The Lord Provost is Edinburgh's civic head, an ancient office dating back to the 13th century.
The Lord Provost is normally elected every four years from the 63 members of the City of Edinburgh Council. The role also acts as Convener of the Council and continues to carry out the normal duties of an elected member. In May 2017, Councillor Frank Ross was elected as the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.
The Lord Provost represents the Council on numerous bodies and organisations including:
Edinburgh International Festival Council
The Board of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Dynamic Earth Charitable Trust.
Acting as figurehead for the city and an international symbol as the Edinburgh’s ambassador on the world stage, The Lord Provost’s international duties are varied, including-
Hosting civic receptions for visitors
Taking part in many activities involving Edinburgh's many groups and organisations.
The Lord Provost has a Deputy Lord Provost and several Baillies. The Deputy Lord Provost is Councillor Joan Griffiths MBE. Having this arrangement means that all engagements across the city can have ambassadorial attendance, showing support and encouragement.