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Mayor of High Peak

Councillor Stewart Gardner was elected Mayor of the Borough Council in May for 2024/25.

From the Mayor, Councillor Stewart Gardner:

"I moved to Simmondley in Glossop in 1999 and the area means a huge amount to me, so to represent it on High Peak Borough Council fills me with pride. We moved here mainly because we love the countryside and the glorious Peak District. Myself, my wife Melissa and my son Joe love to make full use of the area's glorious walking, running and cycling trails. I'm from Somerset originally but Glossop is our home and will always be special to us.

A particularly rewarding part of my role as a councillor has been the ability to help local groups and projects, e.g. helping fund the community running track in Simmondley, the purchase of the soldier silhouette on the village green and securing the total refurbishment of the main kids playground in Simmondley is something that was so rewarding after a lot of hard work. I just wish my son was still young enough to use it!

I worked for Manchester United TV for 17 years as a commentator and presenter - it's fair to say there have been a few ups and downs in that time! I also work for Premier League Productions and IMG. I previously worked for the BBC as a Broadcast Journalist and really feel that I've been lucky to have a fulfilling career.

I'm supporting 3 charities during my time as Mayor - High Peak Community Arts, Glossop Mountain Rescue and the MS Society. I've had MS for more than 20 years and really hope to make a difference in my year as Mayor."

Cllr Stewart Gardner

Councillor Stewart Gardner and Mrs Melissa Gardner.