Councillor Griffiths was born in Lytham, Lancashire and attended Millhouse Primary School and Penistone Grammar Schools, South Yorkshire, as well as Woodhouse Grove and the Welsh National School of Medicine. In 1980 he qualified as a Bachelor of Medicine and undertook Junior Doctor/GP training between 1980-84, before gaining a postgraduate qualification as a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1984.
The Deputy Lord Mayor became a partner in General Practice at Horton Park surgery, Bradford in December 1984 and still practices there.
He has an adult son in Edinburgh and a daughter is at University in Bangor, North Wales. A grandchild is expected later this year.
He attends Thornton Methodist Church, where he is a Steward.
He was first elected to Bradford Council in the year 2000, representing the Eccleshill Ward. He had two short breaks in service and is currently a Councillor in the Idle and Thackley Ward. In the early 2000s he was Chair of the Bradford East Area Committee for a year. On Council his special areas of interest are related to health and environmental matters.
He is a member and Divisional Chair of the Bradford Local Medical Committee.
As a child his parents took him on a European camping tour and in 1970 he went with his parents’ drama club to the Oberammergau Passion Play, in Bavaria, Germany. He has twice visited New Zealand to visit his now late mother and twice travelled to Chicago to watch his favourite band, King Crimson, play!
In his leisure time, the Deputy Lord Mayor enjoys music. He is a bass and sings in the church and elsewhere, plays the bass guitar and sings in his band. He speaks only a word or two of French and Welsh.
A few years ago he took up running and has now completed over one hundred parkruns, a good number of 10K and cross country/fell races, one half marathon and three marathons, with a fourth on the cards.
His ambitions are to keep running and singing (though not at the same time!) as long as possible and would like one day to visit Australia and take the train across the Nullabor plain.
The Deputy Lord Mayor has no specific dietary requirements, drinks tea and coffee, though he does have a liking for real coffee and also enjoys real ale.