Ceremony creates county's first honorary Alderman and Alderwomen

8 February 2018

Six former councillors who have made a significant contribution to Derbyshire County Council are now Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen.

Annette Noskwith CBE, Joyce Sanders, Stuart Ellis, John Harrison, Andrew Lewer MP MBE and John Williams received the honour on Wednesday (7 February 2018).

The six were chosen because they have rendered eminent service as past members of the county council.

Annette Noskwith represented Sandiacre for 42 years, from 1967 to 2009. John Williams served the people of Staveley from 1993 to 2017 and was Leader of the Council from 2001 to 2009. Andrew Lewer represented the people of Ashbourne from 2005 to 2015, also serving as Leader of the council from 2009-2013.

Joyce Sanders was elected for Belper and served 1997 to 2009. Stuart Ellis represented Holymoorside and Wingerworth from 2009 to 2017 and was a cabinet support member for education, leadership and culture. John Harrison was the member for Melbourne from 2000 to 2013 and was also a cabinet member.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism said:

"It was a great privilege to be a part of the creation of our new Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen. All six have already served the county with wholehearted commitment and I know they will continue to represent Derbyshire with pride."

The new Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen were presented with a badge of office and their names were recorded on a roll of honour at a meeting of the Council on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

While they won't have any right to participate in the meetings of the council or its committees beyond that of any member of the public, or to claim any allowances payable under the members' allowance scheme, they will be invited to civic ceremonies, meetings and events and will be addressed by the courtesy title Honorary Alderman or Honorary Alderwoman.