Meet the Mayor

The Mayor & Mayoress of Weston-super-Mare Councillor James Clayton & Ms Kaylee Rose. Councillor Roger Bailey acts as deputy.

The Mayor’s office is in Grove House, which is situated in the historic Grove Park. The 17th Century building houses portraits of previous Town Mayors. The Mayor’s Parlour is a working office with insignia to be used during civic events.

The office of  Mayor is steeped in tradition and ceremony. The insignia of the mace, robes, and chains of office, connects the present day with history and acts as a symbol of continuity. The modern visionary Mayor has a central role in representing the Council and the people, as the Town’s First Citizen.  The Mayor can come from any class, gender or ethnic background. This diversity reflects the more open and democratic society we now live in.

A video showing Mayor Cllr James Clayton talking about his life and passions:

The role is strictly non-political and representative of every section of the community. It is particularly focused on cultivating the positive image of the Town and enhancing the well-being of its citizens.

The many engagements are undertaken by the Mayor act as a link between the various groups and organisations in the town. The Mayor takes the Council’s message out into the community and works towards achieving the 5 pillars of the Town Council Strategy 2020-2030. Equally, the Mayor can share the views and concerns of the community with the Council. In line with the Town Motto, Weston-super-Mare Mayoralty is ‘Ever Forward’. 

You can view the Mayor’s diary online and if you would like the Town Mayor and Mayoress to support, open or attend your event, please phone or email the Town Mayor’s Civic Officer chris.millard@wsm-tc.gov.uk.

Mayor & Mayoress Cllr James Clayton & Ms Kaylee Rose

Councillor James Clayton Weston-super-Mare Town Mayor 2021 - 2022 and Miss Kaylee Rose

I have lived in Weston-super-Mare for twenty years and have five children who were born in Weston, and go to college and schools locally. I have been a councillor now for 8 years alongside working full time.

Outside of work-life, I have a passion for boxing and I am currently the chairman and level one England boxing coach of Weston Amateur Boxing Club. I volunteer two nights a week to coach young boxers to give them focus and stability.

We have a great town with great people doing so many wonderful things it is an honour to represent the Town in the capacity that I do.

Please follow the Mayor’s Facebook page to find out more www.facebook.com/mayorofwestonsupermare.

Deputy Mayor Councillor and Mrs Roger Bailey

Councillor and Mrs Roger Bailey Weston-super-Mare Deputy Mayor 2021 - 2022

I came to live in Weston in the 1950’s when my father became the Weston fire chief. We lived in Uphill and thought there was no better place in the world.

After a few years my family moved away. However, in 2004 when the opportunity arose it was great to be able to come back to Weston. My plans were to reduce my workload, but since coming back I am at least as busy as ever.
I started my software business in 1986 which is still in being after 35 years, which is something that I think is a real achievement.

Since 2011 I have proudly represented Uphill ward for the Town Council. Until recently I served as Governor for Westhaven school at a crucial time in the school’s evolution, and I am so glad I was able to make a difference in helping in its mission for children on the autistic spectrum. My charity work extends to Weston’s Citizens Advice as trustee, where I have helped in the process of buying and equipping a new Weston office for their staff & volunteers.

My wife -Tessa – is involved with the U3A, we have two grown-up daughters and 4 grandchildren. This year my role as Deputy Mayor will be to support Mayor Cllr James Clayton in any way I can.

The Mayor’s Charity 2021/22: Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) 

“Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) is a national charity founded in 2004. With over 150 projects, and many more at the enquiry and planning stage, the charity’s main aim is to bring about community transformation by creating strategic partnerships which open opportunities for crime and disorder reduction and improved community cohesion.

ROC brings together community groups, churches, the police, the fire service, local authorities and voluntary agencies to encourage them to work together in positive partnerships for practical ‘on the ground’ change. As a result, statutory agencies have improved access to the support of community/church groups, and thousands of volunteers are enabled to better serve the needs of their community.

ROC Weston-super-Mare run by Dave and Penny Hynds, have identified some key areas for community transformation in Weston and Worle. Their main objectives are defined into three areas:

1. Crime Reduction, this means working closely with the Police PSCO’s and Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), initiating projects for Youth, Family and young people mentoring schemes, Intervention, and prevention projects etc.

2. Reducing loneliness and isolation, encouraging projects around emotional vulnerability, neighbourly activity and engagement, be-friending schemes, social activity, mental health help and access to support.

3. Reduction of food poverty and financial vulnerability, projects that address issues around; financial and family pressures, mentoring, food clubs, community grocery, financial and budgeting, education and advice, etc.”

Building kinder and safer communities in Weston-super-Mare.