The mayor of the council carries out our civic ceremonial duties and chairs meetings of the full council. The mayor is elected annually by the council.
For the year 2014/2015, the mayor is Councillor Alexis Diouf.
The mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf
Alexis was born on 4 February 1955 in the village of Baback in Senegal, a French-speaking area of West Africa. The elder of five children, he attended the village Catholic school before going on to continue secondary school in Thies, a town 11 miles from his village. He then attended what is now the University Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal, and graduated with a Humanities degree.
At the age of 22 he was appointed the youngest vice-principal of a secondary school in Senegal. Leaving teaching after two years, Alexis went on a tour of Canada where he met a Cestrefeldian girl, Vickey-Anne Cadman, who was to become his wife. On his return to Senegal, he worked for the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA).
Alexis came to Chesterfield in 1980 and married Vickey-Anne on the 10 January 1981. They have two daughters, and five grandchildren. Having lived in Chesterfield for over 32 years, he now considers it his home, although Senegal is still dear to his heart. His mother still lives in Senegal with his three younger brothers, while his younger sister lives not far from Darmstadt in Germany.
During his early years in Chesterfield, Alexis carried out various voluntary jobs whilst studying. In 1984, he got a position with Derbyshire social services. He recruited and trained volunteers and helped set up self-help groups in the community, some of which are still going strong. At the end of his contract, he worked at Ringwood Adult Training Centre in Brimington before going on to what was then Sheffield City Polytechnic to gain qualifications in social work.
After graduating, Alexis worked briefly as a social worker at Walton Hospital. He then accepted the position of country representative in Mali with the United Nations Association International Service. Three years later, he went to work for the charity World Vision as a grants manager in Senegal, before returning to the UK to resume his career in social work. Alexis has recently retired from his position of social services manager for adult services with Derbyshire Social Services.
Alexis is a founder member of ACCA (African Caribbean Community Association), he was a former member of the YMCA board and recently retired as chair of Chesterfield Churches Action (CCA), formerly CASW, which runs a winter night shelter in Chesterfield.
Alexis currently worships at the Walton Evangelical Church where he is a member, but he has been a deacon at Cross Street Baptist Church where he and Vickey-Anne were involved with the youth group (Focus).
He joined the Liberal Democrats in 1984 and was elected as Liberal Democrat Ward Councillor for Walton in 2003.
Mayoress of Chesterfield, Mrs Vickey-Anne Diouf
Vickey-Anne was born on 14 November 1955, the only child of Dorothy and Derek Cadman of Chesterfield. She was educated at William Rhodes Primary School and St Helena Girls' High School, before attending Bretton Hall College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Arts, with fashion and textiles. This was followed by a PGCE from Matlock College, from 1979 to 1980.
In July 1979, Vickey-Anne visited her great aunt in Canada, where she met Alexis Diouf. On her return to Chesterfield, they exchanged letters for 16 months, which were only interrupted by her visit to Senegal for Christmas in 1979. After 32 years of marriage, they have two daughters and five grandchildren who are the centre of their busy lives.
Vickey-Anne has taught in many schools in Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire. She has also worked in the American School in Bamako, Mali, and taught English to civil servants and Canadian and Russian embassy staff in Senegal and Mali. She currently teaches music and French at Lenthall Nursery and Infant School in Dronfield. In her spare time, Vickey-Anne enjoys making celebration cakes.
Personal message from the mayor
We are both looking forward to our year as mayor and mayoress of this wonderful town. I will be supported by my wife Vickey-Anne and our family. I pray that I may be worthy of this honour bestowed on me and make Chesterfield proud of its mayor.
Personal message from the mayoress
I look forward to supporting Alexis fulfilling the duties as mayor of Chesterfield and I am proud to be his mayoress. We shall serve the Borough of Chesterfield with our down-to-earth practical approach to life and look forward to meeting as many residents of the area as possible.
The mayor's theme is 'Home and Away', serving home and abroad. This is a reference to the mayor having roots in the UK and in Senegal.
- British Heart Foundation
- Roof Stop (local organisation for the homeless)
- Friends of Baback in Chesterfield