About Bim Afolami

As a child of Commonwealth immigrants, my family has experienced the best of Britain. I grew up watching my parents serve the local community with dedication. My father is a consultant doctor in the NHS, and my mother is a pharmacist. My grandfather was an Anglican vicar. I want to make that same positive difference to people as their Member of Parliament.

I have been fortunate enough to have had a successful business career. I spent ten years in the City advising some of the biggest companies in the world, both British and international – first as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, then as a Senior Executive at HSBC.

My parents sacrificed a great deal so that I could attend good schools. I was lucky enough to study at Eton College and Oxford University, where I was Vice President of the Oxford Union and played football for the University. These experiences changed my life and consequently I am passionate about the need to ensure that everyone has access to a fantastic education and greater opportunities. I was a primary school governor for several years and I have always supported (and volunteered for) charities that focus on helping people return to work.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Ditchley Foundation. As a very keen sportsman, I support Northampton Saints Rugby Union Club and Arsenal FC.

I am married to Hetti, and we have three little boys. We live in a village near Harpenden. In my spare time, I listen to the Archers, play cricket, and read lots of history books.

I am a lucky man – and I’m in politics to give back to my country. I am passionate about getting the big decisions right for the next generation – helping businesses thrive, protecting our green belt and caring for the vulnerable.