Mayor of Caerphilly – Councillor Julian Simmonds
Councillor Julian Simmonds was appointed to the Office of Mayor on 9 May 2019 and replaces outgoing civic head Cllr Michael Adams.
On accepting his position Cllr Simmonds said, “I consider it a real honour and privilege to be serving the county borough’s Mayor for the forthcoming year. I will be joined by my wife of almost 25 years, Karen in representing Caerphilly county borough. We look forward to meeting as many residents as possible in the many civic engagements that the year ahead will bring”.
Following school, Julian attended Birmingham University where he gained a BSc in Motor Vehicle Technology. He started his working career in the motor retailing sector, before progressing to the role of Assistant Head of Marketing for a well-known prestigious brand of Italian sports car. He was also responsible for a successful re-brand of a UK based luxury motor manufacturer in the early 2000s.
Julian returned to Wales in 1993, where he stood as a Labour candidate in a 2015 by-election in the Crosskeys ward. He was elected into this role and has continued to represent the residents of the Crosskeys ward ever since. Julian also held the position of Deputy Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council last year.
He and Karen have two sons; Andrew (20) and Alex (18). His interests include music, drama, photography and collecting model cars. He also has an extensive prestige brand car brochure collection.
Julian has chosen to raise funds for two charities during his year in office; Action for Children and Liver4Life. He is hoping to raise as much money as possible for these two very worthy causes. Action for Children supports vulnerable children, young people and families in Wales through nearly 80 projects and services. The charity’s aim is to give the children, young people and families it supports the chance to fulfil their potential and make the most of their lives. Last year they helped over 17,000 children and young people across Wales. Liver4Life (L4L) is dedicated to supporting people affected by a liver condition in the UK. It offers support and education, as well as undertaking campaigns on behalf of people with a liver condition, to improve their care, their treatment and their support services.
The Deputy Mayor has been announced as Cllr Carol Andrews, who represents the Bargoed ward.
The Mayor welcomes invitations to attend events held by local organisations. Please contact the Mayor's Office for further information. It may not be possible for the Mayor to attend every event but if the Mayor is available, you will be contacted in good time.
Previous Mayors of Caerphilly
- 2018 - Michael Adams
- 2017 - John Bevan
- 2016 - Dianne Price
- 2015 - Leon Gardiner
- 2014 - David Carter
- 2013 - Michael Gray
- 2012 - Gaynor Oliver
- 2011 - Vera Jenkins
- 2010 - James Fussell
- 2009 - John Evans
- 2008 - Anne Collins
- 2007 - Allen Williams
- 2006 - Elizabeth Aldworth