Councillor Alan Law JP
114th Lord Mayor of Sheffield
Alan Law was born in Barnsley, and lived in West Melton, Rotherham, until his teens. His family moved to Deepcar, where his father was landlord at the King and Miller. After a short spell living in Woodseats, following his marriage to Christine, they moved back to Deepcar, with their two young children; son Mark and daughter Nicola. Sadly, his much loved wife died early in life, in 1997. Alan left Penistone Grammar School with five GCE 0 levels, later going on to do an Open University Degree in Physics and Technology in the 80’s. Alan started work at seventeen years of age with a local refractory company, GR Steins, and then Dyson Refractories at Stannington, later moving to a career with the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. He then moved on to working for Royal Mail, from which he recently retired.
Alan has been active in politics from a very early age; his father was active politically and in the NUM. His first recollection of his involvement was at the age of ten, running between the Polling Station and the Labour Committee Rooms with up-dated information. In 1979 he was elected to Sheffield City Council for the Stocksbridge Ward, but lost the seat a year later. He returned in 1981 for Firth Park Ward. In recent years he has also been a member of Stocksbridge Town Council, serving as Chairman and Town Mayor in 2008/09. He is a Magistrate on the Sheffield Bench, and chairs Adult Courts. During his time as a City Councillor, he has served on a variety of committees/boards, previously being Deputy Chair of the old Education Committee, and recently Chair of the City Centre Planning Board. An active School Governor, Alan is very proud of the success of Fir Vale School and Longley Park College, both of which he has been a Governor of for many years.
Alan has a very active involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, an organisation he became involved with whilst working at the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce in the late 80’s. He chairs the Sheffield DofE Award Board of Trustees, and is very proud of the achievements of the DofE Award over recent years, particularly in disadvantaged areas and amongst groups of young people who would not normally access DofE Award activities. One particular interest is the present Lord Mayor’s DofE Award. This was started a few years ago, and is basically an adaptation of the DofE to suit the 8 to 13 years range and, in particular, young people with special needs. He is keen to retain this well received Award as a permanent feature of the Lord Mayor’s year.
Alan is widowed and has two children, his daughter Nicola married to Steven, and son Mark married to Rachel. He has nine grandchildren – Sam, Charley, Elliot, Ellie, Holly, Christopher, Harvey, Joseph and Sophie. Time permitting, he enjoys gardening; a wide range of music from Classical to Punk Rock and also has an interest in real ale, and investigating his family history.
Mrs Nicola Ashton
Lady Mayoress of Sheffield
Nicola was born in Sheffield and moved to Deepcar as a baby. She attended local schools in Deepcar and Stocksbridge, and lived locally before moving to Shirecliffe ten years ago.
Nicola works with Voluntary Services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals as an Administrator assisting in the recruitment of new volunteers for Sheffield Hospitals. She also works on supporting existing volunteers.
Nicola is married to Steven, and has two daughters, a son, and a stepson. She enjoys spending time with her family and has a love of gardening, interior design and listening to music.