Glasgow City Council

Lord Provost

Who is the Lord Provost?

The Lord Provost is the principal non-political civic figurehead of the city, at home and abroad, with a wide range of duties which include a programme of over 300 civic events per year (with the support of the Depute Lord Provost and a team of 18 Bailies) and an international relations programme which includes commonwealth and international development, as well as twin city links.

The Lord Provost is also Lord-Lieutenant of Glasgow, and therefore the Queen's official representative in the city. In this capacity, the Lord Provost hosts visits by all members of the royal family to Glasgow, and events relating to the armed forces, for example, remembrance day and armed forces day; and presents honours or Queen's awards on behalf of her majesty.

The Lord Provost is supported in all of these duties by the Lord Provost and International Office.

The Lord Provost & International Office supports the Lord Provost both within the city and when acting as our chief ambassador when abroad.

The current Lord Provost is councillor Sadie Docherty, who was elected as Lord Provost in May 2012 and will remain Lord Provost until 2017.

Councillor Sadie Docherty was born on 6 June 1956 in the Gorbals area of Glasgow and moved to Castlemilk when aged two. She was educated at Dougrie Terrace Primary School 1961-1968 and St Margaret Mary's Secondary School from 1968-1973. She later studied Public Administration at the Glasgow College of Technology in 1979 and Scottish Local Authority Management at Strathclyde University in 1999.

The Lord Provost has over 30 years experience in delivering a housing service within the City of Glasgow. Worked throughout the City mostly in the Northside where she worked for 13 years. She has served as the Council's Executive Member for Communities and Housing and has chaired Policy Development Committees responsible for Sustainability and the Environment and Children and Families. Before entering local government she was a working mother and from 1996 she held the position of Neighbourhood Manager until she was elected to the City Council in 2007.


What do the staff of the Lord Provost do?

Their principal duties are:

  • Dealing with correspondence
  • Organising events
  • Organising civic dinners, lunches, and receptions
  • Maintaining the diary of engagements
  • Providing a constituency service
  • Organising civic ceremonies including
  • Organising visits both in the UK and abroad by the Lord Provost
  • Organising events by VIPs to Glasgow, eg ambassadors, foreign Ministers, etc.
  • Administering the Lord Provost's various charities.

Lieutenancy duties:

The Lord Provost is ex officio to the Lord Lieutenant for the City of Glasgow. The Lord Provost's adviser is the clerk of lieutenancy. The duties of the lieutenancy are to co-ordinate the programme for all visits by members of the royal family to Glasgow, assist the comptroller at Buckingham Palace with the arrangements of state visits, "away days" in Glasgow and organise ceremonies when the Lord- Lieutenant is asked to present honours or Queen's award.

International duties:

The Lord Provost & International Office is responsible for:

  • encouraging and co-ordinating our responses to key european policy consultations and initiatives, and lobbying at european and international level, through membership and appropriate networks, including Eurocities.
  • developing and co-ordinating relations with twin cities and other partner Councils
  • managing the Council's Commonwealth and International Development programme - to be inserted
  • monitoring and reviewing the council's performance in terms of european and international activities
  • establishing positive and effective criteria for developing links with key european cities and building EU-wide network partnerships
  • encouraging council services to develop european and International projects and programmes
  • providing a central advice and information service to the council on european and international policy and transnational funding opportunities. 


Lord Provost's message

I have always been interested in local politics and working for the community, so it was natural that I should seek election to the council. It has been my privilege to representing my own home Linn ward since 2007.

It is a great honour to be Lord Provost of Glasgow - a dream come true. My family are so proud of me and I was delighted that they were able to attend the council meeting when I was appointed Lord Provost.

I was formerly the council's executive member for communities and housing. I have also chaired policy development committees responsible for sustainability and the environment, and children and families. As a result, I have extensive experience of the council, and a good understanding of what it does and how it works.

I believe that the skills I have acquired both as a working mum and in my earlier career as a housing manager, with Glasgow District Council and then the GHA, will be useful as Lord Provost. I have strong skills in communication, listening, and organisation and management - and most importantly, because I like people, I can relate to most individuals across a wide range of situations and subjects.

I am proud to be a Glaswegian and I am looking forward to doing whatever I can for my city and its people. If I were to be asked what I would like to achieve during my term of office, it would be to help improve the aspirations and expectations of our citizens, particularly in these difficult times.

I intend to engage with Glasgow's citizens at every level to promote greater pride in our city as a great place to live, work, visit and do business.

I am looking forward enormously to Glasgow's commonwealth games in 2014 , which will provide a tremendous opportunity to showcase Glasgow to the world, and will leave a fantastic legacy for the city - and I intend to play my full part.

The games will be broadcast to a global television audience of over one billion people, and will help us build on our existing reputation as a sporting, cultural and retail centre of national and international importance. I am also committed to working with others to secure a legacy for the city beyond 2014.

I am most looking forward to the diversity of the role of Lord Provost. For example, you can go from attending a local event such as a gala day or community fair, to meeting the royal family the day after.

I will work with the depute Lord Provost and the Bailies to help promote the city and to influence key decision makers to see the advantages of investing in Glasgow. I am also looking forward to working with our business, voluntary and community sectors to take our city forward.

I would also like to say to the council's own staff that our priorities are the young, old, vulnerable, and we deliver a wide range of high quality public services that make a real difference to the quality of life of all of our citizens.

By working together we are helping to make Glasgow a great place to live, visit and invest, and these are all achievements in which we should take great pride.

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