Born in 1963, Tim is married to Gemma and has three sons – Eoin, 9 and 6 year old twins Michael and Feargal.
He studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast (1983-1986) and was elected President of Queen’s University Students Union in 1987 and coordinated local and national student campaigns including major education rallies.
In 1989 he was appointed Director of Citizens Advice Belfast.
Tim has been a political activist in the SDLP for 25 years. As the SDLP’s Director of Development he was responsible for political development, party organisation and election campaigns. He was central to the U2 Yes gig which brought John Hume, Bono and David Trimble together and was critical in winning the Good Friday Agreement referendum.
Tim was elected to Belfast City Council in 1995 and is Leader of the SDLP Group. He took a lead role in designing a major social and economic investment package for Belfast worth £150 million.
He has been active in numerous community and regeneration organisations and served on many public bodies. He is Belfast Chair of the Forum for Cities in Transition which brings together protagonists from divided cities in the promotion of peace-making and reconciliation. He has undertaken peace work in Kirkuk, Iraq, Kaduna in Nigeria and Uganda.