Cllr Frank Harwood is Derby’s mayor for the civic year 2019/2020.
He was appointed as mayor on Wednesday 22nd May at Derby City Council’s annual council meeting.
Cllr Harwood was preceded as mayor by Cllr Mike Carr, who was mayor in 2018/19.
Cllr Harwood will will be supported during his term in office by his wife Anita, who is mayoress.
Frank was born in Derby and has lived in the area all his life, except for two years when he was manager at Pickfords Removals’ Worksop office.
He has been a local councillor for 12 years.
We asked Frank a few questions to find out more about the first citizen of Derby…
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Frank was born in Derby and lived originally in Cowsley Road in Derwent Ward, the family then moved to Lyttleton Street in Mackworth Ward. He was the second of three sons and also had two sisters.
Frank was educated at Ashbourne Road Primary School and Junior School and then Sturgess Secondary School in Derby.
He left school at the age of fifteen and served an apprenticeship at the locomotive works.
After competing his apprenticeship he joined Pickfords Removals in Derby and was promoted to the position of manager at their Worksop branch.
He returned to Derby in 1963 gaining employment at the Derbyshire Building Society. He quickly gained promotion to the Ripley office as the assistant manager.
Another change of employment saw him joining Denby Pottery as the works cashier.
After ten years at Denby Pottery, Frank was invited to joining B E Webbe Removals as the office manager and was quickly made a director and then the managing director.
A further move saw Frank become the managing director of Redferns International Removers before retiring in 2002. Paul – Frank’s youngest son – now runs the firm.
A keen sportsman, Frank became a referee after breaking his leg playing football and he quickly rose through the ranks to the Football League officiating at the grounds of Manchester City, Manchester United, Aston Willa, Everton, both Sheffield clubs, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and many other of the top clubs of the day.
In 1980 he was the senior linesman in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
Frank was also involved in the administration side of football, and was instrumental in helping to set up the Central Midlands Football League and the East Midlands Counties League.
In the former he was the league chairman for over 30 years and the league secretary for 11 years.
He is a life member of both leagues.
In 2010 he received a long service award from The Football Association for 50 years’ service to the game.
Frank also played cricket in the Bassetlaw League with Whitwell and locally at Denby, Wayfarers, Scarsdale and Qualcast.
After a number of unsuccessful attempts, Frank first became a councillor for the ward he lives in, Oakwood, in 2008.
He has been very active on a number of committees and is known for his diligence, gathering the knowledge required to fulfil the roles.
He was unanimously voted in as mayor this year.
Frank is a trust member on the Liversage Trust and president of Oakwood Royal British Legion.
He and his wife Anita have been married for 58 years. They have two sons, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
2. What are you most looking forward to in your term as mayor?
To meet as many residents of Derby as possible.
3. Which local causes will you be supporting during your time as mayor?
I will be deciding towards the end of my year in office.
4. What is the best thing about your area?
The best thing about our city is the people and the wonderful array of businesses.
5. Could you tell us a little about your preparation for the role?
Where I live is known as ‘Leafy Oakwood’ in my opinion it is the best place to live in Derby. (But I would say that!)