The Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council for 2016/17 is Councillor Stuart Egan.
Councillor Stuart Egan was born in Barry and has been a proud resident of Barry all of this life. A former pupil at Barry Boys Comprehensive School, he left at the age of 16 when he secured employment locally with the Trustees Savings Bank on Holton Road where he worked for 2 years.
Stuart subsequently gained employment, again locally, with BP Chemicals, where he carried out a variety of jobs for 9 years. Following a major reorganisation and contraction of the Site, Stuart gratefully took redundancy, however, finding himself unemployed for a while which he found very grim, he decided upon a change of career direction and decided to attend college to follow a lifetime passion for cooking. Studying Catering at Barry College of Further Education, Stuart attained a City and Guilds qualification which lead to employment at Llandough Hospital working in the pot wash in the kitchens.
Soon after this, he moved to Sully Hospital, driving cook-chilled food to Llandough Hospital. Twelve months later Stuart secured the position of Assistant Cook and thereafter Chef until the hospital closed a number of years later, when he transferred back to Llandough Hospital.
During his career with the NHS, Stuart became involved in the Trade Union movement as a local representative and quickly moved on to become Branch Secretary of the local branch of NUPE, continuing in this role when Unison was formed.
Stuart has held many positions within the Union on a Local, Regional and National level, and carried out years of employment training with the TUC, WEA and Unison.
Stuart’s political career started when he was first elected onto the Vale of Glamorgan Council in 1995. He is a former Deputy Leader of The Vale of Glamorgan Council and Cabinet Member for Adult Services which also saw him take on the role of Older Peoples’ Champion. Stuart is Chair of Governors at High Street Primary School, and also a Governor at St Helens Junior School. Stuart represents the Buttrills Ward in Barry and holds regular Surgeries where constituents can raise issues and seek assistance.
Is there a difference between a Mayor and a Lord Mayor?
Cities have a Lord Mayor; Councils like the Vale of Glamorgan have a Mayor.
What is the difference between a Mayoress and a Consort?
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor appoint their companions. Either a spouse, partner, son, daughter or friend is chosen. If the companions are wives they are referred to as the Mayoress or Deputy Mayoress.
If husband, brother or sister is chosen they are called Consort or Deputy Consort.
Is the Mayor's car theirs to keep?
No. One car is used by the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor. The Mayor doesn’t drive the car himself but is driven by a chauffeur.The civic car can also be used by the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive.
How busy is the Mayor?
The Mayor’s workload can vary from year to year depending on what’s taking place in the Vale of Glamorgan during the Mayor’s term. In recent years Mayors have regularly undertaken in excess of 550 engagements a year. “Engagements” include meetings, chairing full council, charity committee meetings, charity events, exhibition openings etc
How is a Mayor chosen?
A Mayor is always a member of the council, usually with long service, who is invited to stand by colleagues from their political party, and has usually been Deputy Mayor the previous year.
The vote for a new Mayor is taken at the Annual General Meeting of Council, which is traditionally held in May.
When there is a clear majority in the Council the candidate can expect to be elected unopposed. However, if there is a hung Council there can be more than one candidate for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor and the election result can be very close.
Can a Mayor be in office more than once?
Yes, although they cannot hold the title 'Mayor' for more than one year in office.
Does the Mayor run the council?
The Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council is a non-political and non-executive role. The Vale of Glamorgan Council is headed by the Leader of the Council and their Cabinet, with scrutiny committees monitoring Cabinet decisions closely.
The Mayor chairs Council meetings and ensures that each agenda item is debated fairly.
At full council it is unusual for the Mayor to speak on an issue as they need to be impartial. However if necessary they hold the casting vote on issues.
Does the Mayor earn a lot of money?
All councillors receive a basic allowance, but the Mayor receives an additional special allowance set by Council to enable the Mayor/Deputy Mayor to carry out their additional duties.
When does the Mayor wear the chain of office?
The Mayor always wears the chain of office when on official business, unless specifically requested not to.
The Deputy Mayor wears her chain when representing the Mayor.