Mayor's Office

Mayor Malcolm Linton 2018-2019

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Newport

Councillor Malcolm Linton is Newport's 386th Mayor.

Malcolm was born in Newport and lived in his grandparents' home on Corporation Road before moving with the family onto the newly built Ringland estate.

Malcolm attended Milton Infant and Junior School and Hartridge High School before going on to Nash Technical College and Allt-yr-yn College.

He graduated from the University of Glamorgan with a BSc Hons and works as a quantity surveyor. 

Malcolm and his wife Sharon have three children.

In 2004 Malcolm was elected as a ward councillor for Ringland and is proud to serve his local community and city.

Mayor’s Charities 2018/2019

The Mayor has chosen to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Epilepsy Action Wales during his year in office.

Deputy Mayor 2018/2019

The deputy mayor for 2018/2019 is Councillor Phil Hourahine and his wife Merille will be deputy mayoress. 

Past mayors

Newport’s first Mayor, Mr Ralph Dery, is recorded as taking up office in 1314.

The role was then left unrecorded until 1401, when Roger Thomas held office. Over the years several mayors have held office for more than one term.

One of Newport's most famous mayors was John Frost in 1836, who, less than four years later, was condemned to death for treason for his part in the Chartist uprising.

This sentence was commuted to transportation for life and in 1856 he was given a full pardon and returned to Newport.

The role of Mayor

The mayor's primary duty is to act as the Chair of full council meetings, ensuring that the proceedings are conducted properly and that all shades of opinion are given a hearing.

The mayor is also the first citizen of Newport and represents the council at civic and ceremonial events both in and outside the city.

During the term of office the mayor is non-political, and is unable to attend or become involved in any contentious issues.

The mayor is elected at the annual council meeting to be a representative of all the people of Newport, and undertakes a ceremonial role as a figurehead for the city.

The correct form of address is 'The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Newport’ and the ‘Mayoress of Newport’.

After formal introductions, they may be addressed as 'Mr. Mayor' and ‘Madam Mayoress’.

Article 5 (pdf) of the council’s Constitution offers more information on the role and function of Mayor.

Read about the mayoral Chains of Office


The Mayor’s Parlour, Newport City Council, Civic Centre, Newport
NP19 4UR
Telephone (01633) 656656