Councillor Ian Perry


I was born in Birmingham in 1959 and although I moved to Newport in 1966 (just before the world cup), I am still a Birmingham City season ticket holder. I attended Newport Juniors and then Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar school, where I excelled at Maths and struggled with most other subjects.

I left school in 1975 and worked for Staffordshire County Council where I trained to be an accountant, however I left in 1979 before fully qualifying to pursue my dream of being a full-time stamp dealer. I am still doing this and have offices in Newport, where I have been joined by my wife Chris (who I married in 1984), my son Bob (who arrived in 1987) and Barnzey (who has worked for us since 2008).

I joined Newport Town Council as an independent in 2011 and I am proud to have been elected Mayor for municipal year 2022-23. I play in the pool leagues for the Kings Head, have the best collection of Newport postcards there is, do my family tree in a big way and occasionally find the time to go fishing and play golf (badly!). 

Mayor’s engagements:

Nov 2022:

9th November – Meeting with Head of Burton Borough High School

7th November – Meeting with Head of Newport Girls High School

Oct 2022:

12th October – Newport Girls High School

Sept 2022:

25th September – Civic Ceremony

11th September – Proclamation of New King at Telford & Wrekin Council (Cllr Fowler)

11th September – Proclamation of New King at Newport & Wrekin Council (Cllr Fowler)

8th September – Annual Reception at Royal Air Force Museum

August 2022:

19th August – Opening of the New Inn Beer Garden

July 2022:

9th July – Large Trade stands judging – Newport Show

8th July – Opening of the X-ray unit at Newport Cottage Care Centre

1st July – Outdoor classroom opening – Newport Infant School

June 2022:

16th June – Whole School Outdoor Learning Day at SS Peter & Pauls School

8th June – Lord Lieutenant Garden Party at Orleton Hall

5th June – Jubilee Church Service

5th June – Big Lunch at the High Street

2nd June – Lightening of the Beacon Ceremony

2nd June – Opening of the Jubilee Rose Garden at Victoria Park

May 2022:

26th May 2022 – 1st Newport Beaver Scouts Jubilee Party

20th May 2022 – opening of Ascendancy Offices