Anthony Rowlands has represented Ashley Ward on the City and District Council since 2006. From 1986 until he stepped down in 2003, he represented Marshalswick South Ward. Since 2017 he has been County Councillor for St Albans East.
He is Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Sport and Deputy Leader of the Council. He was Chair of the Community, Environment and Sport Scrutiny Committee from 2015-2019. Until May 2011, he was Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure and, along with colleagues, guided through the new Westminster Lodge project to the commencement of construction.
Over the years, he has worked closely with residents on a wide range of local issues: highway safety; footway and grass verges repairs; resolving parking problems; social housing provision; planning issues; improving play facilities and open spaces and enhancing other community facilities.
Anthony is a native of the Isle of Wight. A graduate of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, he spent the first part of his career teaching History in secondary schools. From 2000 until 2018 he was a Director of CentreForum, the independent liberal public policy think tank based in Westminster re-named in 2016 the Education Policy Institute.
In July 2015 Anthony was appointed mental health champion for the City and District of St Albans. In that capacity he works with a wide variety of local organisations and individuals to raise awareness and understanding and improve mental health provision.
Anthony has two children: Sam is a Solicitor specialising in Mental Health and Alice, an early years’ teacher, lives in Canada. His late wife Harriet was a greatly respected and much loved teacher of Drama at Beaumont School until her retirement in 2013. The family have placed a bench in Harriet’s memory in Clarence Park.
He is often seen running around the ward checking on local issues. He has completed 12 London Marathons and 35 St Albans Half Marathons. He escapes from politics and work on Saturday afternoons in the often hapless sometimes joyful cause of supporting his beloved Burnley FC.