In the past year Glen Chisholm has been Mayor of Ipswich. However, while typical mayors opt for nothing more exerting than chain wearing and ribbon cutting, he has been photographed in a Star Trek outfit and spotted riding at a skate park and dancing in the early hours of the morning to Rage Against The Machine.
“The public perception of a mayor was an old Victorian gentleman”, says the 43-year-old. “[I wanted] to break down some misconceptions.”
Mr Chisholm was born in Ipswich, a second generation immigrant, to an English mother and father of Jamaican descent.
He entered the world of politics four years ago when he saw an advert in a newspaper for new councillors and went on to be elected mayor last year.
“I was lucky that I’ve seen some good mayors before me,” he said. “But people see it as being something that was unobtainable and out of reach. I knew that wasn’t the case.”
One of the goals during his year-long stint as mayor was to show that “anyone from any background can succeed”.
“I think I’ve gone a long way to achieving this,” Mr Chisholm said, who is Labour councillor for Whitehouse in Ipswich.
Flash mob dancing, Star Trek balls and continuing to enjoy nights out were a way of breaking down perceptions of mayoral life.
“I take the role seriously but I don’t take myself too seriously,” Mr Chisholm said. “I’ve been out for a drink with friends, different gigs, and people have seen me there and been a little surprised.
“But I’m a normal 43 year old. We enjoy music as well.”