About the Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley - biography

Deputy Mayor 2021 - Tony Owen

Councillor Tony Owen of Petts Wood and Knoll was elected Deputy Mayor of Bromley for 2021-22, at the annual meeting of the council on 19 May 2021.

Tony grew up in Chislehurst and was educated at Mead Road Infants School, Red Hill Primary School and Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School.

Tony spent 40 years in the electronics industry and retired as the financial controller of Philips Semiconductors worldwide set top box division. He was involved in many quality improvement initiatives which he presented in Europe, USA and in South Africa where he met Nelson Mandela. He has been a visiting lecturer at CIPFA Belfast, INLOGOV (Birmingham University), De Montfort University, Deming Forum and the Institute of Value Management.

Tony was a Merton councillor from 1978-1982 and was first elected to Petts Wood & Knoll ward in Bromley in 1989. He has been a member of many council committees. When chairman of the General Purposes & Licensing committee, he was the architect of the council’s licensing policy. He was also part of the team that introduced single status (equal pay for men and women doing the same job) and local conditions of service.

Tony married his wife Rosie in Chislehurst Methodist church in May 1981. They have a son who works in Canary Wharf and a daughter who teaches in a local secondary school.

Tony is an enthusiastic bridge player, a trained bridge teacher and is in the top 100 players in Kent in the English Bridge Union rankings. He has played at bridge clubs in Dubai and Sri Lanka and on many cruise ships with partners from Australia, China, Europe, South America and USA.

Tony is an avid collector of popular music and owns every UK number one single from 1952 to the present day. He has a very eclectic musical taste embracing artists from many parts of the world including Alabina, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Juliana Kanyomozi, Mon Laferte, Pink Martini, Priyani Jayasinghe, Rocio Durcal and Saori Yuki among many others. They can all be found on YouTube!!