Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf - Cllr Barry Stephens
Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Councillor Barry Stephens JP is a father of two, and grandfather of three who lives in Brynnau with his wife of 46 years, Barbara, who will join him as Mayoress for his year in office.
Cllr Stephens is a self-made businessman who began his career as an apprentice toolmaker over fifty years ago. After a number of years in the trade Cllr Stephens decided he wanted to pass on his skills to future generations, which led him to become a qualified teacher.
Once Cllr Stephens had gained the necessary qualifications he went on to teach for over thirty years, ten of which were spent working with and supporting looked-after children throughout our county. During this time he developed a passion for working with young people and helping them to reach their full potential.
It is Cllr Stephens’ passion for helping young people that led him to stand as a councillor, so that he could champion their voice within Rhondda Cynon Taf. Cllr Stephens boasts over thirty years’ experience of working with young people.
He hails from Lancashire, but was blown away by the charm and culture of the beautiful Welsh Valleys during a business trip to Treforest over 40 years ago. From this moment, Cllr Stephens relocated to Tonteg, Pontypridd with his then young baby son and wife, to be later blessed a few years later with a baby girl.
Cllr Stephens is a very active member of the community and is extremely passionate about helping ALL residents in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
He plans to use his year in office to recognise, commend and highlight the great number of people within the County Borough who selflessly give up their time to volunteer to help others and act as the backbone to our towns, streets and villages.
Councillor Stephens is also a Senior Magistrate and chairman of the Magistrates’ Association South Wales. He also sits on the Independent Monitoring Board for the Ministry of Justice for Parc Prison, is elected Director of RCT Homes, Chair of Governors of Dolau Primary School, Chairman of the Coychurch Crematorium Joint Committee and a member of Llantrisant Rotary Club.
Cllr Stephens’ chosen Mayoral Charities are –
- Ty Hafan – Children’s hospice
- Marie Curie
- Pontyclun Bosom Pals
- 2 wish upon a star
- Age Connect
- Welsh Hearts
- Eye to Eye Counselling
All of this year’s chosen charities are very close to Cllr Stephens’ heart and he plans to raise as much as he possibly can to help them and would ask all residents to join him.
The role of Mayor is a far-reaching one, of which raising charity funds is just a part.
As the First Citizen of the County Borough, Mayor, Councillor Barry Stephens will support a number of civic events, including the Council’s important support for Armed Forces Day, Remembrance Day and more.
How do I contact the Mayor?
If you wish to invite the Mayor to attend a function or require further information on the role of the Mayor, contact the Mayoral Office.
The Mayor's Office
Telephone: 01443 494061
Fax: 01443 424198