I am married to Jeannette with two grown-up sons. I am now retired, having spent most of my working life in the corporate world in the agricultural, chemical and biological industries. I have lived and worked in Suffolk for over 37 years, in two spells, and therefore I’m known to many of you and have a reputation for "getting things done". In my spare time I am a musician and church organist, and I relax in a productive garden and allotment. It's been a privilege to be the Stour Valley County Councillor for nearly ten years now.
I became a Councillor to influence the protection of our South Suffolk mediaeval villages from increasing traffic issues. I have successfully led campaigns to improve road safety, reduce speeding throughout the area, and protect our villages from the ever-increasing number of very large HGVs. I have served on the County Council Cabinet and Scrutiny committees over the years and am now Vice Chairman of both the County Council and the Dedham Vale Area of Natural Beauty (AONB).
As a lifelong Christian Conservative, I hold strong "social" conservative principles which primarily protect the vulnerable and are backed by firm policies for strong financial management. I will continue to work for good educational standards, care of the elderly, local economic growth, better local broadband for the outlying villages still not connected, undergrounding of National Grid power lines, and the protection of our AONBs in Suffolk.
"YOUR PRIORITIES ARE MY PRIORITIES"
I can be contacted at James.Finch@suffolk.gov.uk