Labour party welcomes Abergavenny’s new Mayor
His wife, Councillor Penny Simcock, has become Mayoress, Councillor Margaret Harris is now Deputy Mayor and Councillor Stephen Head is the Deputy Mayor’s consort.
Councillor Simcock is the first Labour Mayor in a Labour-led Town Council. He represents Cantref ward, having first won the previously Tory held seat in a by-election in 2015.
He said: “It’s a great privilege to be Mayor and I’m looking forward to my year in office. We now have a ten-strong ruling Labour group who are determined to engage our community much more with the decisions we are making on their behalf. It’s good to live in a place where people care so much about the future of the town. The Town Council’s decisions should take their ideas into account.”
The new Mayor has a background in the theatre and in social work, having worked for many years on the Abergavenny adoption and fostering team. He has lived in Abergavenny for 20 years, and apart from work, has been active in the Crickhowell Choral Society and the Gwent Mountaineering Club. He has taken part in theatre productions at the Melville Centre, Abergavenny and the Courtyard Arts Centre, Hereford.
The Mayoress, Councillor Penny Simcock, was Training Manager for Newport Social Services with responsibilities for managing staff development, research and budgeting. Later she became more active in local politics and is now Chair of the Board of the Melville Centre for the Arts.
She commented: “Our Council faces huge challenges to maintain key services because county resources are becoming more limited. On the upside, we have a rich source of skills in our excellent Labour group. Between them our councillors have experience in education, social services, accounting, planning and the law. We look forward to the challenge of maintaining local services in the light of expected austerity measures”.