Councillor Howard Hamilton
Vale of Glamorgan Mayor 2014-2015
The Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council for 2014 - 2015 is Councillor Howard Hamilton. His wife Carol is the Mayoress.
Howard was born in Cardiff and moved to the Vale of Glamorgan in the early sixties. He attended Romilly Secondary School. His working life began as a Laboratory Assistant with Distillers Chemicals at the Barry Site. In 1972 he qualified as a junior industrial chemist and a year later was made redundant. He continued with his education as a part time student, firstly at Barry College of Further Education, then Bristol Technical College, Glamorgan Polytechnic and a final year at the Cardiff College of Advance Technology, studying polymer Chemistry.
He started work as a shift tester with Aberthaw Cement Ltd and it was during this time that his involvement with the Trade Union began. Firstly he was a Shop-steward and a year later elected as Branch Chair. Over the following years his trade union activities increased and he became Branch Secretary, National Union Delegate with Blue Circle Cement, Chair of the T&GWU Regional Race Equality, Delegate to the National Race Equality Committee. Over the years he has represented them at National TUC and National Labour Party Conferences and other Equality Conferences. For a number of years he was a Trade Union Tutor, developing and delivering courses on industrial relations, employment law and health & safety.
In 2008 Howard was elected to Barry Town Council and in 2009 served as Mayor of Barry Town Council. In 2012 he was elected as Vale of Glamorgan County Councillor representing the Illtyd Ward in Barry.
Over the years Howard and Carol have been involved with various local charities and in 2010 became Patrons of Barry Beavers Disabled Swimming Club. They have chosen to support the Barry Beavers Disabled Swimming Club and Air Ambulance Wales as their charities for the forthcoming year.