Councillor Ken Ellcome was elected Lord Mayor of Portsmouth on 16 May 2017, for a one year term of office.

Below you can read a short biography of the Lord Mayor, or download a list of The Lord Mayor's engagements for the next week. 

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  • phone 023 9283 4706
  • or write to: The Lord Mayor's Office, Portsmouth Guildhall, 2nd Floor, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AJ.

Ken was born on 3 October 1945 in the Royal Naval Nursing Home as the son of a serving sailor. Indeed all Ken’s ancestors for the last 100 years have served in the Royal Navy. One was lost at Jutland. He considered following in his forefathers footsteps but after a couple of boring jobs as a cartographic draughtsman he joined Hampshire Constabulary serving in Andover, Totton, Liss, Isle of Wight, Kingston Crescent twice, Cosham, Bitterne and the New Forest, in a career spanning 30 years.


He retired with the rank of Chief Inspector in 1995. He took up employment with Portsmouth City Council working on traffic and safety issues before setting up the council’s parking department. He was made redundant in 2010 and shortly afterwards suffered a stroke. Whilst recuperating, a vacancy occurred for a councillor in Drayton & Farlington and he was elected in 2011.


His interests include travelling, gardening and supporting Pompey.

This year the Lord Mayor has chosen to support the charities below.

      • The Elizabeth Foundation is a local charity supporting infants and pre-school children with hearing loss, and their families. It helps babies and children with all degrees of hearing loss learn to listen and speak. The foundation does this by providing pre-school education services at its Family Centre in Cosham, along with help, support and advice for families. 
      • Headway Portsmouth provides personalised advice, information and practical support to assist rehabilitation, and maximise recovery and independence. This community-based intervention and prevention work in cognitive and social rehabilitation can significantly impact on the level of recovery for the person with brain injury. It does this by improving self-esteem and confidence, whilst maximising potential for long term independence, enabling people with brain injury to break the circle of support and move on with their lives. 
    • Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) provides a monthly drop-in meeting at the Royal Maritime Club and weekly mental health therapies for former members of the British Armed Forces and Reserves and their direct family members, including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy. 
 Lord Mayor's engagements week commencing 23 April




Monday 23 April

Visit to Police Cadets


Deputy - Friends Without Borders - Short Programme of Films

King Richard's School, Paulsgrove


All Saints Church, Commercial Road

Tuesday 24 April

Deputy - Rock Challenge 

The Guildhall

Wednesday 25 April

16th Regiment Royal Artillery Lunch

Officers' Mess, Thorney Island

Thursday 26 April

Duke of Edinburgh Award Event


Prov: Blesma Group Visit


Prov: Blesma Group Visit


Drinks Reception in aid of Lively Lady 50th Anniversary


University Technical College, 468 London Road


Lord Mayor's Parlour


Lord Mayor's Parlour


Royal Naval & Royal Albert Yacht Club, Pembroke Road

Friday 27 April

Prov: Deputy - An Evening with Heroes Charity Event


Lt Cdr Arthur Harrison VC Commemorative Dinner



HMS Nelson Wardroom, Queen Street

Saturday 28 April

Portsmouth Rugby FC/Stade Caennais RFC


Sunday 29 April

New Forest District Chairman Civic Service


Prov: Deputy - All Nations Sunday (International Fellowship of Students)

St Thomas Church, Lymington


John Pounds Centre, Portsmouth


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