Cllr Rowlands was born and raised in Barry. He attended Holton Road Primary School and Barry Comprehensive School where he studied History, Politics and Information Technology. After leaving Barry Sixth he went on to read History at the University Swansea, specialising in medieval history.
After graduating Leighton worked at Cardiff International Airport as a customer service adviser. He then moved on to work in the private sector, in particular in the Waste Industry where he worked as Quality Control officer. Following time as a Quality Control Officer, Leighton worked as a Corporate Account Researcher spending another three years at the company before making a decision to stand for election.
Leighton has always has a sense of duty and commitment to the community he has lived in all his life. He was honoured that the residents of Dyfan Ward put their faith in him to serve as their Councillor on the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Barry Town Council.
Leighton is the youngest Mayor in the Vale of Glamorgan Council's history at only 28.His passions are tennis, running, and TV series and History documentaries, along with politics of course.
Cllr Rowlands has transformed the way the Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan operates. His first actions after being named as Mayor-elect were to scale back the hospitality functions of the Mayor's office and to set up a Mayor’s Foundation.
Leighton said: “I want to ensure the Mayor is value for money for the residents of the Vale of Glamorgan. With budgets reducing within the Council it was only right for me too look at my own within the Mayor's office and see what could be cut."
The new Mayor's Foundation supports organisations and charities by providing grant funding to assist with projects that help deliver the Council's vision of Strong Communities with a Bright Future.
Leighton added: "I would like to invite you to join me in rallying round in supporting of our communities, and the many frontline groups that are delivering practical solutions for our Community. One way you can do this is by donating to the Mayor’s Foundation that will be dedicated to looking at funding local Charites and Groups within the Vale of Glamorgan.
"Anyone can donate to The Mayor’s Foundation, and the money raised is awarded as grants to charities and local organizations for projects to help deliver Strong Communities with a Bright Future. The Foundation is aimed at making a significant difference to the every-day lives of people in Vale of Glamorgan and a Brighter and Stronger Community."