Former TV presenter and announcer, Peter Tomlinson, has been elected as the new Chairman for Worcestershire County Council for the civic year 2019/20.
Probably best known for being the creator and presenter of Tiswas, Peter has represented Wychavon as a district councillor for the past 8 years and has been a Worcestershire County Councillor since 2016.
As well as being a presenter and announcer, Peter has spent 30 years in media and communications in the West Midlands.
After his retirement, Peter became High Sheriff of the West Midlands, within that role accompanying Prince Edward to the official opening of a new Burns Centre for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Peter had also been instrumental in fundraising for the Burns Centre, launching The Red Balloon Appeal as part of his role as Director of Communications, Marketing and Fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, in the course of which £3 million was raised.
Peter is a founding member of the Coming of Age Partnership, which educates employers on the benefits of employing people aged 50 and over. He is also President and compere of the West Midland Light Orchestra, plays drums in the Ad HocJazz Band and has been chairman of the Cancer Research UK committee in the Wyre Forest for over 30 years. In this last year they have raised £40,000. Both Peter and his wife, Ali have been on their respective cancer journeys and are now in remission.
Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, Peter Tomlinson, said: “I am incredibly honoured to become Worcestershire County Council’s new Chairman. Working with Brandon Clayton over the last year as his vice-chairman has been a privilege and I would like to thank him for being a fantastic example.
“Worcestershire is a beautiful place and my home now for over 30 years. I look forward to representing and promoting this county which, though small, punches way above its weight in so many areas. I will be highlighting sport, music and business where and when I can throughout my year.”
Peter lives in Ombersley with his wife Ali and their 2 Labradors. He is a keen cricket and rugby supporter and loves motor sport, even competing at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in his classic MGC Sebring Roadster last year and hoping to continue this year if time allows. Together with his wife Ali, a retired doctor who spent all her working life as a paediatrician in this county they have 6 grandchildren, two of whom are at school in Stourport.
Councillor Bob Brookes has also been elected as this year’s Vice-Chairman. Bob is a County Councillor for Droitwich East.