Rodney Simon Berman OBE is a Liberal Democrat politician, a former councillor for the Plasnewydd ward, and was also leader of Cardiff Council
Born and raised in Glasgow, Berman studied at the University of Glasgow where he helped run Glasgow University Liberal Democrats, before moving to Wales to study towards a PhD.
Berman stood for election to Parliament as Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth in 2001, and Rhondda in 1997, coming third on each occasion. His agent for the Rhondda seat was Professor Russell Deacon. Berman was the last Liberal Democrat to secure their electoral deposit there until the general election of 2010.
In 2006, Berman was the first winner of the Local Politician of the Year award.
The local elections of 2008 saw the Liberal Democrats under Berman's leadership increase their representation, winning new seats in the east (Trowbridge), west (Llandaff) and south of the city (Butetown). Under Berman's leadership, the Liberal Democrats gained their largest representation in Cardiff for over a century.
In the 2012 council elections, the Liberal Democrats lost control of Cardiff Council to Welsh Labour, and Berman also lost his seat after two recounts.
Berman was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to local government and the community in Cardiff.
Berman is openly gay. In August 2006, he entered into a Civil Partnership with his partner, former ITV News journalist Nick Speed.