Phil Bale is the Leader of the City of Cardiff Council, the capital city of Wales and one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the UK.
After graduating from Aberystwyth University with a degree in International Politics, Phil spent the early part of his working life in the financial services sector. He later went on to study for a Masters degree in Corporate Governance at the University of London, before working in the office of an Assembly Member.
In May 2012, he was elected to serve on the City of Cardiff Council, representing the neighbourhoods of Llanishen and Thornhill where he grew up. In March 2014, he became the Leader of the City Council and his administration launched a new city vision for Cardiff to become Europe’s most liveable capital city, building on the city’s already great reputation as a high quality-of-life city.
As Leader, he has specific portfolio responsibilities for economic development and tourism. This includes major regeneration projects in the city, such as the redevelopment of Central Square, which includes a new office, retail and hotel development; a new headquarters for BBC Cymru, and a world class integrated transport hub.
He also recognises the need for Cardiff to work more closely with councils across South East Wales as part of a successful ‘city-region’ and has been a strong advocate for developing and securing a ‘Cardiff City Deal’ with the UK Government, which would bring up to £1.2bn in new infrastructure investment into the Cardiff Capital Region.
In September 2014, Phil led Cardiff into membership of the UK Core Cities Group and, working with the Leader of Newport City Council and the Mayor of Bristol, he has also been instrumental in the launch of ‘Great Western Cities’, an exciting new cross-regional collaboration between Cardiff, Bristol and Newport, which is intended to support shared priorities in areas such as regional public transport investment and city resilience.