The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Newport
The present Mayor, Councillor Herbie Thomas, is the 383rd Mayor of the City of Newport.
Herbie was born in 1948 - the year the NHS was founded - and left school at 15 taking up various jobs before starting work at St Woolos hospital in 1972, where he worked for 43 years..
He and his partner Jackie have been together for 35 years and have a son Michael.
Herbie has been a school governor for over 35 years and was elected to the council in 1994.
Herbie and Jackie feel very privileged to be undertaking the role of Mayor and Mayoress of Newport and are looking forward with pleasure to meeting the people Newport.
Mayor’s Charity 2015/2016
The Mayor has chosen to support Diabetes UK Cymru, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Madzimai Pamwe, a Newport based community group working to promote local community cohesion and support women and children in Zimbabwe.
The deputy mayor for 2015/2016 is Councillor Kate Thomas.
Kate was born in Birmingham and has always been proud of her father’s Welsh ancestry.
She has lived in Newport since 2000 and has worked for Charter Community Services with people with learning disabilities, the National Autistic Society, Newport Mind and GAVO.
Kate was elected to Newport City Council in 2012 and values Newport's fantastic people, incredible history, the river, Victorian parks, the wetlands and ongoing development which make the city an enjoyable place to live and work.
Councillor Thomas is deeply honoured to be invited to be Deputy Mayor and looks forward to supporting the Mayor and 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.
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 former mayors of Newport
Read about the mayoral Chains of Office
The Mayor’s Parlour, Newport City Council, Civic Centre, Newport
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