Paul Tilsley

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Paul Tilsley
Paul Tilsley in April 2011
Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council
In office
5 May 2005 – 3 May 2012
LeaderMike Whitby
Preceded byJohn Hemming
Lord Mayor of Birmingham
In office
Preceded byPeter Barwell
Succeeded byRichard Knowles
Member of Birmingham City Council for Sheldon
Assumed office
May 1988
Member of Birmingham City Council for Aston
In office
May 1968 – May 1982
Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham
In office
March 2017 – May 2017
Personal details
Political partyLiberal Democrats

Paul Tilsley CBE is a British local politician. He was deputy leader of Birmingham City Council and the senior Liberal Democrat in the council's ruling Liberal Democrat–Conservative coalition.[1] As of 2023, he is the council's longest-serving member,[2] and was previously Lord Mayor of Birmingham, in 1993–4.

As a councillor, he represents the ward of Sheldon,[1] and was previously a councillor in Aston ward.[1] He was Chairman of the Birmingham Strategic Partnership from October 2005 until May 2012.

In January 2016, he announced his decision to stand down as leader of the council's Lib Dem group, a position held since June 2005, but to remain a back bencher.[2]

Following the death in March 2017 of Cllr Ray Hassall, who was Deputy Lord Mayor, Tilsley was elected by the Council to complete his term of office.


He was responsible for placing Birmingham as one of the UK's leading cities on the Sustainability and Environmental Agenda, speaking at a number of Conferences both in the UK and in Europe on this issue.[3]

From May 2005 until May 2012 he was Chairman of Digital Birmingham which brought together both public and private sector partners in driving forward the Digital Agenda to make Birmingham a leading "edge" City. One of his major achievements was to Champion the modernisation of Birmingham City Councils IT system, which has seen a wholesale change in the way that the Council conducts its business, and communicates and does business with its 1,000,000 citizens.[3]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1991 Birthday Honours for "political and public service" and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to local government.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Councillor Paul Tilsley MBE". Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b Elkes, Neil. "Birmingham's Lib Dem leader steps down after almost ten years at the helm". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Tilsley, Paul. "Sheldon Ward – My News". Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  4. ^ "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b10.