Councillor John Sewell, Bem, Mayor of the borough for the civic year 2022/23

Mayor of Erewash John Sewell and Mayoress His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Sewell BEM, is delighted to have been elected as the First Citizen for the civic year 2022/23 and looks forward to visiting all parts of the Borough and meeting residents, members of groups and businesses.

During his term of office he will be supported mainly by his wife, Rose but in times when she is unavailable then a member of his family will accompany him.  Rose and John have been married for 55 years and have two children, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. 

After leaving Parklands County Boys’ School, John went to work at Toton Sidings where he was a Fireman but with the introduction of diesel engines he decided on a career change.  He was already a reservist with the Royal Yeomanry Regiment (RYR) and so decided to join the Army, being recruited to the County Cavalry Regiment, the 9/12 Royal Lancers (POW) and serving 34 years retiring as a Major.  Upon retiring he served a further 10 years as a civil servant working for the Ministry of Defence in Germany and the United Kingdom.  During his time in armed forces, John was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).  He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Supervisory Management (FISM).

Both Rose and John’s families have lived in the Borough since 1801.  John has lead a very full and eventful life, travelling the world but he has always returned to his home town and now lives in the place he was born and grew up – Sawley.   Now retired, he keeps very busy as you would expect with four great grandchildren and as ward councillor for the Sawley ward on the Borough Council where he sits on several committees.  He also runs the Sawley Youth Club which he and a fellow councillor started in March 2020.

During his year in office, the Mayor will be supporting the local branches of the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and the local Cadet units. He looks forward to helping raise awareness of the excellent work they carry out.

Councillor Chris Corbett will be supporting the Mayor as his Deputy during the year.