Councillor Margaret Wilkinson
Vale of Glamorgan Mayor 2013-2014
The Vale of Glamorgan Council Mayor for 2013/2014 is Councillor Margaret Wilkinson who is an elected member for the Gibbonsdown Ward in Barry. She has chosen her friend, Jayne Norman, to be her consort for this year.
Margaret was born in Belfast in 1944 and moved to Barry when she was four years old. Her mother was from Belfast and married her father, a Barry boy who was stationed in Northern Ireland during the war.
At 18 years old she went to work with the NAAFI in Germany and worked at several British Army Bases. While there she met her first husband and enjoyed the Army life travelling to Gibraltar, Catterick and Watchet. In 1972 she met her second husband Bob, and they were married in 1975 and set up home in Gibbonsdown, Barry. Margaret has two sons and a daughter.
Throughout her working life, Margaret has fought for the rights of workers and against inequality. She has been an active member of Unison and is Chair of the Unison Labour Link in Wales and Vice Chair of the National Labour Link. Margaret is also Chair of the Welsh Labour Party. She believes this interest sparked off her political career.
Margaret is a member of Barry Town Council. She has been Mayoress of the town twice and in 2001 became Mayor and 2003 Leader of the Town Council.
Margaret became a councillor with the Vale of Glamorgan Council in 2004. As a member of this Council she has served on the Cabinet. She is currently Chairman of Housing and Public Protection Committee, Vice Chairman of Licensing and Planning Committee; a member on the Appointment of Local Authority Governors Advisory Panel and the Public Rights of Way Sub Committee. She is also Chairman of the Vale of Glamorgan Conservation Area Advisory Group.
She is a Governor on Colcot Primary School and St Helens Junior School.
Margaret has a special interest in all issues relating to housing and believes that everyone has a right to a nice home. She is also a great advocate for women’s rights.
The Mayor has chosen three charities to support this year – Age Cymru, National Coastwatch Institution at Nell’s Point, Barry Island and Dreams & Wishes.
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