The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Newport
The present Mayor, Councillor David Atwell, is the 384th Mayor of the City of Newport.
As an apprentice, Councillor David Atwell received an award from the then Mayor of Newport to mark his achievements – now he is the city’s First Citizen.
Councillor Atwell became Newport’s Mayor at an official ceremony in the Civic Centre and will be supported during his year of office by his wife, Carole, as Mayoress.
Born and educated in Newport, Councillor Atwell attended the College of Building and Technology where he was recognised as an outstanding apprentice and presented with his award.
He worked as a lecturer at Nash College before setting up his own construction business.
As well as running his firm, he held various offices with the Chepstow Lions Club.
He became a councillor in 2001 and has served in a number of roles including Cabinet Member for Education and Young People.
He is a governor at Langstone Primary School and has chaired one of the council’s scrutiny committees for the last four years.
A former rugby player for Newport Saracens, St Julian’s HSOB and the Civil Service, Councillor Atwell also once played cricket for Malpas CC and football for Temple St YMCA.
He was also a member of Newport Operatic Society and Newport Playgoers and sang in several choirs that toured America and Germany.
His love of music continues and he is a supporter of Gwent Music which provides music tuition and activities for young people in the area.
Mayor’s Charity 2016/2017
The Mayor has chosen to support children’s charity Ty Hafan, armed forces charity SSAFA and Pets as Therapy during his year.
Deputy Mayor 2016/2017
The deputy mayor for 2016/2017 is Councillor David Fouweather and his wife Paula will be deputy mayoress.
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
Telephone (01633) 656656