The Mayor of the Council carries out our civic ceremonial duties and chairs meetings of full Council.
The Mayor is elected annually by the Council and for 2013/14 the Mayor is Councillor Paul Christopher Stone.
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The Mayor of Chesterfield - Councillor Paul Christopher Stone
Paul was born in Ashgate in 1968 and lived in the Loundsley Green and Linacre Woods areas of Chesterfield during his childhood with his parents (Councillor David Stone and the late Councillor Freda Stone) and two younger brothers, Martin and Jason. In 1989 the family settled in New Whittnigton where he lived until moving to Barrow Hill in 2004.
He attended St Joseph's Convent School on Newbold Road, St Hugh's College at Tollerton Hall, Nottinghamshire and St Mary's High School.
He completed his education at Chesterfield College by first studying for a City & Guilds qualification in Electronic Servicing and later studied for a further City & Guilds in Recreation and Leisure.
To pursue a career in acting, Paul adopted the name Kris Kanapo in order to obtain his equity card. He still uses this name in a professional capacity and with close friends. As Kris Kanapo he has appeared in several BBC and independent TV productions. He has also performed as a live variety artist.
Prior to becoming an independent Councillor, the Mayor was a member of the Liberal Democrats for whom he stood as a candidate first in New Whittington and later in the newly created ward of Barrow Hill and New Whittington. He has been a Chesterfield Borough Councillor for the last 12 years and has served on numerous committees including as Chair of the Barrow Hill and Whittington Community Forum. Paul also served as a Staveley Town Councillor for Barrow Hill.
Paul has trained in, and is highly qualified in many different types of martial arts and combat sports.
He is an active supporter of local charities and a member of the Nenna Kind Cancer Drop in Centre's Management Committee.
Paul is supported in all areas of his life, including charity work, by his partner Sharon Buxton.
The Mayoress of Chesterfield - Mrs Barbara Wallace
Barbara was born on 30th July 1946 to Eva and Jack Flynn at Hartington, Staveley. The middle of three children, the Mayoress has two brothers.
She started school at the age of three and attended the Staveley Church School, which she loved and she still remembers the teachers and dinner ladies with great fondness. Having attended Middlecroft Junior and Senior schools until the age of 13 when her parents moved to Sutton Scarsdale, her education continued at Bolsover Girls School in Carr Vale.
On leaving school she started her first job at DM Forbes, Wine and Spirit Merchant in the Shambles, Chesterfield. It was a job which she really enjoyed because she had a good boss and good work colleagues.
Barbara met her husband to be, David Wallace, when she was 16 at the Staveley Methodist Church Youth Club. They were married at Brimington Methodist Church (the same church where her patents were married).
The Mayoress worked for a short time at Trebor Sharps and then at Whittington Hall as a nursing assistant for 15 years, eventually leaving on the grounds of ill health.
Living in New Whittington for 35 years, she has many good friends in the area.
Barbara was a founder member of what was the Chesterfield North Community Forum and latterly the Barrow Hill and Whittington Community Forum, something which she has enjoyed enormously. She is also a member of the Chesterfield Hospital Cancer User Group.
For a number of years she was the Chair of the Friends of Brearley Park and, along with fellow members, helped to raise £250,000 to put in new park equipment. It still gives her great pleasure to drive past and see the park being used.
Family life is very important to Barbara and her husband David. They have four children, John, Joy, Helen and Glyn, seven grand children, two sons-in-law and two daughters-in-law.
Along with her husband, family and friends, Barbara has started the Nenna Kind Cancer Support Centre situated in Dents Chambers, New Square in Chesterfield town centre. This is in memory of their daughter Helen who died from cancer in January 2011.
Theme for the Year
The theme for the year is 'facing challenges'. As the Mayor has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, he wishes to meet and support those who are going through their own personal challenges in life, whatever they may be.