Tim Dawes moved to the area in 1991 and lives in Havant with his wife Sue. A former senior local government officer, he has run his own very successful consultancy business since 1998 and is a recognised expert in Green IT. At the last general election Tim fought the Havant constituency for the Greens, finishing ahead of UKIP and well ahead of the BNP and other minor parties. He has been the Co-ordinator of the Green Party in South East Hampshire since 2004 and is also currently Co-chair of the Green Party Regional Council, the national policy body of the party.
Tim has been involved in local community campaigns in Havant and Portsmouth, including the anti-war campaign, Fair Trade, Friends of the Earth and campaigns against superstore and other inappropriate developments. A writer with a keen interest in the arts, theatre and literature, he was one of the co-founders of the Havant Literary Festival and has turned the lower floor of his company's offices into a community bookshop and fair trade cafe. He has also run art galleries and organised arts events.
Tim believes that the community in Portsmouth South needs a new voice - one that recognises the traditional strengths and problems of the area, but also looks forward to developing a self-sustaining economy based on new green jobs, locally sustainable and appropriate development and revitalisation of tourism, together with culture and arts in the city. Portsmouth and Southsea remains one of the most interesting and diverse places in England, with a terrific potential for the future. It has been held back by being under-sold, poorly represented and badly lead for decades. Now is the right moment for change.