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Atha, Bernard Peter locked

CBE 2007 (OBE 1991)

Born 27 Aug. 1928; s of Horace Michael Atha and Mary Quinlan; unmarried

Principal Lecturer in Business Studies, Huddersfield Technical College, 1973–90; Lord Mayor, City of Leeds, 2000–01

Education

Leeds Modern Sch.; Leeds Univ. (LLB Hons)

Career

Barrister-at-law, Gray’s Inn. Commn, RAF, 1950–52. Variety artist on stage; Mem. Equity; films and TV plays. Elected Leeds City Council, 1957–2014 (Hon. Alderman, 2014); Chm., Leeds Leisure Services Cttee, 1988–99; former Chairman: Watch Cttee; Social Services Cttee; Educn Cttee. Vice-Chm., W Leeds HA, 1988–90. Contested (Lab): Penrith and the Border, 1959; Pudsey, 1964. Pres., Leeds Co-op. Soc., 1976–96; Chairman: Leeds Playhouse, 1974–2007; Northern Ballet Theatre, 1995–2010. Member: Arts Council, 1979–82; Ministerial Working Party on Sport and Recreation, 1974, on Sport for the Disabled, 1989; EU (formerly EC) Sport for Disabled Cttee, 1992–99 (Vice-Chm., 1997–99); Internat. Paralympic Cttee, 1993–98; Sports Lottery Bd, 1995–2003; Vice-Chm., Sports Council, 1976–80; Chairman: Yorks and Humberside Reg. Sports Council, 1966–76; Nat. Water Sports Centre, 1978–84; UK Sports Assoc. for People with Learning Disability (formerly UK Sports Assoc. for People with Mental Handicap), 1980– (Pres., INASFMH, 1993–2007); British Paralympics Assoc., 1989. Vice-Chm., St James’ Univ. Hosp. NHS Trust, 1993–98 (Dir, 1990–98); Chm., United Leeds Teaching Hosps NHS Trust, subseq. United Leeds Hosps Charitable Foundn, 2009–14 (Mem., 2000–14; Vice Chm., 2001–09). Chairman: Disability Sports Develt Trust (formerly British Paralympic Trust), 1990–; English Fedn Disability Sport, 1999–2009. Chairman: Yorks Dance Centre Trust, 1987–2007; Red Ladder Theatre Co., 1987–2014; Craft Centre and Design Gall., Leeds, 1988–2015; Liz Dawn Cancer Appeal; Yorkshire Youth Ballet (formerly Yorkshire Youth Dance), 2006–08. Pres., British and Internat. Fedn of Festivals, 2002–14, now Emeritus. Mem., Lord Renton Foundn, 1991–2015; Trustee, London Marathon Charitable Foundn, 2007–11. Governor, Sports Aid Foundn. FRSA. Hon. Fellow, Leeds Coll. of Music, 2002. British Gas/Arts Council Award, 1993

Recreations

sport, the arts, travel

Address

25 Moseley Wood Croft, Leeds, West Yorks LS16 7JJ

(0113) 267 2485

bernard.atha@outlook.com