Mayor of Barnsley

The Mayor is a ceremonial post held by a member of the council and elected annually. The Mayor is the town's first citizen and has the civic responsibility of representing and promoting the borough.

The first mayor of Barnsley was Henry Richardson who was appointed in 1869 and the first female mayor, elected by a Labour-controlled council, was Mary Brannon in 1956.

Barnsley has now had 151 mayors.

Role of the Mayor

The Mayor supports a wide variety of events throughout Barnsley, as well as representing the borough at national and international events, functions and engagements, including:

  • acting as a host at functions organised by Barnsley Council;
  • attending functions and engagements within Barnsley and occasionally outside the town, as a ceremonial representative of the council;
  • undertaking official openings or presentations on behalf of the council;
  • representing the council during royal, celebrity or other VIP visits to the town.

Mayor's biography

Born and raised in Barnsley Town Centre, Cllr Caroline Makinson has lived in Royston for 14 years and prior to that Shafton for 16 years. She has 2 daughters and a step son and daughter.

After working for various well- known Barnsley companies in the private sector, Caroline had a change of career and joined the voluntary sector, working for Voluntary Action Barnsley for 13 years in Community Development and Neighbourhood Management roles. She developed and delivered training programmes working closely with BMBC officers, Councillors, local organisations and volunteers. The programme was subsequently bought by other Local Authorities.

As a result of this work, Caroline became interested in Politics and joined the Labour Party and was elected to represent the Royston Ward in October 2013. Her background in community development has been a huge benefit to her as a local councillor.

Cllr Makinson’s husband Barry, is her consort during her term of office. Born and raised in Shafton, Barry left school at 16 and went to work at Ferrymoor Ridings Colliery, South Kirkby. He left the mining industry in 1989 due to pit closures and became self- employed, setting up his own window cleaning business, which he is still operating. Barry enjoys most sports, family holidays, gardening and woodworking.

Inviting the Mayor to an event

The Mayor is always happy to help promote events and causes that raise the profile of Barnsley and its people, both in the borough and beyond.

The Mayor's diary is busy and fills up quickly, so please give as much advance notice as possible if you'd like to invite them to your event - at least 10 days.

To invite the Mayor please complete our online form. We'll let you know if your invitation can be accepted.

Please note, due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) there are some changes to mayoral events. 

You can follow the Mayor on Twitter @Mayor_Barnsley

Upcoming events and civic engagements

Event Date Update
Grimethorpe Colliery Band charity fundraising concert at Emmanuel Church Monday 6 April 2020 Delayed until further notice 
Annual Council and Mayor Making Friday 22 May 2020 Delayed until 23 October 2020
Civic Service at St Mary’s Church Thursday 18 June 2020 Cancelled 
Raising of the flag for Armed Forces Day Monday 22 June 2020 Virtual service
Armed Forces Day commemoration Saturday 27 June 2020 Virtual service

Mayor’s Parade

Saturday 11 July 2020 Virtual service
Mayor’s Charity Ball Friday 17 July 2020 Cancelled until July 2021
Remembrance Sunday Sunday 8 November To be confirmed
Armistice Day and remembrance event for local school children and college students Wednesday 11 November To be confirmed
Civic Carol Service at St Mary’s Church Thursday 17 December To be confirmed

The Deputy Mayor

Cllr Pauline Markham was elected in May 2010 and represents Darfield ward.

After raising her family, Pauline worked at Morrisons at Cortonwood. She became the union representative for USDAW and under her leadership membership grew. The union recognised her potential and Pauline was seconded to work full time for the union. She is still a full member of USDAW and is branch secretary for South Yorkshire Morrisons.

The Mayor's charities

Beacon South Yorkshire Carer Support

Beacon South Yorkshire Carer Support

Beacon South Yorkshire Carer Support provides a service for friends, carers and family members who’s loved ones have a substance misuse problem.

They are a caring group of people who are living/have lived with addiction in the family unit. Beacon South Yorkshire Carer Support is a voluntary organisation and with the help of their supporters and dedicated volunteers they have developed a programme which includes: social events, coffee mornings, support and beauty therapies, telephone support helpline, one to one support sessions and group support sessions.

Beacon South Yorkshire Carer Support also has two unique programmes to help you on your journey:

Stepping Stones Programme

The Stepping Stones programme is structured into 7 steps and you will be assigned someone to support you throughout the programme. Begin your journey at Step 1 (Awareness) and once you reach Step 7 they will begin supporting you with aftercare.​

Next Phase Programme

The Next Phase Programme follows on from Stepping Stones after evaluation and feedback. The programme includes sessions on communication, drug and alcohol awareness, preparation for working life (CV writing and application forms) and finally they will support you to find volunteering opportunities.

Contact Beacon South Yorkshire Carer Support if you would like to get involved or make a donation.

TADS (Therapies for Anxiety, Depression and Stress)

TADS - Therapies for Anxiety, Depression and Stress

TADS was born in January 2014 when a group of women in Barnsley, that had experienced mental health issues themselves, came together to offer some support to others.

TADS works with young people in Barnsley aged 11 to 25 years, helping them with their emotional wellbeing and specifically support young people struggling with anxiety, worry, loneliness, sadness, bullying, gender and sexuality.

TADS offers workshops to increase knowledge of mental health and coping techniques as well as one to one coaching sessions to people who struggle in group sessions.

Find out more information about TADS and how you can show your support.

Make a donation to TADS.

The mayoral theme

The mayoral theme this year is children and young people.

The Mayor feels like that now more than ever we need to support this generation as they have been really affected by Coronavirus pandemic and could be for years to come. The Mayor is really looking forward to offering support and to shine a light, celebrate and build on all the positives that they are achieving.