The Conservatives today announced the party’s candidate for the new West of England combined authority Mayor.
Tim Bowles will go before the public vote on May 4 to become the new Mayor for the region, working with three West of England councils (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire) to invest £1bn into the region’s transport, housing, skills training and business support, along with other devolved powers.
He said: “The devolution deal is an opportunity to harness real power and create growth in the West of England. I want to bring together my experiences in politics and business to serve the region so that we build an economy that works for everyone.”
Tim is an experienced councillor and businessman and his initial priorities include: producing a clear strategy to boost economic growth and prosperity for locals, developing long term solutions for the region’s transport and housing needs, attracting new businesses and supporting existing ones to provide opportunities throughout the region and improving higher education.
“If elected, I will work with our MPs, Government, local political and business leaders to negotiate new opportunities and deliver positive change for our region” added Tim.
Tim was elected as South Gloucestershire Councillor for the Winterbourne ward in 2010 and 2015. He is currently serving on Council committees with responsibility for allocating resources, forming policies and budgeting and is a member of the senior leadership team of the controlling Conservative group.
He has also enjoyed a successful career in sales and marketing, most recently as New Business Manager for a global events company. Tim also served as a Governor at the largest school in South Gloucestershire from 2003 to 2015 and is passionate about education. He also acts as a dementia champion, supporting charities in this field.