The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Newport
Councillor Tom Suller is Newport's 388th Mayor.
Tom was born Alexander Thomas Suller in February 1945. He was brought up in Cardiff and attended Roath Park School.
Tom had various jobs when he left school. He started his working life as a fireman for British Rail between 1962 and 1969. He then went to work for GKN (Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds) followed by ASW at Tremorfa Steel Works where he retired in 2002.
He married for the first time in 1967 and has two children, Marc and Sian and two grandchildren, Jessica and Emily.
In 1991 Tom met Patricia whilst working at Tremorfa steelworks. They were married in Florida later that year.
Tom was elected to the council in 2008 and serves as a ward councillor for Marshfield.
Football is Tom’s passion and is a proud supporter of Cardiff City FC.
Mayor’s Charity 2020/21
The Mayor has chosen to support Alzheimer’s Society Cymru for his year in office.
The charity offers a wide range of support services to ensure that people don’t have to face dementia alone. They also campaign for change, fund research to find a cure and support people living with dementia today.
Deputy Mayor 2020/21
The deputy mayor for 2020/21 is Councillor Val Dudley.
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 the role involves attending events which support and celebrate local people and raise the profile of the city.
To invite the mayor to an event, please complete the invitation form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 has a high profile 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 whole time.
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 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 which case they would be given precedence over the mayor.
During the 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 chair full council meetings, ensuring that the proceedings are conducted properly and that all shades of opinion are heard.
The Mayor of Newport is elected by order of seniority and holds office for a year, the seniority list (pdf) shows how long members have served.
The mayor is elected at the annual council meeting.
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
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 Newport Past website lists the names and dates of former mayors of Newport.
The Mayor’s Parlour, Newport City Council, Civic Centre, Newport
Telephone: (01633) 656656