New leader at the helm of council
Councillor Toby Savage has been elected as the new leader of South Gloucestershire Council, after becoming the new leader of the Conservative group, who have an overall majority.
The previous leader Councillor Matthew Riddle had decided not to seek re-election, saying that he believed that new energy was needed in the post ahead of the 2019 local authority elections.
Mr Savage, 35, grew up in Thornbury and Olveston, and attended Marlwood School. He’s been the elected member for Longwell Green since 2015, and has held the role of Deputy leader, including the portfolio for Schools, Skills and Employment.
He will continue with the latter in addition to his new duties as Council leader.
His job is in communications, and he previously served as a volunteer police officer for the Avon and Somerset Constabulary for 5 years.
Councillor Savage said; “Having been born and brought up in South Gloucestershire, I am truly humbled to have been elected to this role and delighted to have been supported unanimously by my Group, which allows us to press onward with the same energy and unity we have always had.”
In addition to the election of the group leader, Councillor Jon Hunt (Con, Downend) and Councillor Erica Williams (Con, Bitton) were also elected to serve as Deputy Leaders.