Mayor - general information


The Mayor is the first Citizen of the City of Derby. There have been Mayors in Derby since 1835. This page answers the questions people frequently ask about the Mayor of Derby.

Who are the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Derby?

The Mayor of the City of Derby for 2018/19 is Councillor Mike Carr. Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Mike Carr 

Mike was born in York and lived in the area of Leeman Road (near the then railway works - now the National Railway Museum) He has two brothers.

He attended St Barnabas Primary School before the family moved to Derby, where he started at Sturgess School. He passed his 13+ transferring to Allenton Technical School. On leaving school he started an Apprenticeship with British Rail at Derby Carriage and Wagon works. On completing his apprenticeship as a Millwright he transferred to the Railway Technical Centre and completed his technical education with an HNC.

During this time he became a keen Mountaineer and joined Derby Nomads, where he met Cilla. During a climbing holiday in the French Alps, Mike met a climber who knew of a derelict property in North Wales. Back in Derby Mike and some friends followed this up and formed a local Mountaineering Club which still uses this property today.

Mike and Cilla were married in 1968 and lived in Belper. Mike then moved to the Drawing Office at Rolls-Royce. After Rolls-Royce bankruptcy in 1971, he was offered a job at the RR facility in Dounreay working on the land-based Nuclear Submarine Prototype. Mike and Cilla 'upped sticks' and moved to live in Thurso in Caithness where their two children were born.

After eight happy years in Scotland, Mike was offered a job back in Derby, to provide Site Input to a new prototype, being designed in Derby to be installed at Dounreay. After moving back to Derby, Mike resumed activities with his mountaineering club friends, and with Cilla has completed many trekking holidays. Most notable are the Inca Trail, Annapurna Sanctuary, Wainwright's Coast to Coast and the Pennine Way.

Later this year Mike will be walking the Dales Way in Yorkshire, with Cilla and some of their friends.

Mike is a longstanding member at Leicester Tigers, where he attends most home games.

Mike was first elected as a councillor for Littleover Ward in 2002

In addition to serving on a variety of committees, he has been cabinet member for Technical Services, Vice Chair of Planning and Vice Chair of The Personnel Committee. He has been a member of The Local Access Forum since it was introduced as part of the “Right to Roam” in 2002. He has also been a member of the pensions committee for a number of years.

Mike and Cilla are both now retired and enjoy hill walking and gardening and spending time with their grandchildren, two live in North Yorkshire and two in Jersey.


Mrs Cilla Carr

Cilla was born in Derby and has one brother who lives in Lincolnshire. She attended local schools in Normanton, and trained as a Nursery Nurse with Derbyshire County Council at Reginald Road in Chaddesden, Derby.

On returning to Derby, Cilla worked ‘nights’ at the then Derby City Hospital on a post natal ward, then moved to a peripatetic post for the Derby Health Authority, then on to a ‘section 11 post’ in the inner city for Derby Education Authority. In 1990 she took the position of Manager of the Nursery at the University of Derby, moving north in 1996 to become Head of Children’s Services for University of Sheffield Union of Students.

She gained a Diploma on Early Years at the University of Derby.

She is looking forward to meeting people as she supports Mike in his year as the Mayor.

Mayor’s Charities

The Mayor will support the following charities and should you wish to make a donation please call the Mayor’s Office for methods of payment and further information for:

Cure Leukaemia

Macmillan Cancer Support


Mayor’s Theme

To encourage improvement in environmental issues generally.

What are the duties of the Mayor?

The Mayor devotes most of their time to:

  • the promotion of the city
  • key initiatives of the Council
  • supporting a wide range of mainly Derby-based organisations.

In carrying out this role, the Mayor will carry out approximately 800 to 1,500 engagements a year. These engagements cover a wide spectrum of events from major royal visits to small community group meetings and local charity events. Details of the Mayor's weekly engagements are published by Democratic Services.

The Mayor also chairs the meeting of the Full Council - when all councillors meet together.

The post of the Mayor of Derby is different to the Mayor of London and many European city mayors in that it is a ceremonial post which does not carry direct power and the Mayor is not directly elected by the people.

The Mayor, as first citizen of Derby, is the person that typically welcomes important visitors and dignitaries to the city. However, royal visitors to the city are organised and welcomed by the Queen's representative, The Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire.

How is the Mayor chosen?

The Mayor is elected annually in May when all councillors meet together at the Annual Council Meeting. The Mayor has to be a councillor and is chosen by the other councillors who serve on Derby City Council. The Mayor continues to be a member of the council during their term of office.

How long does a Mayor serve?

The term of office for the Mayor is one year. It begins once the 'Mayor-Making' ceremony has taken place and is followed by the Mayor's first engagement of chairing the Annual Council Meeting in May. There is no limit for how many times somebody may serve as the Mayor of Derby.

Attendance of The Mayor at Functions

The Mayor, as First Citizen, should be accorded due precedence within the City.

A responsible person should meet The Mayor at the entrance on arrival – address him as Mr Mayor – and the Mayoress as Madam Mayoress - and should introduce him/them to the host or the assembled company.

When The Mayor enters on more formal occasions, those present should rise and this should be repeated when he leaves.

Unless The Mayor occupies the Chair, he should be seated on the immediate right of the Chairman (assuming Royalty, the Lord Lieutenant or High Sheriff are not present).

If The Mayor is to speak, his toast or reply should appear early on the toast list and any background information should be sent to The Mayor's Office as soon as possible.

The formal announcement of The Mayor is “The Right Worshipful, The Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Mike Carr”.

The Mayor will normally be accompanied by a Chauffeur Attendant and he should be advised of parking facilities and the anticipated time that the event will end.

Booking the Mayor for Functions or Events

If you would like to invite the Mayor to your event or function please use the following Mayoral Booking Form.

If you approach the Mayor directly, either by email or in person, this will not constitute a booking.

All enquiries should be via the Mayoral Booking Form.

The Mayor's Parlour at The Council House

The Mayor is pleased to accommodate pre-arranged tours of the Parlour, Jacob Rivers VC Room and Council Chamber, for example for educational visits for schools or for members of local clubs and organisations.

How do I contact the Mayor?

The Mayor's Office staff are always happy to discuss the Mayor's availability to attend or host an event and to advise on protocol. You should contact them if you have any questions. You can also tweet the Mayor on his official twitter account.

Who is the Deputy Mayor of Derby?

The Deputy Mayor of Derby for 2018/19 is Councillor Frank Harwood. Deputy Mayor for the City of Derby, Cllr Frank Harwood 

Frank was born in Derby and lived originally in Cowsley Road in Derwent Ward, the family then moved to Lyttleton Street in Mackworth Ward. Frank was second of three sons and also had two sisters.

Frank was educated at the Ashbourne Road Primary and Junior School and then Sturgess Secondary School 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 then was promoted to Manager at Pickfords Worksop Branch.

Through family illness, he returned to Derby in 1963, gaining employment with the Derbyshire Building Society in Derby. He quickly gained promotion and became the Assistant Manager at the Ripley Office.

Frank’s involvement as a Football Referee meant he needed to be available on Saturdays, so another job change and he joined Denby Pottery as the Works Cashier. After ten years with Denby, Frank moved to B E Webbe Removals, first as Office Manager, then as a director and finally taking over the company as Managing Director. A position he held until moving onto Redferns International Removers to become their Managing Director. He retired from Redferns in 2002 and his youngest son, Paul, now runs the firm.

Frank’s refereeing career took off and he made constant progress from the local leagues in Derby to the Midland Football League, Central League and in 1975 onto the Football League. He refereed at the grounds of Manchester United, Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Stoke City, both the Sheffield Clubs, Wolverhampton Wanderers and many more of the top clubs of the day.
In 1981 he was the Senior Linesman in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

Frank also was involved in the administration side of football and was instrumental in helping to set up the Central Midlands Football League, formally the Derbyshire Premier League.

During his time with the league he was the Chairman for over thirty years and for eleven years he also undertook the job of the League Secretary.
He was also instrumental in forming the East Midlands Counties League and his proud to be a Life Member of both leagues.

Whilst Frank had considerable success in his football career, his real love is cricket and played, with considerable success with a number of clubs Wayfarers, Scarsdale, Whitwell in the Bassetlaw League, Denby, and Qualcast.

Frank has always been interested in politics and when approached by the Conservative party he agreed to stand in Mackworth ward, he was unsuccessful and again when standing in Derwent and again in Derwent.

He finally became a Councillor in the ward where he lives, Oakwood, in 2008 and retains that position to date.

Along with his work in Oakwood Ward Frank as sat on a number of committees including the Planning Committee, Audit and Accounts Committee, Licensing Committee, Corporate Parenting Committee has been the Chairman of the Oakwood Neighbourhood Board.

He is known for his diligence in gaining the knowledge required on the committees that he is involved.

Frank is a Derby City Council member on the Liversage Trust Committee, one of the oldest charities in Derby.

Outside politics Frank is the President of the Oakwood Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Frank met Anita at the Victor Sylvester Dance Studio on London Road Derby in 1961 and they have been married for 56 years;


Mrs Anita Harwood

Anita was born in Derby and was educated at Traffic Street Primary and Junior School and Reginald Street Secondary School. 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 The Cedars Vietnamese Refuge Centre on Mansfield Road Breadsall Hilltop working there for 17 years.

Anita then privately looked after the children for a number of families before becoming a full time housewife looking after sons Michael and Paul and the first Grandchild Leanne.

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 the Councillors Surgeries making tea and providing biscuits for residents who come for advice.

Anita is looking forward to attending events with Frank when invited.

Notes on the Attendance of The Deputy Mayor at Functions

The Deputy Mayor, when representing the Mayor and First Citizen of Derby, should be accorded due precedence within the city. For 2018/19, the Deputy Mayor is Councillor Frank Harwood

A responsible person should meet The Deputy Mayor at the entrance on arrival – address him as Mr Deputy Mayor - and should introduce him to the host or the assembled company. When The Deputy Mayor enters on more formal occasions, those present should rise and this should be repeated when he leaves.

Unless The Deputy Mayor occupies the Chair, he should be seated on the immediate right of the Chairman (assuming Royalty, the Lord Lieutenant or High Sheriff are not present).

If The Deputy Mayor is to speak, his toast or reply should appear early on the toast list and any background information should be sent to The Mayor's Office in advance.

The formal announcement of The Deputy Mayor is "The Right Worshipful, The Deputy Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Frank Harwood".

The Deputy Mayor will normally be accompanied by a Chauffeur/Attendant and he should be advised of parking facilities and the anticipated end time for the event.


Useful forms

Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council
The Mayor's Office
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 642551
Minicom: 01332 640666
Derby City Council
The Mayor's Office
The Council House
Corporation Street