Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley - biography
Councillor Mike Botting of Chelsfield Ward was elected Mayor of Bromley for 2023/24 at the annual meeting of the council on 10 May 2023.
Mike was first elected to Bromley Council in 2018 to represent the former Ward of Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom. He grew up in Wandsworth and attended Wandsworth Comprehensive School. He developed an interest in construction and joined a construction company as a trainee structural engineer.
Mike had a desire to follow his father into the police and in 1975 he joined the Metropolitan Police, where he met his wife Cllr Kim Botting. They married in 1977 and have four grown up children and two grandchildren.
Kim and Mike have resided in Bromley for 44 years, where they brought up all four of their children. Mike served in the Metropolitan Police until 2006 in a variety of roles. In 2006, he transferred to British Transport Police to a unit which dealt with specialist operational roles. In total he served 41 years and retired in 2016.
In 2015 and 2018 his wife Kim was elected Mayor of Bromley and Mike was her Consort. This role has equipped him well for the role of Mayor. Since being elected, he has served as the Executive Assistant to the Portfolio Holder for Adult Care and Health as well as the following Committees: Adult Care and Health Policy Development and Scrutiny; Countryside Consultative; Environment and Community Services; Health and Wellbeing Board; Licensing, Public Protection and Enforcement Policy Development; Rights of Way; Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education. He has jointly chaired the Learning Disability Board and was Deputy Chairman of the General Purposes and Licensing Committee.
Mike is currently the Loneliness and Armed Forces champion for Bromley and also the President of the Orpington Sea Cadets and a member of the Royal British Legion.