Matthew Hicks - Leader of Suffolk County Council and Councillor for Thredling

I was elected Leader of Suffolk County Council in May 2018, having served for the previous three years as Cabinet Member for Environment, Public Protection and Broadband.

I moved to Suffolk in 2003 and soon became an active member of the community, participating in and hosting events for local church restoration funds and other charities. I became a school governor at Worlingworth CEVCP School in 2009. In 2011, I was privileged to be elected as a Member of Mid Suffolk District Council and in 2013 I was elected to Suffolk County Council where I represent the Thredling Division.

In my role as Leader of the County Council, I am committed to working collaboratively across Suffolk with the District and Borough councils, leaders of the health sector, business and the wider Suffolk community. I take the same partnership approach in my work as the local County Councillor for my area.

I have been a keen campaigner and worked with my local Parish Councils and residents on many varied issues, including the installation of VAS speed monitoring signs and successfully reducing speed limits on the most dangerous stretches of road. I have also worked to help support villages to become sustainable and to thrive by assisting village halls, community centres and other community-based projects to obtain grants, funding and other resources.



County Council announces timescale to progress the Ipswich Northern Route project

On 27 February, the Leader of Suffolk County Council, Matthew Hicks, announced the timescale to progress the Ipswich Northern Route project. Cllr Hicks has outlined the next steps in producing the Strategic Outline Business Case, which will examine and ultimately clarify the feasibility of an Ipswich northern route.

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Russ Rainger - Aldeburgh and Leiston

I moved to Suffolk in 2007, when Denise and I made Snape our home. I retired from a 30-year career in the nuclear power industry in 2014. My interest in local issues has been fuelled by my involvement with the Parish Council and, in 2017, I stood for a County Council position.

Christopher Hudson - Belstead Brook

It has been a great honour to serve and represent the people of Suffolk as a County Councillor since 2012. I also served as a District Councillor from 2011-2019. 

Paul West - Bixley

I am married to Katherine and have two stepchildren. Ipswich has always been our home and we run our small businesses here too. It is a great place to live as we are just an hour from London and have a vibrant waterfront area. I was elected at the County Councillor for the Bixley Division in a by-election in May 2016.

Joanna Spicer MBE DL - Blackbourn

I have been the Suffolk County Councillor for the Blackbourn Division for almost 30 years. I have worked in the public sector in Suffolk since 1972 and live in Pakenham with my husband Christopher.

Richard Smith MVO - Blything

I have been a County Councillor since 2010 and represent the Blything Division, which consists of the town of Saxmundham (where I live) and twelve villages to the north – Blythburgh, Bramfield, Darsham, Dunwich, Kelsale-cum-Carlton, Middleton, Theberton, Thorington, Walberswick, Wenhaston, Westleton and Yoxford.

Kay Oakes - Bosmere

I have lived in Needham Market since 1997. I was a Needham Market Town Councillor for fifteen years and I have served as Mayor of Needham Market and Chairman of the Town Council three times.

David Ritchie - Bungay

My wife and I live in St James South Elmham, one of the 25 rural parishes in the Bungay electoral Division.  We keep a few sheep and some chickens and are doing our best to restore and improve a timber-frame Suffolk long house. Rachel is the Church Warden and we both help with village events.

Mary Evans - Clare

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.

Rachel Hood - Exning and Newmarket

I am a Cambridge University educated Barrister, a qualified Californian/USA Federal Court Attorney, and a married mother of four. My husband and I run a business in Newmarket, where I am a Town Councillor and the current Mayor, having been Mayor previously in 2014-15 and 2018-19.

Graham Newman - Felixstowe Coastal

I first started working in Felixstowe – for BT in Anzani House - in 1984, and eventually moved to the town in 1992. I was elected to the County Council for Felixstowe Coastal Division in 2005, and successfully re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017.

Steve Wiles - Felixstowe Coastal

I have the great pleasure of living in the beautiful seaside town of Felixstowe. In 2017, I was elected as a County Councillor, giving me the opportunity to represent the town in County matters. Currently, I sit on the Council’s Development and Regulation Committee.

Stuart Bird - Felixstowe North

I have lived in Felixstowe since 1993. Before that, I lived in Ipswich for 28 years – it’s also the town where I was born. I am single, but I have a large extended family in the area.

Stephen Burroughes - Framlingham

I was born and raised in the village of Chediston where I now live with my wife and family. My family have farmed in the village and throughout Suffolk and Norfolk for many generations, and I am proud of my rural heritage and my understanding of how the countryside ‘works’.

Mick Fraser - Hadleigh

Originally from London, I have lived in Hadleigh with my family since 2002. I served for 24 years in the Army as an aircraft engineer, supporting the Army Air Corps’ helicopter fleet and have been deployed on operations in several theatres of conflict. My last posting was to Wattisham Flying Stat

Tony Goldson - Halesworth

I was first elected to the County Council in 2009 representing the Halesworth Division. I have served as an Assistant Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport and as the Assistant Cabinet Member for Health.

Richard Rout - Hardwick

I grew up in Suffolk where my family has farmed outside Ipswich for several generations. I was first elected to represent the Hardwick Division on Suffolk County Council in May 2017.

Jessica Fleming - Hartismere

I live in Creeting St Mary with my husband, daughters and dogs. I come from a farming background in Ireland and went to Trinity College Dublin where I read natural science. Subsequently, I qualified as a geologist in Denver, Colorado.

Quillon Fox - Haverhill Cangle

My family and I have lived in Haverhill since 2003. We moved to Haverhill from Hampshire when my job as an air traffic controller was posted to Stansted. I have been a Haverhill Town Councillor since 2015 and a Suffolk County Councillor since 2017.

David Roach - Haverhill East and Kedington

I have lived in Haverhill for almost 35 years. After a long and varied career with Royal Mail, I took early retirement in 2012. This was prompted by major heart surgery, which totally changes your outlook on life.

Stuart Lawson - Kesgrave and Rushmere

I have lived in the heart of Kesgrave with my young family for 14 years and I believe Kesgrave and Rushmere are a great community. I was elected to the County Council in May 2017.

Michael Ladd - Kessingland and Southwold

I am married to Linda and we have two grown up children, and two granddaughters. Having lived and worked in Southwold all my life, I believe I have a strong sense of what people want from the place where they live, work and play.

Jenny Ceresa - Lowestoft South

I have lived in Lowestoft since 2014, when I moved here to be closer to my family. In 2015, I became a District Councillor at Waveney District Council, representing Carlton Colville.

Patricia O'Brien - Martlesham

I have served as a County Councillor for 18 years. I represented the Colneis Division from 2001-2005 and, since 2005, I have represented the Martlesham Division.

Louis Busuttil - Mildenhall

I was born in Malta in 1957 and I am widely travelled, having visited over 100 countries. I hold a BSc degree from Sheffield university and an MBA from Lancaster university.

James Reeder - Oulton

Born in Bury St Edmunds, I lived in Stowmarket until I married and moved to Lowestoft, which has now been my home town for 35 years. After leaving school I joined the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Deck Officer, which brought me great opportunities for travel.

Keith Robinson - Oulton

I live in my Division and I am very much a Lowestoft man, spending much of my working life as a mechanic, MOT tester, and long-distance truck driver. Being interested in promoting the concerns and interests of local people, I successfully stood for election to the Suffolk County Council in May 2017.

Craig Rivett - Pakefield

I was born and raised in Lowestoft and the surrounding area; my family have lived here for many generations. I was elected to Suffolk County Council as the Member for Pakefield in May 2017. My division encompasses both Pakefield and Carlton Colville.

Melanie Vigo di Gallidoro - Pakefield

Having lived in Pakefield for over 43 years, it has been a privilege to represent the people of Pakefield and Carlton Colville on Suffolk County Council since May 2017.

Colin Noble - Row Heath

I have been a County Councillor since 2006 and was Leader of the Council from May 2015 to May 2018. I have previously served as the Cabinet Member for Finance and for Adult Social Care. Away from politics, I run a consultancy in land and planning and I’m a third-generation builder.

Gordon Jones - Samford

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.

Chris Chambers - St Margaret's and Westgate

I was born in Ipswich and raised just outside the town in the village of Tattingstone on the Shotley Peninsula. I moved back to Ipswich in 2014 with my wife Magdalena. We have a son, Jack, born in October 2017.

James Finch - Stour Valley

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.

Gary Green - Stowmarket North and Stowupland

I was born and bred in Stowmarket. I am a married father of five children. One is at university and the other four all attend school in Stowmarket. My wife, Jessica, is a primary school teacher.

Nick Gowrley - Stowmarket South

My wife and I have lived in Stowmarket since 1991. Following redundancy from Mid Suffolk District Council, where I had worked for almost 24 years, I took early retirement.

Colin Spence - Sudbury East and Waldingfield

I was born in Sudbury and still live there with my wife. I have been the Suffolk County Councillor for the Sudbury East and Waldingfield (Acton, Chilton, Great and Little Waldingfield) Division since May 2005. I’m now into my 14th year of service to the town and immediate area.

Jane Storey - Thedwastre North

I was born in Pakenham and brought up in Tostock. I went to Elmswell Primary and then the County Grammar in Bury. I trained to be an accountant, but then moved into payroll software and ran my own payroll bureau and training business until 2016.

Rebecca Hopfensperger - Thingoe North

I’ve lived in Bury St Edmunds and its surrounds all my life. I am married to Paul and we have two young boys. Paul and I run our own personal wellness business in Bury town centre and are both serving Borough Councillors.

Karen Soons - Thingoe South

I became a County Councillor in May 2017, having lived in Suffolk for nearly 30 years with my husband Martin and our four children. It is my pleasure to represent Thingoe South Division. The Division includes 20 hamlets/villages south of Bury St Edmunds.

Robert Everitt - Tower

My family and I have lived in Suffolk for over 40 years and have always been involved in the communities in which we have lived. In 2017, I was elected as the County Councillor for the Tower Division in Bury St Edmunds, which covers the Town Centre of Bury St Edmunds.

David Goldsmith - Whitehouse and Whitton

I moved to Ipswich in December 1985. I have been involved in politics since 1979 and soon became the Chairman of the local branch in a village in Essex. I am married with three children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Alexander Nicoll - Wickham

My wife, who has family from Suffolk, and I moved to make our permanent home here in 2011. I have worked in charitable and private sector organisations and am a director of a national retail property company.

Andrew Reid - Wilford

I was brought up in Suffolk and have lived here permanently with my wife, Clare, and three children since 1990. After 30 years in investment banking and financial services, I became a local business owner in 2010.