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. I chair both the Newmarket Neighbourhood Plan Group and the Trustees of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.
In May 2017, I was elected to Suffolk County Council as a Conservative Councillor. My interest in becoming a Councillor arose from being the Founder and Chair of the Save Historic Newmarket Action Group. This group formed in 2007 to combat disappointing and sometimes inexplicable planning decisions related to Newmarket, the home of horseracing. Since 2007, colleagues and I have worked to re-invigorate Newmarket Town Council and highlight the vital economic and employment contribution to Newmarket, Suffolk and the UK made by the horseracing and breeding industry - an industry contributing more than £3.5 billion annually to the UK. In May 2019, I was elected as a West Suffolk Councillor representing the Newmarket East Ward.
My father and grandparents are from Suffolk. I am passionate about Suffolk and its uniquely important contribution to our entire country. I am also passionate about educational standards and the need to provide excellent schools in Suffolk for all students and to focus on the provision of outstanding facilities for children and adults with special educational or other needs, whilst including them safely within our communities. Finally, as a Conservative Councillor, I believe that economic professionalism, accountability, openness and transparency is essential at all levels of local government.
I can be contacted at Rachel.Hood@suffolk.gov.uk