Mayor and mayoress
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 2017/18, the mayor is Councillor Maureen Davenport
The Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Maureen Davenport
Maureen has served as a Liberal Democrat councillor, serving Brockwell ward since 2007. She was born in Chesterfield and has lived in the borough all her life – except for her student says which were spent in London.
Maureen attended St Helena School. She has a degree in French and German literature and a diploma in education. She taught German and French at Chesterfield College, St. Mary's High School, St. Helena School and spent the last 18 years of her career as a teacher at Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth.
Married to Robert until his death in 2000, Maureen has a daughter, Linda, who attended St. Helena and Sheffield University and who is now an English teacher.
She also has a son, Andrew, who attended Brookfield School and Sheffield University and is currently head of property and development at A1 Housing in Bassetlaw.
Maureen has four young grandchildren, Lucy, Jacob, and twins Kate and Robert.
On council, she has served on the appeals, planning, employment and general, and markets' consultative committees. She is deputy leader of the council’s Liberal Democrat group.
Maureen is a keen tennis player and for many years played league tennis for Queens Park Tennis Club. She is very keen on classical music, particularly opera, and loves reading. She has also practised yoga for many years and since retiring has been learning Italian.
Personal message from the Mayor
“I feel very honoured to be mayor of Chesterfield and will carry out the role to the very best of my ability.
“I enjoy meeting people and look forward to interacting with as many residents as possible in their various activities during my mayoral year.”
Mayoress of Chesterfield, Mrs Liz Archer
Liz was born in Chesterfield and educated at St Helena School. She graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in history and went on to carry out research in West African studies.
Her first job was at the Imperial War Museum in London and during this time she studied part time for a Masters’ degree in archive studies.
During her archives career, Liz worked at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Kings College London, Bedford and Royal Holloway Colleges and Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge. In Aberdeen she worked on the cataloguing of a large Victorian photograph collection leading to an interest in historical photography.
Liz returned to Chesterfield in 1990 and worked at the Derbyshire Record Office and later the University of Nottingham, where she studied part time for a Masters’ degree in IT.
Since retiring in 2009, Liz has devoted more time to community life. She is an active member of Rose Hill United Reformed Church, the Elderfriends initiative to provide support for the lonely and elderly in the borough.
Liz was married to the late Professor Clive Archer. She has one son, Tom, who attended Brookfield School then Loughborough University. He now lives and works in the Thames Valley in the IT industry.
She enjoys travelling and through Clive's research in international relations has visited all the Scandinavian and Baltic countries, with a particular affection for Iceland. Other interests include walking, creative writing and amateur dramatics with Holymoorside Arts Festival, film, theatre and needlework.
Personal message from the Mayoress
“I am deeply honoured to have been invited to serve as mayoress and am looking forward to supporting Maureen during her year in office.
“It will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know as many local residents as possible.”
The Mayor has been involved in education all her working life in the teaching of modern languages, and is interested to see language teaching at work in local schools.
Retreat at The Royal – a community garden for the new Macmillan Cancer Centre.
The Chesterfield Child Contact Centre – helping to rebuild vital relationships between parents and children.