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The Lord Mayor

Councillor David Phillips and Councillor Sybil Crouch.

Councillor David Phillips and Councillor Sybil CrouchDavid Phillips was born and brought up in Liverpool, but spent most summers with his maternal grandparents in Scotland. He is one of twin boys born to Ella and Frank Phillips, who worked for the Alfred Holt 'Blue Funnel Line', one of Liverpool's oldest shipping companies. He and his brother Iain, were educated at St Michaels in the Hamlet Primary School (alma mater of Arthur Askey and Tommy Handley) and both are amongst the many prominent people to have attended Quarry Bank High School (including footballers/managers, comedians, actors, national politicians and someone called John Lennon, who went on to form a fairly well-known rock band). His brother is a retired local authority Chief Executive. David and his wife Sybil have been together since 1980. David has a son, Andrew, from his first marriage. 

David has lived and worked in South Wales for almost 50 years. In a varied professional career he has been, amongst other things, a ladies underwear buyer for a retail chain, Sales Manager for a capital catering equipment supplier, a Customs & Excise (Waterguard) Officer, VAT Inspector, Tax Manager with Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC), CEO of a national charity running over 200 community cinemas across the UK, Executive vice-President of its international sister organisation and editor of a film magazine. He has also produced several short films and made a brief (and, in his view, best forgotten) appearance as a film actor. 

David's parents were very socially committed and engaged in many organisations assisting others. That and his long service in the Scout Association helped form his own public service outlook. Politically to the left of his parents, who were old-style Liberal Party members, he joined the Labour Party and has been involved in elections for over 50 years. 

Next year David will have been a councillor for 30 years. He was first elected in 1978 in Pembrokeshire and has served continuously as a Swansea councillor since being elected to West Glamorgan County Council in 1993, representing his home ward of Castle since 1996. Apart from a few early years, his service has been at Chair or Cabinet level in various portfolios; he was Leader of the Swansea Labour Party from 2004-2014, Leader of the Opposition from 2004-2012 and Leader of Swansea Council from 2012-14. He was 'Wales' Local Politician of the Year 2013-14'. 

Privately, politically and professionally David has always been involved in many national and local voluntary and community organisations. Previously he was a director of a local Housing Association, Governor of Ysgol Crug Glas school, a member of the regional board of the Arts Council of Wales, Chair of Volcano Theatre, a director of Swansea City Opera, Chair of the National Advice Network for Wales, Governor of National Museums of Wales, Council member of both the Museums in Wales and the prestigious Museums Association and a founder Trustee of World Heritage UK. He is currently Treasurer of the Eastside Foodbank.

David is currently studying for a BA in Fine Art at Swansea College of Art. 

Sybil, like David, is also from Liverpool, although they met in Lampeter University where she was learning Welsh (in which she is fluent) and David was doing drama. Originally an art teacher, Sybil became Deputy Director of West Wales Regional Arts Association and is now Head of Cultural Services for Swansea University, managing the prestigious Taliesin Arts Centre and the award-winning Egypt Centre Museum - a facility that she was instrumental in getting built. Sybil is a past Chairman of the Arts Council of Wales and the vice-Chair of the Wales Film Council.

Sybil has been a member of the Labour Party longer than David and despairing of ever seeing him at home decided to become a councillor herself, which she did in 2012, succeeding Cllr Barbara Hynes, serving alongside David and his colleagues in Castle ward. She was re-elected top of the poll in 2017. Sybil was a Cabinet member for Sustainability 2012-14 and is a governor of Terrace Road Primary School. 

Lord Mayor's Charity Fund

David and Sybil have chosen to support Maggies Cancer Centre Swansea, West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Swansea, Eastside Foodbank and YMCA Young Carers Service.

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