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Long-serving councillor becomes Lord Mayor

Two of Swansea's longest-serving councillors have become Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor.

Mark Child

Cllr Mark Child has become Lord Mayor for 2020/21 and his deputy will be Cllr Mary Jones. Cllr Child succeeds Cllr Peter Black as Lord Mayor.

In a break with tradition due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the new Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor signed the declaration in the Lord Mayor's Parlour at the historic Guildhall. The moment was witnessed by the Chief Executive, Phil Roberts and their consorts.

Usually there is Cermonial Council held in the Council Chamber at the Guildhall at the and this will now take place at a later date.

As Lord Mayor Cllr Child will have an important civic and ceremonial role as the city's official ambassador. He will also be involved in raising money for local good causes.

Cllr Child's wife, Marian, will be Lady Mayoress for the year.

Cllr Child said: "It was an unusual but necessary step to sign the declaration in the Lord Mayor's Parlour rather than stage an inauguration. I hope that it will be possible to have a formal event later on when the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions are eased.

"We all observed the necessary two-metre rule for the signing and my message is that we need to continue to stay safe, protect the NHS and save lives."

"These are truly unprecedented times and I've seen how brilliantly-well so many council staff, local volunteers and groups have stepped-up to help out. I have always been proud to call Swansea my home and that's especially the case now.

"As Lord Mayor I will be doing all I can to support this effort and all our city communities through the pandemic."

Cllr Child, who is currently Cabinet Member for Care, Health and Ageing Well, will be giving up that role to concentrate on his mayoral duties. He'll be replaced by Cllr Clive Lloyd, who took up Cabinet Member responsibilities for Adult Services from May 15

Cllr Child said: "I am very grateful to my councillor colleagues for their support in nominating me as Lord Mayor. It is an incredible honour to have the opportunity to serve the people of Swansea as Lord Mayor

He added: "I've lived and worked in South Wales and Swansea nearly all my life and I've just celebrated my 20th year as a councillor at Swansea Council.

"My wife and I are really looking forward to getting out and about among the people of this great city as well as representing Swansea to visitors and as an ambassador at a very exciting time in its regeneration story."

Cllr Child's parents moved to Swansea in 1963, where he attended Mayals Primary School and Bishop Gore Comprehensive school.

Cllr Child has been active in trade union affairs, was first elected to Mumbles Community Council in 1995 and to the West Cross ward on Swansea Council in 1999, a ward he still serves today.

After a career in IT working for Welsh Water, LogicaCMG and CGI, Cllr retired early to focus on his council work.

He was chair of the Child and Family Services Committee when it won a UK award for its work supporting the improvement of standards in looked after children services.

As a Cabinet Member he's served in a variety of posts focussing on social care, children's services, health and poverty issues. Cllr Child is also a member of the Swansea Bay University Health Board and advises the Welsh Government on social care through the National Social Care Partnership Board.

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