Cllr Neil Bannister has been part of the South Leicestershire community since moving to Claybrooke Magna in August 1992. He became Chairman of the Claybrooke Magna Village Hall committee and successfully organised the village hall centenary celebrations. Neil also served as a school governor at Claybrooke and at Hallbrook Primary School after moving to Broughton Astley.
Neil served as a Broughton Astley Parish Councillor for 14 years before being elected to the Dunton Ward of Harborough District Council in 2011. Neil currently chairs the Governance and Audit committee on the Council.
Neil supports the 5 parishes in his ward with dedication and enthusiasm. He has campaigned to maintain the rural landscape, to bring superfast broadband to South Leicestershire, assisted a number of residents with planning matters and has successfully pushed for greater enforcement of planning conditions.
Neil is also an enthusiastic member of the association and is keen to support - and run - fundraising activities.
Neil is married to Kathryn and they have two wonderful daughters. Neil is employed as a Crown Advocate with the East Midlands Crown Prosecution Service. His hobbies include supporting the Tigers.
In June 2015 Neil was elected as Chairman of The South Leicestershire Conservative Association
In October 2015 Neil was selected as the Conservative Party Police and Crime Commisioner Candidate for Leicestershire.
In October 2017 Neil was elected as leader of Harborough District Council
Neil was also Chairman of the Leicestershire, Rutland and City Area Conservatives in 2017.