Following the resignation on 15.02.21 of the Mayor Iftakhar Hussain, Cllr Derek Hardman will undertake Mayoral duties as Deputy Mayor rather than Mayor as that would require approval at full Council. The intention is for Cllr Derek Hardman to continue as Deputy Mayor until Annual Council in May when he will be appointed as the Mayor. A new Deputy Mayor will also then be appointed.
Cllr Derek Hardman was born in Sefton Park Hospital in Liverpool, and moved to Blackburn at an early age. His farther worked at Foster Yates and Toms, engineers and boilermakers.
The family moved to Little Harwood where Derek lived there for over 20 years. He attended St Stephen’s C of E Primary school and then St Wilfred’s High School. At school, Derek enjoyed sport and was a keen goalkeeper. He continued to play sport and as an adult, he took up refereeing in the Blackburn Combination League and was promoted to the Cheshire League and The North West Counties. Derek refereed the Orphanage Cup Final at Ewood Park between Mullards and ROF.
Following school Derek received an Engineering Apprenticeship at Mullards Blackburn. He left there in 1983 and bought a newsagent in Pleckgate. He later got a job at RL Jepson’s and in 1993 went to work at the Swan Power Transmission at Preston. For the last 20 years, Derek has worked for Brammer on site at BAE Systems Samlesbury.
Outside work, Derek is involved in Scouts; he became a leader at Immanuel Feniscowles and then moved on to St Gabriel’s and Salisbury Scouts. Derek was awarded his wood badge in scouting the top honour for leaders.
Derek then met Colette and in 1994, they got married at St Stephens Church in Little Harwood. Derek and Colette have a daughter called Kaylie who now has a partner called Gary and they have two children called McKenzie and Melody. Derek has an older daughter, Lisa, who is married to Scott and together they have a daughter called Lily.
In 2004, they extended their family when their triplets were born. Ella, Abigail and Owen are now 17 years old and attend Queen Elizabeth Grammar School 6th Form.
Derek has always enjoyed politics and has been a Councillor for Livesey Parish Council for over 20 years. He has been Chairman on several occasions. In 2001, Derek was first elected to Blackburn with Darwen Council to represent the Livesey with Pleasington Ward. Derek has served on a number of committees including the planning committee for many years and has been both the Chair and Vice Chair main scrutiny committee. Derek is the Conservative Group Deputy Leader.
Derek is involved with two of the local primary schools and is the Chair of Governors at both St Pauls RC Primary School and Feniscowles County Primary School.
Derek enjoys spending time with his family and going on family holidays to the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales, enjoying holidays there relaxing on the beach, walking, visits to castles and railways and most importantly spending time together.