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.
I have been a Southwold Town Councillor since 1990, and a Waveney District Councillor since 2011. I became a County Councillor in 2013. As an experienced Councillor, I believe I can bring greater understanding of, and achieve better partnership working across, all the tiers of local government for the benefit of all the communities I represent.
I was elected Chairman of Suffolk County Council in May 2018 and have the privilege of representing the Council all around this fantastic county of ours. I previously served as Chair of the Health Scrutiny committee at Suffolk County Council. At Waveney District Council, I am the Cabinet Member for Tourism and Economic Development. I have been chairman of the Southwold Millennium Foundation since it was set up in 2000 and we completed the building of the new community hall in 2009.
Some of the issues that are a priority for me are speeding in rural areas and road safety; the enforcement of parking restrictions; and controlled development of the built environment, so that it is in keeping with the existing street scene.
I can be contacted at Michael.Ladd@suffolk.gov.uk