Tom Aditya

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Tom Aditya
File:Cllr Tom Aditya with Prime Minister Theresa May.jpeg
Cllr Tom Aditya
Native name Tom Prabin Mathew
Born Kerala, India
Nationality British
Occupation Management Consultant, Community Campaigner
Parents Mr Thomas Mathew
Mrs Gulabi Mathew

Councillor Tom Aditya (born 14 April)[1] is a British community campaigner and management consultant,[2] currently serving as the Deputy Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Bristol [3] and the Vice-Chairman of the Avon and Somerset Police Panel,[4] which covers Bristol City, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, Taunton Deane, West Somerset, South Somerset, Sedgemoor and Mendips districts. He is the first person of Asian origin to be elected in South Gloucestershire County and the first South Indian elected on Conservative party ticket in the UK.[5] He is also a trustee of Bristol Multi Faith Forum,[6] which builds fruitful and constructive relationships amongst faith communities. Aditya is also a speaker in English and Malayalam; and an exponent in political science, academics, and technology.[7]

Early life and career

Tom Aditya was born in a traditional Christian family in Kerala, India,[8] to Mr Thomas Mathew and Mrs Gulabi Mathew. His political lineage may have come from his father who is very much involved in the social and community activities of his neighbourhood. His maternal grandfather, who passed away in 1954, was an Indian freedom fighter and a leader of the national movement in the erstwhile State of Travancore from 1930 to 1954.

He studied Law and Economics at university and did his masters degree in Management from California, USA. He started to pursue his banking career in 1995 and for many years served as a financial advisor. He was one of the UK's most productive financial consultants. He also served as projects director of a university engineering college in India and was much involved in public administration, community initiatives and projects.

Community work

Tom Aditya was selected to the South Gloucestershire Equalities Forum in 2009, representing the ethnic minorities. As a community campaigner, he used that opportunity resourcefully to help the marginalised in their human rights and equalities issues and to serve as a voice for the voiceless. He was president of the community association for many years.[9]

Tom Aditya served as the Treasurer and Trustee of the Southern Brooks Community Partnership – a voluntary sector organisation in South West England,[10][11][12][13] and was active in the initial formation of Bradley Stoke Community Radio in 2010 [14] He was an active campaigner for the faster fibre optic broadband campaign in Bradley Stoke and demanded before the authorities for an exclusive telephone exchange at Bradley Stoke.[15] He campaigned to establish a Crown post office in the town[16] and gained people's support to that campaign.[17] He was also part of the team that arranged the community celebrations at Bradley Stoke in 2011 to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.[18] Aditya's sincere efforts prompted the local residents to nominate him to the Council.

Tom Aditya was elected councillor in 2011 and was reelected in 2015 with comfortable margins. [19], [20], [21], [22] He holds high attendance record in council meetings and civic programmes and relentlessly raises his voice for people’s needs and concerns.[23] He backed tax freeze and supported financial prudence and efficiency.[24] He was the town council’s ambassador for international twinnings, and led twinning visits and intercultural programmes to the twin city and the local schools.[25] He also served as chairman of the planning and environment committee of the Council and undertook the upkeep of the highway verges, when SGC axed street care.[26] He was quite vigorous in starting new public transport links for the benefit of the town residents.,[27][28] He always advocated for improvements to local infrastructure[29] and for parking spaces in the neighbourhood, especially near schools and health centres.[30] He was in the forefront to organise and partake in the Big Spring clean' events and the litter picking volunteer group activities [31]

Cllr Aditya was always in the forefront to help the community members in their efforts to pursue a peaceful life and to protect their properties safely.[32] He was successful in bringing the attention of the police authorities towards issues of the community.[33] and to organise meetings to redress grievances of the victims.[34][35] He also served as Honorary Secretary of the Avon Local Council Association's South Glos Committee.[36]

Tom was involved with the initiation of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom project for the beautification of the town and was a volunteer for the Green Gym project. He was also engrossed in the campaign to save the Bristol's Filton Airfield.[37][38] He was also part of the team that organised the Bradley Stoke Carnival.[39] Aditya organised a public debate on EU referendum at Bradley Stoke with the cooperation of the local churches and was successful in drawing people from all walks of life to the debate.[40][41] He persuaded in favour to build the modern skate park at the leisure centre campus, which was situated in his ward. He wants to create more avenues and opportunities for the young people to promote their talents and always strive to recognise brilliant and community-oriented students.[42]

Human rights campaigns and social issues

Tom Aditya strongly raises his opinion on human rights and equalities issues not only in the regional and national levels, but also in the international arenas. He was on a campaign to free an innocent man from the death sentence in UAE.[43][44] and after many years of efforts was successful in relieving him. He has been in the forefront to raise social and community issues with the top officials including Prime Minister David Cameron and Theresa May;[45][46][47][48];. He also focuses on topics and programmes related to community safety, youth empowerment,[49] poverty eradication, health-care, holistic lifestyles,[50] education, scientific research, public transport,[51] humanitarian issues, organic farming, ecological conservation, non-conventional energy, information technology,[52] blood & organ donation campaign, community cohesion,[53] social values,[54] social security, social welfare, international relationships,[55] and community activities.[56]

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