People

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.

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.

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.

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 for 25 years. 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’.