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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.


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Councillor Susan Lloyd-Selby

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Councillor Susan Lloyd-Selby was born in Cadoxton and has lived in Barry for most of her life.


After graduating from Aberystwyth University, she spent over 20-years managing, developing, and commissioning services for people with a learning disability before running her own consultancy business.


She has previously served as a school governor and has set up several local community initiatives to support children and families in need, including a Christmas gift initiative for children and a local food bank. She is a trustee of a local charity and works on a part-time basis for a national charity that supports food banks across Wales and campaigns for change to reduce and prevent the need for emergency food aid in the UK.


Councillor Lloyd-Selby was elected to the Vale of Glamorgan Council in 2022 and prior to that, served as a Barry Town Councillor for five years.


Married with two adult children, she is a member of a local church, an avid reader and enjoys gardening, cooking, travel and spending time with family and friends.


During her time in office, Councillor Lloyd-Selby wants to promote and support as many charitable and community events as possible and as a volunteer and informal carer, says she is particularly keen to focus on groups and organisations that are seeking to support carers and all those who are seeking to tackle poverty in its various forms.  



  • 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.