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Deputy Lord Mayor - Councillor Cllr Rod McKerlich

Councillor Rod McKerlich
Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff
Municipal Year 2018 -19

Personal Details

Rod was born in Perth, Scotland and moved to Cardiff in 1974. He is married to Sue and they have three children and seven grandchildren.


Rod moved to Radyr in 1974 to work in the paper and packaging industry. He worked until retirement as Director in charge of a group of companies in what is now a large multinational company. 

Rod is a Governor for Radyr Comprehensive School and Radyr Primary School. For several years Rod was Chair of Governors at Radyr Primary and assisted its growth from I.5 form entry to 2 form entry plus a nursery unit.


Rod is a Community Councillor for the Ward of Radyr & Morganstown. He was elected to Cardiff Council in 2008, winning the seat from Labour and has been Whip of the group since 2009. During this time Rod has been a member of a wide range of different committees and was particularly involved in Economy & Culture, Environment, and Policy Review & Performance.  

Rod has also been a member of the Fire Authority and acted as Chair of the Human Relations Committee which involved chairing numerous pension appeals, disciplinary hearings and committee meetings. 


Rod and Sue regularly attend events at the Royal Welsh College, New Theatre, St David’s Hall and The Millennium Centre. Rod has been Captain and Chairman of Cardiff Hockey Club and President of Cardiff Caledonian Society.  He is also a former Chair of Radyr Tennis Club, former Captain of Radyr Golf Club and a Vice-President of the Cricket Club. 

Rod and Sue are big supporters of local activities, in particular the Annual Radyr Festival. They are ‘Dementia Friends’ and support the Alzheimer’s Society.