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 2018/19, Councillor Stuart Brittain
A native of Dronfield, Stuart attended Gladys Buxton and Henry Fanshawe (now Dronfield) school. After leaving school aged 16, he attended evening classes at Chesterfield College gaining A levels in Economics, History and British Constitution before gaining a Higher National Certificate in Business Studies from Thurrock College.
A qualified transport manager, Stuart has had jobs in both the private sector with Woolworths, Robinsons and G4S but the majority of his career has been in road transport at Royal Mail’s London headquarters. A lifelong trade unionist, Stuart has served as a branch official with the Communication Workers Union and Communication and Managers’ Association before joining Unison where he remains.
During his time in London he took part in negotiating on behalf of Royal Mail with the Greater London Council (then led by Ken Livingstone). Another major project was organising the installation of tachographs into the whole of Royal Mail’s large goods fleet. Stuart stood twice as a local councillor for the Labour party in Essex in the 1990s before returning to Chesterfield at the end of the decade.
He was elected councillor for Rother Ward in a close contest in 2003 with running mates Toby Perkins (now MP) and Alderman Stewart Bradford. Stuart has represented the ward on Chesterfield Borough Council ever since. As a ward councillor for Rother, Stuart has enjoyed many proud moments with his fellow councillors Jenny Flood and Keith Miles. In particular being part of a successful campaign to have a Doctor’s Surgery in the ward.
In 2013 Stuart also became a Derbyshire County Councillor where he now serves the communities of Brimington, New Brimington, Brimington Common, Hollingwood and Tapton. Outside of politics, Stuart enjoys leisure time with his wife, Anne, and family.
Personal message from the Mayor
“I am very honoured to become the Mayor of Chesterfield. Our town is a great place to live and work. I look forward to playing my part to help make it an even better one in our Mayoral year.”
Mayoress of Chesterfield, Anne Brittain
Anne was born in Chesterfield and attended Violet Markham School for Girls. From there, she trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, where she gained a teaching certificate qualification and a degree with London University.
Anne spent a year as a clerical assistant with the Science Research Council in Holborn before moving on to teach Drama and English at The Sanders Draper Secondary School, Hornchurch, Essex, where she later became head of year.
Anne and Stuart’s children, Chloe, Tom and Isobel, were born in Essex.
In 1986, Anne re-trained as a teacher of the deaf, gaining a DIP BATOD qualification, and became head of the partially hearing unit at the same school. She became the advisory teacher for hearing impaired children for the London Borough of Havering in 1993.
After moving home to Chesterfield in the late 1990s, Anne taught English at the Bolsover School until retiring in 2011. This enabled her to spend time on her hobby - selling vintage ware.
She is now also busy with church activities, as both a steward for Hasland Methodist Church and for the Chesterfield Methodist Circuit. Anne adores spending time with her four wonderful grandchildren.
Personal message from the Mayoress
“It is a great honour to be mayoress this coming year. I will support Stuart wholeheartedly during the Mayoralty. We feel proud to serve the Borough of Chesterfield and are looking forward to
meeting as many of our local residents as possible.”