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Deputy Lord Mayor

Councillor Mark Child and Mrs Marian Child.

Mark was born in 1959 in Rickmansworth. His family moved to Swansea in 1963 and have lived here since. He is the eldest of 3 children. 

He attended Mayals Primary School and Bishop Gore Comprehensive. He worked for Welsh Water in Swansea, then Cardiff then in the IT section in Bridgend. He was initially a NALGO rep, then a UNISON rep before becoming UNISON branch Secretary. He continued working in IT first with LogicaCMG and then with CGI before retiring early to focus on council work.

Mark met Marian whilst working for Welsh Water. They are married and have 3 children. Marian was born in Scurlage and attended Ty Cila and Gowerton schools. She works in the Crown Court in Swansea as an Usher.

Mark was elected on to Mumbles Community Council in 1995, before being elected to represent West Cross ward for Labour on Swansea Council in 1999, aged 39. 

Mark was chosen to lead the Child and Family Scrutiny Committee set up in specific response to the council being put in special measures for this provision. The work of this committee was singled out for praise in assisting to improve the standards for Looked After Children in Swansea by the Intervention Board appointed by Welsh Government. This committee also won a UK award for its work.

Since 2013 Mark has been a Cabinet Member on Swansea Council, holding a number of Cabinet posts focussing on Child and Adult Social Services, Prevention, Care, and Healthy City. He is currently Cabinet Member for Care Health and Wellbeing. Since 2017 he has been a member of Swansea Bay University Health Board. Mark is also a member of the National Social Care Partnership Board advising Welsh Government.

Previously Mark spend 10 years on the board of Caer Las (Homelessness) Charity, and is currently on the Board of the Wales National Pool.

Mark has played a lead role in Swansea's membership of the WHO European Healthy City network, with initiatives such as Best Start in Life, Smoke Free Beaches, and Healthy Nightlife, for which Swansea has regularly won the "Purple Flag" status acknowledging work in this area.

He is a member of Mumbles Yacht Club and enjoys sailing and says "Swansea Bay is our biggest park". He is also keen on swimming, cycling and walking, is a big Osprey supporter, and a member of CAMRA.

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