Mayor's Office

Mayor 2022 Cllr Martyn Kellaway

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Newport

Councillor Martyn Kellaway is the 390th Mayor of Newport.

Martyn was born in Barry South Glamorgan and lived most of his childhood in Winston Road on the Colcot housing estate.

Martyn attended Barry Comprehensive school before going on to Barry Technical College to study catering. 

He has had various employment roles in the catering Industry.  He started as a kitchen porter at what was Butlins, Barry Island, and then move to the Hotel International near Cardiff Airport.  This was followed by a role at the Dorchester, Park Lane, London to learn the catering trade before moving to British Steel in Newport as Chef Manager.

Martyn now works for a well-known drinks manufacturer in Gloucestershire and still involved in catering and facilities.

Martyn met his wife Helen 1989 after starting work at British Steel. They have a son, Sam, and a daughter, Becky. Helen spends her spare time pottering in the garden.

Martyn is proud to be the local Ward Councillor for Llanwern - which now includes Nash Golcliff, Whitson and Redwick.

Since first being elected in 2008 he has served on the Planning, Fairness and Licensing Committees.  Martyn also has the role of Chair of Governors at Glan Llyn Primary School and, until recently, was a Governor of Llanmartin Primary Board.

Martyn is honoured to have been chosen as Mayor for 2022/2023 and is very proud of his wife, Helen, for accepting the Mayoress role to support his Mayoralty year.

He looks forward to meeting the Citizens of Newport and organisations whilst in his term of office.

Mayor’s Charity 2022/23

The Mayor has chosen to support Elliot’s Endeavour to End Duchenne   and The Burnt Chef Project during his year in office.

Elliot’s Endeavours to End Duchenne is a fundraising effort initiated and organised by Lucy and Will proud parents of a local little boy, Elliot, who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 3.

Elliot’s family work around the clock to raise funds to support Duchenne UK in accelerating treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) to become widely available on the National Health Service and look to ensure that every patient gets the chance to participate in a trial, should they wish to.

The Burnt Chef Project aims to eradicate mental health stigma within the hospitality sector. They work to support hospitality workers through a range of mental health services for example through their academy training app, 24/7 confidential services, in-house training for staff and run a podcast for discussions on wellbeing, health, hospitality and performance.

Deputy Mayor and Mayoress 2022/23

The Deputy Mayor for 2022-2023 is Councillor John Jones who will be supported by his wife, Maria.

The Deputy Mayor attends functions on behalf of the Mayor. It is therefore very important that when the Deputy Mayor is attending functions, he is given the same respect and precedence as the Mayor of Newport. 

John grew up in Newport and, after spending some years in Rogerstone, he returned to his family roots in Bassaleg in 2014. John is a local business owner and has three grown up sons who he is very proud of. 

Inviting the mayor to an event

The mayor has a civic duty to represent and promote the city of Newport. Part of the role involves attending events which support and celebrate local people and raise the profile of the city.

To invite the mayor to an event, please complete the online invitation form.

Alternatively please complete the invitation form (doc) and return it to as early as possible (minimum of three weeks in advance). 

Please note that the mayor has a busy schedule and it is not always possible to attend events at short notice.

Protocol and advice

The mayor is Newport's first citizen and has a high profile role in maintaining and promoting the interests of the city and its people. 

The Local Government Act 1972 states that as Chairman of the City Council, the mayor shall have precedence in the district over all but members of the Royal Family or the Lord Lieutenant, representing the Royal Family.

When inviting the mayor to an event it is essential that the organiser of the event (or nominated person) accompanies the mayor for the whole time.

The correct title for introducing the mayor and mayoress is 'The Right Worshipful, the Mayor of Newport' and the 'Mayoress of Newport'. 

After initial introductions it is correct to address them as Mr Mayor and Madam Mayoress.

In formal seating arrangements (dinners etc.) the mayor should be seated on the immediate right of the host/chairperson.

The only exception to this would be if the Lord Lieutenant were present in his official capacity as the Queen's representative, or a member of the Royal Family in which case they would be given precedence over the mayor.

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

The role of mayor

The mayor's primary duty is to chair full council meetings, ensuring that the proceedings are conducted properly and that all shades of opinion are heard.

The Mayor of Newport is elected by order of seniority and holds office for a year, the seniority list (pdf) shows how long members have served. 

The mayor is elected at the annual council meeting.

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

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 Newport Past website lists the names and dates of former mayors of Newport. 


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