Cllr Phil Bale
Cllr Phil Bale
Phil Bale is Leader of the City of Cardiff Council. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the United Kingdom.
As City Council Leader, he leads a cabinet of nine city councillors and has lead responsibility for areas of policy including; economic development, tourism, promoting the Welsh Language and external affairs. He also has responsibility for major regeneration projects in the city, such as the redevelopment of Central Square which will include a new headquarters for BBC Wales and the construction of a world class integrated transport hub. He also sits on the board of Millennium Stadium plc.
In 2014, Phil led Cardiff into the Core Cities Group – a network of ten of the largest UK cities outside London – which argues for greater decentralisation of powers and financial freedom for urban areas to drive regional growth and jobs. He has also been a strong advocate of a ‘City Deal’ for Cardiff, similar to those already agreed between the UK Treasury and cities in England and Scotland, and for the development of a city-regional approach in South East Wales.
Cardiff was recently placed as the UK’s most liveable city in the European Commission’s Urban Audit. Phil’s vision is for Cardiff to become Europe’s most liveable capital city.
Phil’s passions include travel, both within Wales and beyond, as well as sustainable development issues. He has also been a strong champion for his local community and previously climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to fundraise for a local community campaign group.