Councillor Hazel Williams was elected to Liverpool City Council in 1998, representing the Tuebrook and Stoneycroft Ward in the West Derby Constituency of the City.
She has given more than 20 years public service, starting with the Merseyside County Council as a member of the Arts and Culture Committee and the Women's Committee.
She has previously been Deputy Chair of the Adult and Social Care Committee and is presently a member of the Standards Committee.
Recently retired from a small care company where she was Managing Director, Councillor Williams wants to carry on the good work of previous Lord Mayors in taking the role to the people of Liverpool.
She is passionate about keeping Liverpool buoyant and believes that there is always work to be done. She is keen to meet as many people as possible during her year and welcomes the opportunity to help make a difference.
"Our City has been through many changes, some have not been so good but some have been challenging and exhilarating" says Hazel "I look forward as Lord Mayor to contributing to the continuing development of Liverpool and to playing a part in the ongoing changes.
Councillor Williams was born in Cardiff, South Wales, but has lived in Liverpool for 60 years classifying herself as a Liverpudlian who has worked, married and raised her family in the City. "There is no other place like Liverpool" she says ".the City and its people are unique" Councillor Williams has three children (Karen, Michele and Michael) and four grandchildren (Callum 13, Bethan 12, Molly 8, and William 5).
Widowed in 1994, Hazel says her late husband Alan would have been delighted to see the honour of the First Citizen of the City of Liverpool bestowed upon her. Her son Michael is also delighted for her and he has the great honour of supporting his Mum by being her Consort during her term offfice.
Hazel's interests include poetry and reading and not many people may be aware that she is a published poet. She also enjoys listening to classical music and spending time with her family.