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.


Cave, Christine


Cllr Christine Cave

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Councillor Christine Cave is the member for the Llandow/Ewenny Ward.  She has lived in Llandow since 2007, and prior to this she lived in the adjoining ward of Llantwit Major.  Christine is married with five grown up children and she has 16 grandchildren. 


Christine studied Psychology at a London University obtaining BSc. 1st Class Honours Degree; she also holds a Masters Degree in creative writing and personal development, and a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) counselling.  Christine has worked in health and social care for most of her working life, obtaining roles in the private, public and voluntary sectors.  This work has included conducting research into user involvement in health and social care, and she has a number of academic publications which highlight the usefulness of the patient voice in health and social care research.  She currently runs a small private practice offering psychological support to adults and young people in the Vale of Glamorgan. 


She is a keen runner, and along with her husband Alan, takes part in Park Runs on a Saturday morning, and, she also enjoys gardening and helps out at the annual Llandow Fete, running the flower stall. 


Christine is passionate about taking forward the work already started last year by the Mayoral Foundation.  She is launching a number of new initiatives to advance and showcase the Foundation.  In particular, this will focus on the important collaboration being forged with local charities, businesses, and volunteers, as they strive to improve the lives of those living and working in the Vale of Glamorgan.





  • 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.