The Mayor


The Mayor of Lewes is elected by Members of Lewes Town Council in May each year.

The Mayor of Lewes for 2021/22 is Councillor Stephen Catlin. 

Our Mayoress for the year is Councillor Shirley-Anne Sains, who will also serve as Deputy Mayor 

The Council Chaplain is Rev Ben Brown

This year’s Mayoral Good Causes are: The Lewes Youth Band, and East Sussex Search & Rescue

The Mayor is happy to attend events in Lewes.  Arrangements for Mayoral visits can be requested through the Mayor’s Office by e-mailing or telephoning 01273 471469 or in writing to The Civic Officer, Mayor’s Parlour, Town Hall, High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2QS


Stephen Catlin (Mayor)

Priory WardIndependent
07803 774858
Many Lewesians remember Stephen's eponymous confectionery and tobacco store on Lewes High Street with great affection. Its role on the High Street started in 1922, as The Central Tobacco Stores, and continued through F.E. Hall's days until it moved to the Needlemakers, closing in 2011. While running the store, Catlin's sometimes tart views on the Town appeared in the on-line "Viva Lewes", appropriately in a column headed "The Curmudgeon". Independent and forthright, he stood as an independent candidate for Lewes Town Council in Priory ward in May 2011, was elected and re-elected in 2015, when he stood also for the District Council and was elected to that too. His wide-ranging interests include gardening (evidenced by the three beds by the Premier Inn) music and the arts.  He serves on six town council panels and committees. Stephen managed Theatres in London’s West End, has worked for the British Film Institute and is a Corps donor to the Royal Ballet School. As from 14th May 2020, Cllr Catlin was elected Vice-Chair of Sussex Community Rail Partnership (Formerly known as Southern Community Rail Partnership.)  

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