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The Lord Mayor

Councillor Mark Child and Mrs Marian Child.

Mark was born in 1959 in Rickmansworth, Herts, and his parents moved to Swansea in 1963 when his father came to work as an engineer for Swansea Council, and they stayed here. He is the eldest of three children.

He attended Mayals Primary School, the Oystermouth Junior Comprehensive and Bishop Gore Senior Comprehensive. Mark worked in a variety of jobs after school before starting with Welsh Water on the Kingsway in 1983. He trained in IT and worked for Welsh Water until 2001, during which time he also was a union rep, finishing as Unison Branch Secretary. After Welsh Water he worked IT with a number of employers in South Wales until 2013 when he decided to focus on his role in the Council Cabinet. He met Marian in 1984 while working with Welsh Water, and they became a couple in 1985.

He was elected for Labour to serve the West Cross Ward of City and County of Swansea Council in 1999, winning the seat from the Liberal Democrats. Before that he had served 4 years on Mumbles Community Council between 1995 and 1999. 

He is an active member of the Labour Party, having held various positions at branch, and constituency level, been delegate to Welsh and UK Conference, and Election Agent for Tonia Antoniazzi, the current MP.

Mark was asked to chair the Child and Family Scrutiny Committee following the intervention of Welsh Government into that service in 2009, and played a significant role in supporting improvements, to such an extent that his committee was awarded a UK National Scrutiny honour for their work. Mark has also served on various other scrutiny boards including being vice chair of the Performance Board. After the 2012 election Mark was appointed to Cabinet where he has served in various roles since, always around the Wellbeing, Prevention and Social Care agenda. He has introduced Local Area Co-ordination to Swansea and lead Swansea's membership of the European Healthy Cities Network.

Mark has also served on the board of the Homeless Charity Caer Las for 10 years and is currently a board member of the Wales National Pool. He is a member of the Welsh Governments Social Care Advisory Board, and since 2018 he has also been an Independent Member on Swansea Bay University Health Board. He also is Chair of Governors at Grange Primary School and vice-chair at Bishop Gore Comprehensive School. He has been on both their governing boards for nearly 20 years.

Alongside this Mark is a member of the Campaign for Electoral Reform and the European Movement.

Outside of the council Mark is a keen sailor and a member of Mumbles Yacht Club, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Ospreys, and enjoys watching rugby at all levels. He is a member of CAMRA, regularly goes to gigs, is a member of the Wales National Pool where he swims regularly, and enjoys walking on the Wales Coastal Path.

Marian was born in Scurlage in 1961, She attended Gowerton Comprehensive and worked for Welsh Water in the Revenue Department for 13 years rising to Deputy Head Cashier before leaving during the time their 3 children, Rebecca, Chloe and Steffan were of pre-school age. For the past 18 years she has worked as an Usher in the Crown Courts in Swansea.

 

Lord Mayor's Charity Fund

Mark and Marian have chosen to support Caer Las - a homelessness charity addressing homelessness and its causes; and Musical Memories - a dementia charity helping people live with dementia through music and song, as their charities for 2020/2021.

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