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Mayor of High Peak

Councillor Peter Inman was elected Mayor of the Borough Council in May for 2023/24.  

Peter lives in Birch Vale with his wife, the artist Lois Blackburn, and their two children Joe and Bella. He works in Further Education, previously as a music teacher and, more recently, supporting staff to develop their teaching practice. He is passionate about providing lifelong learning, training, and job opportunities for local communities. Above all, he champions the power of education to unlock the potential in all of us. Peter also has a wide range of experiences working in the creative industries, from self-employed musician to theatre lighting technician.

Peter is a pro-active volunteer. As Chair of Governors at New Mills High School, he supports the headteacher, staff, students, and team of governors to develop a vibrant and aspirational school for all young people. Peter is a member of a Community Speed Watch group, responding to resident concerns around speeding traffic and working with the Police and community groups to find solutions to these issues. He also volunteers with New Mills litter pickers to keep our spaces, clean, green, and accessible for all. Peter is committed to environmental issues, working with Sustainable Hayfield on initiatives to help people reduce their energy bills and carbon footprints.

In his spare time, Peter enjoys growing fruit and vegetables on his allotment, going on long distance cycles, and writing and producing songs in his studio. He loves cooking, especially Thai and Indian food and has become competent in the complicated science of home brewing.

During his tenure as Mayor, Peter will be celebrating the fantastic effort, time, and commitment that volunteers play in keeping organisations and events running throughout the year. 

The Mayor & Mayoress will be raising money for the following three charities:

Mrs Lois Blackburn is the Mayoress of High Peak.

Cllr Peter Inman