Cllr Graham Baxter MBE

Cllr Graham Baxter MBE

Council roles

  • First elected to North East Derbyshire District Council in May 1983, as ward member for Dronfield North
  • Since election, Cllr Baxter has served on and led a number of NEDDC committees and sub-committees:

Vice Chair of the Recreation and Leisure Sub-Committee

Chair of the Technical and Leisure Committee (the only Member to have ever chaired this committee)

Cabinet Member for Leisure, leading on Agenda 21 of the Kyoto Protocol to tackle climate change

Served as Deputy Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, for four years from May 2000 to July 2004 when he became Leader of the Council

Cabinet Member for Building a Better Council

  • Has been heavily involved with building links with North East Derbyshire's twin district inGermany, Darmstadt-Dieberg and Dronfield Town Council's twinning partner Sindlefindgen
  • One of four Labour Leaders who sit on the District Councillor's Network at the Local Government Association (LGA)

Highlights during time at Council

  • Opening of Dronfield Sports Centre in 2008 following a £3.4m transformation including refurbished pool and new fitness suite. Cllr Baxter was heavily involved in the nine year campaign to refurbish the site
  • Overseeing the housing development at Shireoaks in Dronfield, which allowed the Council to replace the non-traditional Smith's Houses site This was completed August 2007, and saw 42 non traditional homes replaced by 51 new-build units
  • Overseeing the introduction of the wheelie bin scheme when it was first launched by the Council in 1987
  • Leading the Council to its historic 'excellent' rating from the Audit Commission in 2008. At the time the only Council to go from "Weak" to "Excellent"


  • Born in Sheffield in July 1940, he moved to Dronfield in 1975
  • Married with two children
  • Worked as a machine tool fitter in various Engineering Companies inSheffield– continuing in this role after being elected to North East Derbyshire District Council. He retired in 2001
  • He has always been active in the trade unions, joining the Engineering Union (now Unite) on his first day of work. In 2006 he notched up 50 years' membership, having served in a variety of roles including shop steward and numerous branch officer positions

Community roles

  • Elected to Dronfield Town Council in May 1983
  • In 1995 he was Mayor of the firstLabour-controlledDronfieldTownCouncil
  • Has served as a Governor at a number of local schools including Dronfield Junior and Infant,GosforthValleyand The Dronfield School
  • Chair of Thomas Taylor charity, based in Dronfield – the charity helps young people purchase tools or educational materials as they leave full-time education, to help them start their career.
  • Trustee of Dronfield Contact Trades and Labour Club
  • Director of Derbyshire Economic Partnership
  • In June 2010 Graham was awarded the M.B.E. for services to Local Government.
  • In February 2011 Graham was named as "Council Leader of the Year" in the L.G.I.U. National Awards
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