Councillor Mick Brady is set to begin his term of office as Chesterfield’s 382nd Mayor, taking over the position as the borough’s civic head for the coming year.
Councillor Brady is due to be sworn in at Chesterfield Borough Council’s Annual Council Meeting on Wednesday 17 May.
Councillor Suzie Perkins is due to take up the role of Mayoress, and Councillor Jenny Flood will be Deputy Mayor supported by Heather Miles as the Deputy Mayoress for the coming civic year.
On the following Saturday (20 May) Chesterfield residents are invited to come and celebrateChesterfield’s new Mayor at the annual Civic Parade which will take place in the town centre.
Councillor Brady said: “Representing the people of the borough in the role of Mayor is a special honour and I am extremely proud to take up office for the coming year. I hope to meet as many residents as possible over the coming year, while raising much-needed funds for two very deserving local charities.”
Councillor Brady replaces Councillor Tony Rogers and his wife Sharon who served as mayor and mayoress for the 2022 to 2023 civic year.
The Civic Parade is an opportunity to celebrate the new Mayor. The parade will leave from the Town Hall on Rose Hill at 10.40am and will head through the town centre to the Church of St Mary and All Saints (Crooked Spire) where there will be a service at 11am. At noon the parade will return to the Town Hall.
There will be several dignitaries from across Derbyshire in attendance at the parade, along with Freemen, Aldermen, and former Mayors of Chesterfield, and organisations such as the Royal British Legion.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the parade and church service, with seats being allocated on a first come, first served basis.
About the Mayor, Councillor Mick Brady
Born in London, Mick left the capital at age of 18 for what was meant to be a holiday to visit relatives in the north of England – but soon became a whole new way of life. He was so impressed by the countryside and friendliness of the people, he never left.
Mick found his way to Hasland, where he and his former wife raised two daughters. During this time he found 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 his life. While working for 14 years at the former Avenue Carbonisation Plant in Wingerworth, Mick became the trade union branch secretary.
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 – knowledge which he has helped to support local people over the years.
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 this time, community has been extremely important to him, and he is proud to be heavily involved in several local community and voluntary sector organisations including Friends of Eastwood Park, the Big Local and the Hub at the Club Community Centre (former Working Men’s Club).
About the Mayoress, Councillor Suzie Perkins
Councillor Suzie Perkins will serve as Mayoress for this coming civic year.
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 borough councillor for Holmebrook in 2015 and elected again in 2019 and 2023 as councillor for Brimington North. She is chair of the Appeals, Regulatory and Licensing Committees, and was a previous vice chair of Scrutiny. She is also parish councillor in Brimington.
Mayor’s Appeal charities
This year’s Mayor’s Appeal will support two local charities - Chesterfield Community Trust and The Royal Hospital Charity.