When I was asked to put my name forward I agreed because there are some issues locally in which I wanted to get more involved – for example the Highpoint Estate Residents campaign.
I have a proven track record of getting things done in support of my local community. Over the past six years I led a voluntary project which has transformed the village hall in Stansfield and provided new interests and activities for residents in the village and beyond.
After training as journalist on the East Anglian Daily Times my career took me to the House of Commons where I worked as a political reporter. I returned home to Suffolk nine years ago and live in Stansfield in the heart of the Clare Division. I work from home as a freelance journalist and specialise in writing about early years childcare and education.
It is a privilege to serve the people of the Clare Division on the county council. I want to help local people develop solutions to their most challenging problems while adhering to the need for strong management of the council’s finances.
Like many residents living in rural West Suffolk I know the cuts in public transport, state of our roads as well as the speed and size of some of the vehicles on the roads are a cause of concern and I am working with local communities to improve road safety.
I was delighted to be appointed the county council’s Assistant Cabinet Member for Roads and Transport and to be given the chairmanship of the new cross-party Roads and Transport Policy Development Panel. I am also serving on the Rights of Way committee.
I am using the experience and knowledge I have gained through my career to work on the new Education Scrutiny Committee to give our children the best start in life. I believe it is vital that we ensure our children get the best possible education.
If there are any issues you would like to raise with me please get in touch.