What my role is

I live and work in Southampton, and am your City Councillor representing Peartree ward. I was elected on 3rd May 2018 with 1,725 votes representing 46.4% of the total votes cast.

As your representative, I am working hard for the people of Southampton to hold the Labour-run Council to account for their decisions and to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard in the places it matters most. I also sit on the Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel and am appointed the Council representative to the Southampton Voluntary Service.

Where I’m coming from

I grew up over on the beautiful Isle of Wight before moving to Southampton in 2011 to study Engineering at the University of Southampton. Since then, I’ve accumulated over 7 years experience working within the technology industry, through technical writing, software development, cyber security and patent law. I want to see Southampton become a vibrant hub for technological innovation.

In 2015, I agreed a deal with Imperial College Press to publish a textbook on programming for entrepreneurs. This was listed as one of ICPs ‘Notable Titles in Engineering’ in 2016 and has since helped hundreds of young entrepreneurs to develop their programming abilities.

Most recently, I have completed post-graduate studies in Intellectual Property law at Queen Mary, University of London and have since spent the last two years helping innovative companies in the UK, Europe and worldwide to make the most of their intellectual property assets.

As someone who believes in the importance of small business to the local economy, I have advised a range of tech startups based in Southampton and beyond. I have also authored articles and legal essays for a range of organisations, including Future Worlds, Inside Careers, Leonards Review, Activate UK and the CIPA Journal.

What I can do for you

Please get in touch if you would like to raise any matters of concern. It’s what you elected me to do and I want to help you wherever I can. I can also arrange home visits by prior arrangement.

Email: councillor.t.bell@southampton.gov.uk

Above: Alex Houghton (left) and myself (right) are your Conservative Councillors in Peartree.