St Ives Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club to help them purchase advertising banners for their events.