Vale of Glamorgan Elects New Mayor
Published 15 May 2014
Councillor Howard Hamilton has been elected as Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council for 2014/15. His wife Carol is the Mayoress.
Councillor Fred Johnson has also been elected as Deputy Mayor.
Howard was born in Cardiff and moved to the Vale of Glamorgan in the early sixties. He began his working life as a laboratory assistant with Distillers Chemicals at the Barry Site, and then went on to continue his education as a part time student studying polymer Chemistry.
His involvement with the Trade Union began with Aberthaw Cement Ltd where he began as a Shop-steward and was elected as Branch Chair a year later. Over the following years his trade union activities increased and he took on a number of major roles, including National Union Delegate with Blue Circle Cement and Delegate to the National Race Equality Committee. For a number of years he was also a Trade Union Tutor, developing and delivering courses on industrial relations, employment law and health and 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.