The former leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Tim Warren, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, which were announced on Saturday 8th June.
Tim Warren has been made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to local government and the community in Somerset.
On learning of his honour Tim Warren said: “I feel incredibly privileged to have received this honour. I looked at the letter quite a few times before I could actually believe it.
“I am forever grateful to the team I have had around me to make this recognition possible. My wife is an anchor and I couldn’t have achieved anything like as much without her support.
“This is undoubtedly one of the high points in my life and I find it difficult to aptly describe how I feel.”
Mr Warren, 56, was elected to the council as ward member for Mendip in 2003. He became Conservative Group Leader in 2013 and Council Leader in 2015.
The news has been welcomed by former colleagues at the council.
Councillor Dine Romero, Council Leader, said: “Following on as Council Leader from Tim, I can appreciate how big a job this is and I know he worked hard for the people of Bath and North East Somerset.
“We may not have always agreed, but while in opposition I always found him fair and approachable. I congratulate him on his honour.”
Councillor Paul Myers, Conservative Group Leader, said: “This is wonderful news and an honour which Tim truly deserves. He was a great leader of the council and achieved a huge amount for local people.
“In particular he was instrumental in negotiating the WECA deal with central government and was a true champion of young people in our community with the introduction last year of an awards ceremony celebrating their outstanding achievements.”
Councillor Karen Walker, Independents spokesperson, said: “It was an honour to have been Chair of the Council while Tim was leader.
“I attended a number of functions with Tim and he always had time to listen to people and their concerns. I congratulate him on being awarded this honour.”
Councillor Robin Moss, Labour Group Leader, added: “Well deserved. Whatever political differences we may have had, you could never be in any doubt that Tim cared about people and took his responsibilities very seriously.
“He would always have an open door to discuss issues, he always listened to new ideas and you can always trust his word. I’m sure we will see him return to a public role in the future.”
Ashley Ayre, Chief Executive of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “It was a real pleasure working alongside Tim over his four years as Council Leader. To be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours is a fitting way to mark his contribution to the local authority and the wider community.”
Mr Warren will be presented with his honour later this summer.