Knowle Lib Dems


picture of Knowle Councillor Chris Davies

Chris has lived all his life in South Bristol. He was born in Bedminster and has lived in Knowle for 45 years.  He is married with two children and two grandchilden.  He has always played a large part in the community of Knowle - at his parish church he was Group Scout Leader for 20 years and PCC and  Deanery Synod member. He now attends St Martin's Church, Knowle; is Chair of Redcatch Community Association, which manages Redcatch Community Centre, Redcatch Road in Knowle, and is a founding member, and former Chair, of the Friends of Redcatch Park. Chris is also a member of a local charity fund-raising group.

Since being elected in 2003 (re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016) he has served on numerous committees, including Development Control (Planning), Licensing, Appeals, and Children's Scrutiny, the Bristol Buildings Preservation Trust and on many outside bodies, including a Director of the Bristol Port Company, the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, Avon and Somerset Police Authority, the Fire Authority, the University of Bristol Court and Council, and was chair of the Downs Committee. He was a Trustee of the Empire Commonwealth Museum, a founding Trustee of the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, a member of the Bristol China Partnership and  President of 133 Bristol Special Needs Scout Group. He is now one of the founding Trustees of the Matthew of Bristol Trust, a member of the Arnolfini Trust and Christ Church Exhibition Fund, and Vice President of the Bristol South Scout Council. He was a Governor of Ilminster Ave Specialist Nursery School and Children's Centre. 

He was a Police Officer for 35 years and received the Police Long Service medal, and in his retirement was awarded the Police Waley-Cohen Award for conspicuous bravery, a High Court Judge commendation, the High Sheriff of Bristol Award, The Chief Scouts Commendation, and two Evening Post Gold Star awards - in 1995 for saving a child's life, and in 2006 for foiling a local bank robbery.  In 2008 he was elected as Lord Mayor of Bristol and again in 2009, and in 2010 as Deputy Lord Mayor until May 2011. (He is only the second Lib Dem to be elected to the role of Lord Mayor of Bristol). In 2008 his service was honoured when he was made an Apprentice Freeman of the City of Bristol. In 2012 Birthday Honours Chris was awarded the British Empire Medal for his lifetime of service to the police, scouting and the wider community.  

Interests - The history of Bristol, books on or about Bristol, Heritage Aviation and member of Rolls Royce Heritage Trust and The Old Vic Theatre Club, Knowle and Totterdown Local History Group,  and Gliding - having recently achieved a cadet gliding scholarship.  He is a member of Bristol Savages artist society, the Royal Society of St George and Bristol Rotary.