Who is the Mayor of Derby?
The Mayor of Derby for 2020 to 2021 is Councillor Frank Harwood.
Frank was born in Derby. He left school at the age of 15 and became an apprentice at the Locomotive Works. After completing his apprenticeship, he joined Pickfords Removals in Derby, before being promoted to Manager at Pickfords Worksop Branch.
Frank worked as a football referee and progressed from the local leagues in Derby to the Midland Football League, Central League and in 1975 on to the Football League. He refereed at the grounds of many of the top clubs of the day. In 1981 he was the Senior Linesman in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Frank has always been interested in politics and when approached by the Conservative party he agreed to stand. In 2008 he was elected, where he lives in Oakwood Ward and retains he that position to date.
Along with his work in Oakwood Ward Frank has sat on a number of committees including the Planning Committee, Audit and Accounts Committee, Licensing Committee, Corporate Parenting Committee and he has been the Chairman of the Oakwood Neighbourhood Board.
How to invite the Mayor
Information about invitations to the Mayor can be found on our page How to invite the Mayor to an event.
The Mayoress of Derby
Mrs Anita Harwood
Anita was born in Derby. She left school at the age of 15 and started work at Turners Shoe Shop in St Peters Street, before passing her qualifications to become a Nursery Nurse and looked after the children at Kitchener Avenue Nursery.
After marrying Frank, Anita went to work at Longdon's in Agard Street but returned to Nursery work looking after the children at the newly opened Cedars Vietnamese Refuge Centre, on Mansfield Road, Breadsall Hilltop, working there for 17 years.
Anita, despite not being a football fan, did accompany Frank to matches when he officiated on the Football League and was a guest of The Football Association at Wembley in 1981 at The Challenge Cup Final
Anita enjoys helping Frank at Councillors' Surgeries and is looking forward to attending events with Frank, when invited.
The Deputy Mayor 2020 to 2021
The Deputy Mayor for 2020 to 2022 is Councillor Balbir Sandhu.