Mayor's Office

Mayor Cllr David Fouweather 2017

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Newport

Councillor David Fouweather is the 385th Mayor of the City of Newport, born in the Shaftesbury area at the home of his great-grandfather, Newport’s boy hero, Tom Toya Lewis.

David attended Monnow Primary and Newport High Schools and on leaving school worked for a number of Newport companies and was a special constable for 10 years where he met his wife, Paula.

In 1994 David joined the prison service where he has served for the past 23 years. 

In 2004 he was elected to Newport City Council to represent
Allt-yr-yn ward and enjoys all aspects of council work as well as being an active school governor and supporting local groups.

David is deeply honoured to be elected Mayor of Newport and very much looks forward to the year.

Mayor’s Charity 2017/2018

The Mayor has chosen to support St David's Hospice Care, Motivation and Learning Trust (MLT) and Amazing Grace Spaces during his year.

Deputy Mayor 2017/2018

The deputy mayor for 2017/2018 is Councillor Richard White and his wife Pamela will be deputy mayoress. 

Past mayors

Newport’s first Mayor, Mr Ralph Dery, is recorded as taking up office in 1314.

The role was then left unrecorded until 1401, when Roger Thomas held office. Over the years several mayors have held office for more than one term.

One of Newport's most famous mayors was John Frost in 1836, who, less than four years later, was condemned to death for treason for his part in the Chartist uprising.

This sentence was commuted to transportation for life and in 1856 he was given a full pardon and returned to Newport.

The role of Mayor

The mayor's primary duty is to act as the Chair of full council meetings, ensuring that the proceedings are conducted properly and that all shades of opinion are given a hearing.

The mayor is also the first citizen of Newport and represents the council at civic and ceremonial events both in and outside the city.

During the term of office the mayor is non-political, and is unable to attend or become involved in any contentious issues.

The mayor is elected at the annual council meeting to be a representative of all the people of Newport, and undertakes a ceremonial role as a figurehead for the city.

The correct form of address is 'The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Newport’ and the ‘Mayoress of Newport’.

After formal introductions, they may be addressed as 'Mr. Mayor' and ‘Madam Mayoress’.

Article 5 (pdf) of the council’s Constitution offers more information on the role and function of Mayor.

Read about the mayoral Chains of Office


The Mayor’s Parlour, Newport City Council, Civic Centre, Newport
NP19 4UR
Telephone (01633) 656656