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.



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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.

Mark Bee - Beccles

I was born and raised in Beccles, where I attended local schools. I was a student at Westminster College, Oxford, where I gained a degree in Theology and was elected President of the Student Union. It was from this that my interest in politics was established.

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.