I am the Deben ward member at East Suffolk and hold the role of Cabinet Member for the Environment.
It is important to link East Suffolk into other interested parties, so I am board member for the Suffolk Waste Partnership, The Suffolk Local Access Forum, Green Print Forum steering committee and Coastal Partnership East. As personal interest and synergy I also put my name forward to be vice chair of the joint advisory committee for Suffolk Coast Heaths and Dedham Vale AONB which I was duly elected.
I’m also the Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Task Group which was established in July 2019 when we declared a climate emergency. The Task Group meets quarterly to consider and action what can be done to meet the Council’s challenging target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and making sure environment considerations are threaded throughout our policy and decision processes.
I’m a member of the CEN (Conservative Environment Network), a wider forum that supports conservation and decarbonisation.
After working in the City, I moved to Hollesley some years ago for a change in priorities and to enjoy the high quality of life the area has to offer.
Working in Africa, Europe and Singapore, I enjoy working in different cultures and I am able to lead teams to make sure challenges and issues are resolved.
Over the years I have volunteered and worked in the local community and enjoy putting something back into society and helping others. I have great personal satisfaction in volunteering to be a bell ringer in Hollesley and I was honoured recently to be invited to the join the Suffolk Guild of Ringers.
Having always been aware of the natural world, I appreciate the Deben ward is a special area to live and work.
My priorities as your Councillor are to:
- Protect the Deben ward to make sure all council policies are evaluated on their environmental impact
- Maintain and improve river and sea defences
- Make sure any new housing is the right housing in the right location meeting the needs of residents
- Support local communities and parish councils in maintaining and improving facilities.
Read our East Suffolk manifesto here: https://www.eastsuffolkconservatives.org.uk/campaigns/towards-thriving-east-suffolk