Erewash Borough Council

Councillor Donna Briggs, Mayor of the borough for the civic year 2021/22

Mayor of Erewash Councillor Donna Briggs
The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Donna Briggs, is delighted to have been elected as the First Citizen for the civic year 2021/22 and looks forward to visiting all parts of the Borough and meeting residents, members of groups and businesses.

During her term of office she will be supported by her husband Steve. They have been married for 33 years and have two children and two grandchildren. They have lived in Long Eaton since 1992. Life for Donna has certainly never been boring, dull or uneventful as it has always been about juggling commitments around the needs of the family, employment, study and volunteering in the community.

On leaving school, she worked for an ophthalmic optician and then as an administrator for a vehicle instrumentation company. She has also studied Law at night school and volunteered at the local playgroup and primary school as well as in the office of the Conservative Association. Steve is an Analyst with the Nottingham University and Hospital Trust.

Before Covid-19 struck, she volunteered at a pensioners’ luncheon club and is looking forward to being able to return to this. During the first lockdown and the spare time it afforded she took an on-line course in Spanish. Her aspiration is to write a book (or two) in English.

Donna first represented the Borough Council’s Wilsthorpe ward as a Conservative councillor from 2003 to 2007 and then as ward member for the Long Eaton ward until 2015. She regained this seat in 2019.

Donna is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to serve as Mayor of the Borough and is looking forward to contributing to the rich community spirit of our towns and villages which has been so evident during the lockdowns by raising awareness of all the charities, community groups and voluntary organisations across the Borough. She also hopes to encourage anyone who isn’t currently involved in a local group to join one.

She says: “There are so many, doing so many different things and most are looking for that someone to be able to dedicate a little time and energy to their good cause. Membership of a good cause brings many things, great satisfaction in helping others, comradery in new friendships and a sense of achievement knowing you have made a little difference."

Mayor’s Chaplain

The Mayor is delighted that The Reverend Tony Street at All Saints Church, Sawley has agreed to act as her Chaplain during the forthcoming civic year.

The Mayor’s Charities

During her year in office, the Mayor has chosen to support three local charities, The Canaan Trust and Treetops Hospice, two charities which are close to her heart and which she has supported for many years. The third charity is the Long Eaton and District Talking Newspaper. She looks forward to spending time with each of the charities and to helping raise awareness of the excellent work they carry out on behalf of residents.

Deputy Mayor

The Deputy Mayor for the 2021/22 civic year is Councillor John Sewell who represents the Sawley ward on the Borough Council.

Notes on 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 her as Madam Mayor - and should introduce her to the host or the assembled company.

If the Mayor is to speak, her 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 she 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 “The Worshipful the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Donna Briggs”. The Mayor will normally be accompanied by the Consort and sometimes a Chauffeur. The Chauffeur should be advised of changes to programme, parking and the anticipated time that the event will end.

Invite the Mayor to your event

As Mayor, Councillor Briggs is looking forward to visiting all parts of the borough and meeting, listening and talking to its residents. She is keen to invite groups into the Town Halls, particularly school children, to hear about local democracy, civic life and the importance of using your vote.

To invite the Mayor to your event, or to request a visit to either of the Town Halls, you should send a written invitation via the Mayor’s Office. Invitations are considered on a strictly first come, first served basis and you may wish to telephone the Mayor’s Office to check availability before writing. The address is: Mayor’s Office, Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5RP (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 9071115).

The office will help you if you need any guidance on protocol, for instance how to introduce the Mayor, how to draw up a seating plan or for advice on the involvement of the local press.