Karen Soons - Thingoe South

I have lived in rural Suffolk my whole adult life. My husband, Martin, and I have four grown up children.

Having been a director and trustee of local companies, schools and charities, I wanted to give something back to my local community.  

I was elected to Thingoe South Division in the County Council elections in May 2017. My Division includes 20 hamlets/villages south of Bury St Edmunds. The Wards of Barrow cum Denham, Chedburgh, Rougham, Horringer and Whelnetham are within the boundaries for Thingoe South.

At the County Council, I am currently Chair of the Suffolk Pension Fund Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Staff Partnership Board.

I am also a Parish Councillor in Tuddenham. I believe that everyone needs efficient and diligent elected representation and I feel that parishes need a greater say in the future of their area.

I am a member of the Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education, as well a trustee for the King Edward 6th school. It has been my privilege to work with the Theatre Royal, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, King Edward VI school and many other community groups. I believe outreach is vital to our local communities.

In my spare time, I play tennis and I enjoy ballroom dancing.

I can be contacted at karen.soons@suffolk.gov.uk

Or find me at https://twitter.com/KarenSoons

Or https://www.facebook.com/KarenSoonsforWestSuffolk/

Or on Instagram @karensoons1



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