Just months after being elected mayor of Bristol-Bradley Stoke, Councilor Tom Aditya, from Ranni, Kerala, has been appointed chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Community Engagement Forum (CEF).
He won the election in a direct contest against another candidate from Boyd Valley.
As Chair of the CEF Network, Aditya will also sit as a member of the South Glos Council’s Safer and Stronger Communities strategic partnership.
CEF has been developed by South Gloucestershire Council in partnership with other statutory partner agencies to be a platform that listens to and responds to the real issues of local people.
It aims to build strong and cohesive communities in which everyone has a real sense of community engagement.
South Gloucestershire, which covers an area of 496.94 km2 and a population of over 300,000 (according to the latest estimates), is a technical and technological hub of the United Kingdom.
Aditya over the past 12 years as a councilor representing Bradley Stoke, served as mayor, deputy mayor, spokesperson and chaired various committees, such as the planning and environment committee, the finance committee and the staff committee.
He has also served as council representative for the Avon Local Councils Association, International Twinning Committee, Library Committee, Anti-Hate-Crime Committee and Almondsbury Air Force Base Forum.
Aditya also leads various community litter pick-up campaigns in the neighborhood and is also chairman of the Conservative Party.
He is the first person of South Indian descent outside the London metropolitan area to be elected as a councilor in the UK, the first South Indian elected on the Conservative Party ticket and the first person of Indian and Asian descent to be elected to civic office. in South Gloucestershire.
Aditya is recognized as a social justice advocate, policy maker, management consultant and speaker.
He holds a master’s degree in management and began his banking career as a financial advisor in 1995.
He moved to the UK and settled in Bradley Stoke, Bristol in 2002.
Aditya, son of Thomas Mathew and Gulabi Mathew, lives with his wife Liny and children Abishek, Aleena, Albert, Adona and Alphons.