Bernard Atha

Bernard Peter Atha CBE (born 27 August 1928) is a former Lord Mayor of Leeds and a major figure in the arts and sport in West Yorkshire and elsewhere; he has also appeared in a number of films.

Bernard Atha

Lord Mayor of Leeds
In office
Preceded byKeith Parker
Succeeded byDavid Hudson
Leeds City Councillor
for Kirkstall Ward
In office
1973 – 2014
Preceded byR. Robertson?
Succeeded byFiona Venner
Leeds City Councillor
for Holbeck Ward
In office
1969 – 1973
Preceded byW. Smith?
Succeeded byWard abolished
Leeds City Councillor
for City Ward
In office
1957 – 1968
Preceded byE. Stubbs
Succeeded byWard abolished
Personal details
Bernard Peter Atha

(1928-08-27) 27 August 1928 (age 91)
Leeds, England
Political partyLabour
EducationLawnswood School
Alma materUniversity of Leeds

Atha was born in Leeds and educated at Leeds Modern School, now Lawnswood School, and the University of Leeds.[1]

In Ken Loach's film Kes Atha played the part of the careers officer who "throws Billy on the scrap heap".[2]

He was Lord Mayor of Leeds 2000–2001.[3] During his mayoralty he selected 18 "high-profile, well-known Yorkshire women" to act in turn as his Lady Mayoress, a role traditionally taken by the spouse or another family member of the mayor.[4]

He was appointed CBE in the 2007 Birthday Honours "for services to the Arts and to the community in Leeds",[5] having earlier been appointed OBE in the 1991 New Year Honours "for services to Sport, particularly Sport for the Disabled".[6]


  1. ^ "Bernard Atha CBE: Chairman & President". Board of Directors. UK Sports Association. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ Golding, Simon W. (2014). "Bernard Atha OBE - Youth Employment Officer". Life after Kes. Andrews UK. ISBN 9781910295311.
  3. ^ "Lord Mayors & Aldermen of Leeds since 1626" (PDF). Leeds City Council. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ Hutchison, Helen (18 May 2001). "Bernard and his Ladies". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ "No. 58358". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 16 June 2007. p. 7.
  6. ^ "No. 9". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 28 December 1990. p. 9.

External linksEdit

Civic offices
Preceded by
Keith Parker
Lord Mayor of Leeds
Succeeded by
David Hudson