Introducing the Mayor and Mayoress
Councillor Stuart Heptinstall and Miss Charlotte Heptinstall
Born in Wakefield in 1947 Stuart was educated locally and went on to further education at Wakefield Technical College, Whitwood Mining College, Barnsley College and Leeds University (Adult Education).
Stuart went into the mining industry and secured a mining craft electrical apprenticeship at Park Hill Colliery. He became an active member of the surface/underground firefighting teams and the civil defence team and became the Captain of Park Hill Mines Rescue Team and the NUM Branch Treasurer until its closure in 1983 when he then transferred to Riccall Mine in the Selby Coalfield. Stuart went on to win mine rescue competitions, and, after gaining further qualifications accepted the post of Safety Officer.
The highlight of Stuart’s career was the annual National Mines Rescue Competition held in Stoke in 1992. He captained the Riccall Number 1 Mine Rescue Team to tremendous victory, beating teams from Scotland, Wales, Nottingham and South Yorkshire to win all the awards on offer on the day. This accomplishment had never been achieved before, nor was it achieved since.
As Chairperson of the English/German young miners exchange programme operating within British Coal, Stuart facilitated the exchange of apprentices from the Wakefield District with the twin mining towns of Catrop-Rauxel and Herne.
Stuart and Christine married in 1966. Devoted to their family, they have three children Stephen, Lee and Sharon, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Stephen has three children, Amy, Tom and Charlotte (the Mayoress) and is married to Catherine. Lee has one daughter Natallie and two grandsons Jayden and Jaxon. Sharon is married to Peter and has three sons Nash, Cavan and Kyran.
Stuart became a Rugby League fan at an early age and continues to support Wakefield Trinity to date. He has a passion for his local community and has enjoyed coaching junior rugby league and championed teams to compete in Wales, Scotland and France.
Elected in 2015, Stuart represents Ward 16 Wakefield East and serves the West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee, the West Yorkshire Services Governance and Audit Sub-Committee, the National Coal Mining Liaison Committee and the Wakefield Angling Club and has been a School Governor at Pinders Primary Junior and Infants School for over thirty years.
Born and raised in Wakefield, the Mayoress studies Philosophy at Lincoln University and at 18 years of age becomes the youngest Mayoress the Wakefield District has known. In her first year at university Charlotte has joined the university swimming team and in her spare time volunteers at a local elderly persons home. On completing her studies, Charlotte hopes to go on to a career in politics or teaching religious studies and philosophy.
From a young age Charlotte has been a member of the local scouts association. She represented Outwood Grange Academy in various sporting activities and has fond memories of representing the school in the girls under 15’s rugby league national schools final team at the Wembley Challenge Cup Weekend in 2013.
An admirable choice for Mayor and Mayoress, Stuart and Charlotte are both honoured and privileged to serve the District and its people.