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.
The Mayor of Chesterfield for 2023 to 2024 is Councillor Mick Brady
Mick was born in London but left the capital at the tender age of 18. What was meant to be a holiday to visit relatives in the north of England soon became a whole new way of life. Mick was so impressed by the countryside and friendliness of the people, he never went back to live in London.
Mick found his way to Hasland in Chesterfield, where he and his ex wife raised two daughters. During this time Mick realised that he had a real passion for public service, becoming a school governor across the three schools in Hasland over a 20 year period, often taking on challenging chair and vice chair roles.
Trade unionism has also had a huge role to play in Mick’s life. While working for 14 years at the former Avenue Carbonisation Plant in Wingerworth, Mick became the trade union Branch Secretary, dealing with a range of health and safety issues and leading on key discussions with management. Mick’s knowledge of the site was invaluable at public meetings as the Carbonisation plant was closed and site remediation and clean up began.
The next 20 years of Mick’s career were spent in financial services, helping people to find the right mortgages, pensions and investments for them. He also gained a lot of experience around insurance services.
Mick has had two stints as an elected member in Hasland, first being elected in 1995 and serving for eight years. During this time Mick served as the Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and as Deputy Leader. Mick returned to the Council in 2015. Throughout his time on the Council, community has been extremely important and he is proud to be heavily involved in a number of local community and voluntary sector organisations including Friend’s of Eastwood Park, the Big Local, the Hub at the Club Community Centre (former Working Men’s Club).
Mick has used his previous trade union and financial background to support many local people through challenging times including securing attendance allowances, personal independent payments and universal credit and supporting local residents whole range of casework issues.
The Mayoress of Chesterfield for 2023 to 2024 is Councillor Suzie Perkins
Suzie was born and raised in Chesterfield and attended William Rhodes School, Manor School and Chesterfield College gaining Business, Finance and Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications.
Suzie travelled abroad, working in Israel and Egypt, before settling back in Chesterfield, working in Marketing AT Dema Glass and IT sales at CCS Media. She has also helped start up and run other businesses, as well as previously volunteering for The Samaritans.
She has a son Lewis and a daughter Chloe.
Suzie was first elected as a Chesterfield Borough Councillor for Holmebrook in 2015, and elected again in 2019 and 2023 as councillor for Brimington North. She is vice chair of the Appeals, Regulatory and Licensing Committees, and was a previous vice chair of Scrutiny. She is also a Brimington Parish Councillor.
The Mayor’s charities are:
Chesterfield Community Trust - a charity that was created in 2010 following the very successful football in the Community programme. The Trust works in the community delivering many types of activities with a mix of staff and volunteers. Examples include working with teens and adults in the area of mental health, Children in Need fundraising, football and education and much more, spread across the whole of Chesterfield.
The Royal Hospital Charity - The Royal Hospital Charity helps to support the work the hospital does across all areas at the Royal. The Mayor and Mayoress will help to raise cash for the Health and Well-being Hub, as well as the children’s wards but also link in to help and support the wonderful staff at the Royal after the truly inspiring way they looked after all of us and our families and friends throughout the Pandemic.