The Mayor of Erewash 2015/16 is Councillor Abey Stevenson
His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Abey Stevenson is most honoured to have been elected as the First Citizen of the Borough and is looking forward to serving residents of Erewash during the civic year 2016 to 2017. During his term of office, Abey will be supported by his wife Anne but his daughters Sara Abigail Oakes and Johanna McNeil will step in when Anne is unavailable.
Councillor Stevenson has represented the “Little Eaton Breadsall” ward on the Borough Council since 2011 (which covered the Morley ward as well). In 2015 Abey was re-elected to represent the Wards which now include Stanley. Getting involved with, and being in the community has been Abey’s greatest pleasure to serve as and when required. As the Mayor of Erewash, Abey will do his utmost to serve the residents of our wonderful Borough and feels that it is a privilege and honour to do so.
Abey was born in Bombay and went to St. Peter’s Boarding school in the Hill Station town of Panchgani. From there he moved back to Bombay and joined Cathedral & John Cannon High School finishing his higher education there. Abey was keen on sports, especially boxing, and suffered a broken nose for his efforts. After being Savage House Captain, Abey came to England and joined Loughborough College studying Mechanical Engineering. After University Abey joined International Combustion in Derby in the Contracts department and finally joined the Project Management team on Dungeness Nuclear Power Station.
Abey left IC Limited and set up Ziggi’s, a fashion store on Sadler Gate in Derby and Victoria Street in Nottingham which included the popular “The Q in the Corner” Coffee Shop. Anne and Abey retired from the business in 2009.
In 2007 Abey stood for election to Nottingham City Council in the Basford ward. Though unsuccessful, it gave him an insight into local politics and the issues of concern of residents.
Abey is a keen car enthusiast and enjoys going to car events displaying his cars, and he can be found most nights oiled up in his garage or under a car! Abey and Anne have a son in the USA, two daughters, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren and get immense pleasure spending time with them all.
The Mayor is delighted that the Reverend Gillian Turner-Callis of St Andrew's Church, Stanley Village has agreed to be his Chaplain.
He will also be accompanied to certain engagements by his Mayor’s Cadets.
The Mayor's Charity Appeal
The Mayor has chosen to hold a “charity pot” from which charitable groups and organisations from within the Borough will benefit at the end of the Civic Year.
Role of the Mayor
The main duties of the Mayor are procedural and ceremonial. The Mayor is the borough council's principal civic representative and as "first citizen" is seen as the representative of all people living in the Borough.
The functions of the Mayor are carried out in four ways:
- As chair of the Borough Council
- By representing the council and the community at outside engagements
- By presiding at or "hosting" civic functions which are organised by the Council
- (Though this is optional) by helping to raise money for charity.
The Mayor's position in the Council and the Borough has important consequences and is impartial, non-controversial and although the appointment is made politically, the Mayor will endeavour to avoid overt party political connections or bias.
The Mayor will not appear to favour one sector of the community to the detriment of another. An obvious example of this is that the Mayor will avoid taking sides in a controversial issue which is likely to be debated at a Borough Council meeting which the Mayor will be called upon to chair.
The Attendance of the Mayor at Functions
The Mayor, as First Citizen, should be accorded due precedence and respect within the Borough.
A responsible person should meet the Mayor on arrival at the entrance - address him as Mr Mayor - and should introduce him to the host or the assembled company.
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 Civic Office in advance.
Unless the Mayor occupies the chair he should be seated on the immediate right of the person chairing (assuming Royalty, the Lord Lieutenant or High Sheriff are not present).
The formal announcement of the Mayor is “His Worship the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson”.
The Mayor will normally be accompanied by his Mayoress and, on some occasions, by a Chauffeur. The Chauffeur should be advised of changes to programme, parking and the anticipated time that the event will end.
For more information about the Mayoralty or forthcoming civic events please contact the Democratic and Civic Officer, Susan Dunkley on (0115) 907 1115.