I come from a farming family and grew up in Suffolk. I trained as a reporter on the East Anglian Daily Times, where I met my husband. Our careers took us to Westminster where I worked as a political correspondent. In 2004, we returned home to Suffolk and settled near Clare, where I became involved in the local community and led the campaign to save our village hall.
I was elected to Suffolk County Council in 2013 to represent the Clare Division and was appointed Assistant Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. In 2015, I became Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee. In 2018, I was appointed Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways Transport and Rural Affairs.
In the Clare area I am working to improve the infrastructure - ranging from the delivery of high speed broadband and mobile phone reception to improvements to community transport. I have helped communities to combat speeding traffic and I am also supporting local groups to tackle rural isolation and loneliness.
In my Cabinet role, I have set up a Highways Improvements and Innovations Board, which looks at how we handle issues such as potholes and road closures. We also look at what other counties do and whether we can do things differently. Against a background of tight finances, we must maintain our roads in Suffolk as efficiently as we can. I am involved in regional campaigns to improve our road and rail links.
I can be contacted at Mary.Evans@suffolk.gov.uk