The new civic line-up to represent Cheshire West and Chester Council for 2015/16 has been unveiled.

The new Lord Mayor of Chester is Cllr Hugo Deynem who has lived and worked in Cheshire West for nearly 50 years.

Currently he works for an energy company as a health and safety advisor, having previously run a number of small companies for himself for some 16 years.

Cllr Deynem was first elected to represent the Kelsall ward on the former Chester City Council in 1993 and has served the Kelsall and Tarvin ward as a councillor on Cheshire West and Chester Council since its inception.

Following re-election to Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council in May 2011 he chaired the localities scrutiny board, and recently was his party’s spokesperson on the standards committee and chair on the public rights of way committee. He was also member champion for climate change for the council.

Cllr Deynem was re-elected in May 2015 having completed a successful year as Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester for 2014/15.

He said: “I am extremely pleased and honoured to be taking on the historic and important role of Lord Mayor.

“We are in the second year of the 100th commemoration of the First World War and as we move through this civic year there will, rightly be, a focus on the key dates that resonate most clearly with us here in Chester and Cheshire, particularly those all so important dates that involved our brave soldiers from the Cheshire Regiment.

“Also over the next 12 months I want to engage closely with our vibrant tourist economy, including the city centre hoteliers, guest house proprietors and key visitor attractions to raise the profile of, and engagement with, the civic team and the heads for mutual benefit and also to assist in my fundraising objectives.”

Cllr Deynem has chosen to support three charities during the year. The first is OPAL - Older People Active Lives - which is a local charity working across Cheshire West encouraging and supporting our older residents to get out and about and improve opportunity for social interaction.

The second is Cancer Research which is the well known cancer fundraising charity, a cause which is personally close to Cllr Deynem and his family.

The Wildlife Habitats Trust is the third charity, dedicated to raising and distributing funds to help with wildlife conservation. The trust provides grants to help manage sites for wildlife conservation and also provides support for local and national Biodiversity Action Plans.

Cllr Deynem added: “I will be hosting a number of fundraising events planned throughout the year to support my chosen charities and would be pleased if you are able to support me and them at one or more of these events. I do hope to see you at either some of them, or one of the many engagements we will be attending.

“If you are not able to, we will also be holding open days at the Town Hall and you would be more than welcome to come along, have a cup of tea and spend some time visiting the Lord Mayor’s Parlour.”

Cllr Deynem is married to Deb and has three children.

Deputy Lord Mayor Angela Claydon, Lord Mayor of Chester Hugo Deynem and Sheriff Alex Black

The new Sheriff of Chester, Cllr Alex Black, served as a police officer for 30 years.

He served in Wallasey from 1962 until 1968 when he was transferred to Chester where he remained until 1981 as a member of CID.

In 1981 he was promoted to sergeant and worked in Winsford until being transferred to Ellesmere Port in 1983 where he remained until his retirement in 1992. Following that he worked for a catering equipment company before moving to Cheshire County Council’s transport department as a bus driver and retired in 2002.

From 2001 until 2003 he was a member of Chester City Council. In 2011 he was elected to Cheshire West and Chester Council for Hoole in Chester. He has been a member of the licensing committee, planning committee, and the police and crime


Married to Janet for 52 years the couple have two children Richard and Angela and twin grandsons Alex and Charlie aged nine.

Cllr Black said: “As Sheriff I want to meet as many young people as I can to explain democracy and civic life, with the aim that they will be interested in them when they become of voting age.

“I also want to welcome people from other countries moving into Chester, to help them settle in and become Cestrians, able to contribute to our society. These meetings could take place at their workplaces, schools and places of worship.”

The new Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester is Cllr Angela Claydon who has previously held the posts of Mayor of Ellesmere Port and Sheriff of Chester.

Cllr Claydon is Deputy Lord Mayor and also the portfolio holder in the cabinet for housing and is a councillor for St Paul’s, Ellesmere Port.

She is the former chairman of the borough council’s housing committee.

Cllr Claydon is a retired primary school teacher who specialised in literacy and special needs.

In 1996 Cllr Claydon was elected to Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council and served on several committees, including Housing.

In 2008 she was elected to serve on Cheshire West and Chester Council.

She has a son and daughter and three grandchildren and her interests include reading, working on her family tree, folk music and travel. She is also a keen theatre-goer, especially enjoying Shakespeare and ballet.

Cllr Claydon said: “I am looking forward to my new role as Deputy Lord Mayor, supporting the Lord Mayor during his civic year in office, and meeting children and people involved in a wide range of occasions.”