The Mayor 

Role and responsibilities, chosen charities and information about the Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

The Mayor must be an elected member of the Council.  

 

He or she is elected into office at the Annual Meeting of the Council in May and his or her year of office runs to May of the following year.  

 

The Mayor and Mayoress wear their chains of office when they attend functions on behalf of the Council.

 

Cllr Jayne Norman - Vale of Glamorgan Mayor 2020-21

2020/21

Councillor Jayne Norman

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Councillor Jayne Norman moved to Llantwit Major 36 years ago. After previously working in education she spent her time bringing up her two children and started working on the family farm where they lived.

 

Her last post was in Llantwit Major School, where she worked for a number of years before retiring from the role as Learning Resources Centre Manager 12 years ago.

 

While at the school, Councillor Norman became very active in the Trades Union movement and eventually becoming Unison Woman’s’ Officer for the Vale of Glamorgan Council. This was a post she held until her retirement.

 

On retirement she worked part-time at the local library and was elected to Llantwit Major Town Council in 2015.

 

Further to this in 2017 Councillor Norman became The Mayor of Llantwit Major Town Council, and, in the same year, was elected to the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

 

After becoming a widowed mother of two, and a grandmother of five she also enjoys and promotes supporting local charity organisations, she is also a keen gardener as well as enjoying travel, and most types of craft work.

 

She hopes to continue to develop the role of Mayor to the best of her ability, during what is currently a very difficult time.

 

One of the points she will hope to focus on during her term of office, is the role of young people in our future as a local authority, and to ensure we get them involved in what will one day be their responsibility.

 

She looks forward to encouraging the Youth Cabinet and Youth Councils to take a more active part in decision making, as she says they are our future. 

 

 

  • 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.