Having lived in Nayland since 1984, I know and much appreciate the area in which we live. I am also fully aware of the increasing challenges we face in this area but, by working together, we can achieve the best for all concerned. I am a chartered accountant by profession and worked in London as a finance director in the Lloyd's insurance market.
I became a County Councillor in May 2013. My years serving as the chair of governors of a high school reinforced my belief in the importance of education. I became a County Councillor so I could be part of improving both the funding and performance of schools in Suffolk.
Since May 2014, I have served as the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, leading the improvement in our schools and Children's Services across the County of Suffolk. I chair a number of internal bodies at Suffolk County Council, including the Corporate Parenting Board, the E-Safety Strategy Group, the Children’s Services Accountability Board, and the Schools Improvement Accountability Board.
I also serve on a number of outside bodies, including the East of England Local Government Association Children's Services and Education Lead Members Network, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Skills Board, the Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board, and as a stakeholder governor on the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.
A key priority for me is ensuring our young people reach the highest levels achievement they deserve. On a local level, I will work with Parish Councils and others to improve safety on our roads, using all available means. With the support of the police, I will seek the increasing use of average speed and number plate recognition cameras along our roads.
I can be contacted at Gordon.Jones@suffolk.gov.uk