Suffolk County Council
Chair of the Council
Cllr Graham Newman, Conservative
since 22 October 2020
Leader of the Council
Cllr Matthew Hicks, Conservative
since 24 May 2018
since May 2018
|Seats||75 (38 needed for a majority)|
Length of term
|7 May 2021|
|1 May 2025|
Suffolk County Council is the administrative authority for the county of Suffolk, England. It is run by 75 elected county councillors representing 63 divisions. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.
Established in 1974 and initially based at East Suffolk County Hall, the Council relocated to Endeavour House in Ipswich in 2004. In September 2010, the council announced that it would seek to outsource a number of its services, in an attempt to cut its own budget by 30%. Controversy surrounding the then CEO Andrea Hill, some concerning including £122,000 spent on management consultants, featured in the local and national press in 2011; this led to her facing a disciplinary hearing, and subsequently resigning.
The County Council is led by its CEO Nicola Beach, who has been in this role since May 2018.
The Council is split into 5 distinct areas known as directorates. Each directorate has responsibility for a range of services and statutory requirements.
|Adult and Community Services (ACS)||Director Sue Cook|
|Corporate Services (CS)||Director Chris Bally|
|Fire and Public Safety (FPS)||Director Mark Hardingham|
|Growth, Highways and Infrastructure (GHI)||Director Mark Ash|
|Health, Wellbeing and Children’s Services (HWC)||Director Allan Cadzow|
Suffolk County Council is responsible for major services which are provided countywide. These include:
Main article: List of electoral wards in Suffolk § County Council
Suffolk County Council is organised into Electoral Divisions. These divisions are periodically reviewed. As of 2021, there were 63 divisions of which 51 each returned a single member, a further 12 divisions each being represented by two members.
Each councillor is responsible for their own Locality budget which amounted to £8,000 for the 2021/2022 financial year.
|Babergh District||1||Belstead Brook||Christopher Hudson|
|3||Great Cornard||Peter Beer|
|8||Stour Valley||James Finch|
|10||Sudbury East and Waldingfield||Philip Faircloth-Mutton|
|Mid Suffolk District||26||Bosmere||Kay Oakes|
|27||Gipping Valley||Chris Chambers|
|29||Hoxne & Eye||Peter Gould|
|30||Stowmarket North & Stowupland||Keith Welham|
|31||Stowmarket South||Keith Scarff|
|32||Thedwastre North||Andy Mellen|
|33||Thedwastre South||Penny Otton|
|35||Upper Gipping||Andrew Stringer|
|Ipswich Borough Council||16||Bixley||Paul West|
|20||Priory Heath||Bill Quinton|
|22||St Helen's||Elizabeth Johnson|
|23||St John's||Sarah Adams|
|24||St Margaret's and Westgate||Debbie Richards|
|25||Whitehouse and Whitton||Sam Murray|
|East Suffolk District||45||Aldeburgh and Leiston||T-J Haworth-Culf|
|48||Felixstowe Coastal||Steve Wiles|
|49||Felixstowe North and Trimley||Stuart Bird|
|51||Kesgrave and Rushmere St Andrew||Stuart Lawson|
|60||Kessingland and Southwold||Michael Ladd|
|61||Lowestoft South||Jenny Ceresa|
|Melanie Vigo di Gallidoro|
|West Suffolk District||11||Brandon||Victor Lukaniuk|
|12||Exning and Newmarket||Rachel Hood|
|14||Newmarket and Red Lodge||Andy Drummond|
|15||Row Heath||Colin Noble|
|38||Eastgate and Moreton Hall||Peter Thompson|
|40||Haverhill Cangle||Joe Mason|
|41||Haverhill East and Kedington||David Roach|
|42||Thingoe North||Beccy Hopfensperger|
|43||Thingoe South||Karen Soons|
Main article: Suffolk County Council elections
There are currently 75 Councillors elected to SCC. As at 2022 the council is run by the Conservative party. The Conservatives hold 55 seats on the Council, Greens 9, Labour 5, Liberal Democrats 4, Independents 1 and West Suffolk Independents 1.
These last elections were held on 6 May 2021.
The historic former County Hall offices in St Helen’s Street have been unoccupied since Suffolk County Council moved out in 2004 to Endeavour House.