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 2015/16, the mayor is Councillor Barry Bingham.
The mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Barry Bingham
Barry was born on 26 November 1951 and grew up in Old Whittington.
He attended Handley Road Infant School, London Street Junior School and Edwin Swale Secondary School, where he gained 4 CSEs.
After leaving school, Barry became an apprentice floor molder and core maker at the Staveley Coal, Iron and Chemical Company. After studying for five years at Chesterfield Technical College, he qualified as a foundry and pattern shop technician and remained with the company for 38 years until its closure when he was made redundant.
Barry has always taken an interest in his local area, becoming involved in the campaign to prevent the demolition of Whittington Hall, which was a success, later becoming a member of the Barrow Hill, New Whittington and Old Whittington Community Forum.
Following a request to name a street in Barrow Hill, Barry thought of a name with connections to the area's railway history. This was successful and the street is named Avonside Close to this day.
He joined the Liberal Democrat Party in 1995 and was elected as councillor for St Leonard's ward in 2007 and later as councillor for Barrow Hill and New Whittington in 2011.
Barry is currently a school governor at Whittington Green, a mixed community school for students aged 11 to 16 in Old Whittington. He previously spent three years as a governor at Hasland Infant School.
He also sits on the governing body of the Websters Trust which gives grants to underprivileged children of Whittington Moor, Old Whittington and New Whittington to further their education.
Barry was a keen musician and even recorded an album with his rock band in 1980 which was re-released on CD in 1994.
He was a keen martial artist and holds a blue belt in Wadaroo and a green belt in Go-jaru.
His other interests include local history, steam engines and a love of Brampton Pottery, which he collects and is currently writing a book about with a friend.
Mayoress of Chesterfield, Mrs June Bingham
June Bingham was born on 16 February 1955 and was brought up in Old Whittington and later, Newbold. She was educated at Enoch Bell Infants, St Edmunds Street Junior and Violet Markham Secondary schools.
June left school at 15 to work at Boots the Chemist in Chesterfield, where she met Barry.
She worked at Boots for 40 years, taking early retirement at 55 when she was working in the photographic laboratory as a lab manager. Over the years, she would regularly process the civic photographs for the Borough Council.
June and Barry were married in June 1977 and live in New Whittington with their adopted cat Woody.
Since retiring, June spends her time helping in the community, running a pensioners' coffee morning, helping to organise the heritage open days and Christmas tree displays with the Friends of St Andrew's Church, Barrow Hill. She is also a member of the New Whittington Gala committee.
June enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, visiting stately homes and wildlife.
Personal message from the Mayor
We both feel that it is an honour and a privilege to represent our historic town and pray that I will fulfil the role of the Mayor of Chesterfield proudly.
Personal message from the Mayoress
I am really looking forward to my year as Mayoress and will support Barry wholeheartedly during his Mayoralty.
We will serve the Borough of Chesterfield with pride and are looking forward to meeting as many of our local residents as possible.
This is a reference to the Mayor's many years of service to the St John Ambulance and the Mayor's recognition of the importance of volunteers to our community.
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital Opthalmic Department
- Sight Support Derbyshire
- Nenna Kind Cancer Support Drop in Centre