The Current Mayor

The Mayor of Barry is elected annually at its Annual Meeting usually held in May each year.  Councillor Helen Payne is the Mayor of Barry for the 2022/23 municipal year and was elected as such on, Monday, 16 May 2022.

Councillor Payne is the newly elected Mayor, who stated in her acceptance speech how delighted and honoured she was to be elected as the Mayor of Barry as it is the town she was born in and where her family came to work in the beginning of its industrial history.

The Mayor noted in her speech that the Town Council would be looking to work towards becoming a “Town of Sanctuary” to further welcome people from across the globe who are fleeing war and persecution and that this was a very important cause for her to support.

The Mayor highlighted the great strides the Town Council had made in terms of community engagement, mentioning the Festival of Light and the re-emergence of Barry Youth Council.

The Mayor announced that her three chosen charities would be Llamau, Young Minds and Vale People First.

Councillor Payne is looking at more sustainable ways of fashion during her term of office and has pledged not to buy any new clothes.

If you would like to become involved in the Mayor’s activities, raise money for their chosen Charities, or if you have a business that you would like visited/opened, please contact the Engagement and Events Team;

If you would like the Mayor to consider a charity then please write to Barry Town Council, Town Hall, King Square, Holton Road, Barry, CF63 4RW or email us at




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