The Court of Assistants 2020 - 2021

The Mayor  2019 - 2021


Lady Diana Downe spent her early life in Germany from 1947 to 1953 and flew out of Berlin during the Airlift.  After the French Lycée in Bad Godesberg and Cheltenham Ladies College, she joined the Foreign Office 1961-65. 

She was married to John Christian George Dawnay, 11th Viscount Downe who died in 2002, and has two children and two grandchildren.

She is a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and served as High Sheriff in 2006/7, as a Magistrate in Scarborough for thirty-eight years and as a General Commissioner of Income Tax.

Lady Downe is a retired Board member of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, and is the President of the Aston Martin Owners Club, The Filey Lifeboats and several other national and local charities.  Other interests are the arts generally, including music and opera, as well as travelling and playing tennis. She also has had a helicopter licence.   She is a Freeman of the City of London, and a Liveryman of the Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers.

The Lieutenant: Mr Matthew Atkin
The Senior Constable: Mr Hugh Norton
The Junior Constable: Mr Hugo Dalton
The Immediate Past Mayor 2018-2019: Mr Richard Compton DL
The Previous Past Mayor 2017-2018: The Lord Crathorne KCVO

The Upper Clerk 

Lieutenant Colonel David O'Kelly was educated at Ampleforth College, Sheffield University and RMA Sandhurst before commissioning into The Green Howards in 1984.  He served for 22 years in the Army and was fortunate enough to see service around the world, including Germany, Northern Ireland, Kenya, Norway, Canada, Cyprus, Bosnia and South Africa; not to mention cricket tours to Berlin, Barbados, South Africa (again) and Australia.

In March 2006 he left his last serving appointment as Commanding Officer of Leeds University Officers' Training Corps to take up his current position as Regimental Secretary of The Yorkshire Regiment. Lieutenant Colonel O'Kelly is married to Penny and they are happily settled in North Yorkshire. They have two children: Charlie, now married, and Katie.  Among many sporting interests he is a keen cricketer and still an active (just) member of many such clubs and Chairman of one.  He sits on three Boards of Trustees and is a member of the Windsor Leadership Trust. He became Upper Clerk to the Company in May 2016.

The Chairman of the Charitable Trust - Robert Hall
The Treasurer - Margaret Coe
The Attorney  - Johnny Towers
The Cellarer - David Butler-Adams
The Weigher - Robert Sword