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 and is the Convener of the Council and continues to carry out the normal duties of an elected member.
On 26 May 2022, Councillor Robert Aldridge was elected as the 258th Rt. Hon. Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh.
The Lord Provost represents the Council on numerous bodies and organisations including:
- Edinburgh International Festival Council
- Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
- Dynamic Earth Charitable Trust
As the civic head for the city and 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 Depute Lord Provost and several Bailies. The Depute Lord Provost is Councillor Lezley Marion Cameron. Having this arrangement means that all engagements across the city can have civic attendance, showing support and encouragement.