Richard Rout - Hardwick

I grew up in Suffolk where my family has farmed outside Ipswich for several generations. I have a long-standing interest in politics. I worked as an advisor to David Ruffley MP, then Shadow Minister for Police Reform, before setting up my own political consultancy business working for MPs and Think Tanks both regionally and nationally.

I was first elected to represent the Hardwick Division on Suffolk County Council in May 2017. Since being elected to the Council, my consultancy work has taken more of a back seat, but I continue to have other business interests across Suffolk. I run a gym and supplement firm in Newmarket, have a share in a wedding venue just outside Ipswich, and I still have a role in the family’s small farm in Belstead.

Since May 2018, I have served as the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection. This role encompasses a wide range of services including planning, trading standards, our bid to make Suffolk the Greenest County, and the fire service. I also serve on West Suffolk Council, and served on its predecessor authority the St Edmundsbury Borough Council, where I previously chaired the Sustainable Development Panel. I am a Bury St Edmunds Town Councillor and chaired the Town Council in 2009/10.

My main priorities for my Division include successfully accommodating the planned growth of Bury St Edmunds, tackling the state of our highways, curbing illegal parking, enhancing our natural environment, and delivering more opportunities for members of our community to be physically active.

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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.

Jessica Fleming - Hartismere

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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.