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. 

The Deputy Mayor attends functions on behalf of the Mayor.  It is therefore very important that when the Deputy Mayor is attending functions, he is given the same respect and precedence as the Mayor of Newport. 

Inviting the Mayor to an Event

The mayor has a civic duty to represent and promote the city of Newport. Part of that role involves attending events which support and celebrate local people and raise the profile of the city both locally and further afield.

To invite the Mayor to an event, please complete the invitation form and return it to as early as possible (minimum of three weeks in advance). 

Please note that the Mayor has a busy schedule and it is not always possible to attend events at short notice.

Protocol and advice

The Mayor is Newport's first citizen and with this position holds a high profie role in maintaining and promoting the interests of the city and its people. 

The Local Government Act 1972 states that as Chairman of the City Council, the Mayor shall have precedence in the District over all but members of The Royal Family or the Lord Lieutenant, representing the Royal Family.

When inviting the Mayor to an event it is essential that the organiser of the event (or nominated person) accompanies the Mayor for the entire duration of the event.  The correct title for introducing the Mayor and Mayoress is, 'The Right Worshipful, the Mayor of Newport' and the 'Mayoress of Newport'. 

After initial introductions it is correct to address them as Mr Mayor and Madam Mayoress.

In any formal seating arrangements (dinners etc.) the Mayor should be seated on the immediate right of the host/chairperson.The only exception to this would be if the Lord Lieutenant were present in his official capacity as the Queen's representative, or a member of the Royal Family in whcih case they would be given precedence over the Mayor.

Please note that during his Term of Office the Mayor is non-political and is unable to attend or become involved in any contentious issues.  

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 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.

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

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


TRA95685 04/01/2019