Suffolk County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Chair of the Council
Cllr Graham Newman, Conservative
since 22 October 2020
Leader of the Council
Cllr Matthew Hicks, Conservative
since 24 May 2018
Chief executive
Nicola Beach
since May 2018
Seats75 (38 needed for a majority)
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Political groups
  Conservative Party (55)
Other parties
  Green Party (9)
  Labour Party (5)
  Liberal Democrat (4)
  Independent (1)
  West Suffolk Independents (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
7 May 2021
Next election
1 May 2025
Meeting place
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Endeavour House
United Kingdom

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.[1] 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%.[2] 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;[3] this led to her facing a disciplinary hearing, and subsequently resigning.[4]

Structure of the County Council

The County Council is led by its CEO Nicola Beach, who has been in this role since May 2018.[5]

The Council is split into 5 distinct areas known as directorates.[6] Each directorate has responsibility for a range of services and statutory requirements.

Directorates Directors
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:

Shared services

Responsibility for some services is shared between the county council and borough, district and parish councils in Suffolk, including:

Suffolk Electoral Divisions

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.[7]

Each councillor is responsible for their own Locality budget which amounted to £8,000 for the 2021/2022 financial year.[8]

District No. Division Councillor
Babergh District 1 Belstead Brook Christopher Hudson
2 Cosford Robert Lindsay
3 Great Cornard Peter Beer
4 Hadleigh Mick Fraser
5 Melford Richard Kemp
6 Peninsula Simon Harley
7 Samford Georgia Hall
8 Stour Valley James Finch
9 Sudbury Jessie Carter
10 Sudbury East and Waldingfield Philip Faircloth-Mutton
Mid Suffolk District 26 Bosmere Kay Oakes
27 Gipping Valley Chris Chambers
28 Hartismere Jessica Fleming
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
34 Thredling Matthew Hicks
35 Upper Gipping Andrew Stringer
Borough of Ipswich 16 Bixley Paul West
17 Bridge Rob Bridgeman
18 Chantry Nathan Wilson
Nadia Cenci
19 Gainsborough Liz Harsant
20 Priory Heath Bill Quinton
21 Rushmere Sandy Martin
22 St Helen's Elizabeth Johnson
23 St John's Sarah Adams
24 St Margaret's and Westgate Debbie Richards
Inga Lockington
25 Whitehouse and Whitton Sam Murray
David Goldsmith
East Suffolk District 45 Aldeburgh and Leiston T-J Haworth-Culf
46 Blything Richard Smith
47 Carlford Elaine Bryce
48 Felixstowe Coastal Steve Wiles
Graham Newman
49 Felixstowe North and Trimley Stuart Bird
50 Framlingham Stephen Burroughes
51 Kesgrave and Rushmere St Andrew Stuart Lawson
Debbie McCallum
52 Martlesham Patti Mulcahy
53 Wickham Alexander Nicoll
54 Wilford Andrew Reid
55 Woodbridge Caroline Page
56 Beccles Caroline Topping
Peggy McGregor
57 Bungay Judy Cloke
58 Gunton James Reeder
Ryan Harvey
59 Halesworth Annette Dunning
60 Kessingland and Southwold Michael Ladd
61 Lowestoft South Jenny Ceresa
Jamie Starling
62 Oulton Edward Back
Keith Robinson
63 Pakefield Craig Rivett
Melanie Vigo di Gallidoro
West Suffolk District 11 Brandon Victor Lukaniuk
12 Exning and Newmarket Rachel Hood
13 Mildenhall Lance Stanbury
14 Newmarket and Red Lodge Andy Drummond
15 Row Heath Colin Noble
36 Blackbourn Joanna Spicer
37 Clare Roberta Bennett
38 Eastgate and Moreton Hall Peter Thompson
39 Harwick Richard Rout
40 Haverhill Cangle Joe Mason
Heike Sowa
41 Haverhill East and Kedington David Roach
42 Thingoe North Beccy Hopfensperger
43 Thingoe South Karen Soons
44 Tower Robert Everitt
David Nettleton


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.


  1. ^ Noble, Jason (27 December 2018). "New plans revealed for former County Hall in Ipswich". Ipswich Star. Retrieved 25 August 2020. 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.
  2. ^ "Suffolk County Council to outsource most services". BBC News. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  3. ^ Private Eye
  4. ^ "Council chief Andrea Hill quits Suffolk Council". BBC News. 6 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Chief Executive Officer". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Directorates". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Electoral Divisions – Key to Map" (PDF). Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Councillor's Locality Budget". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 4 March 2022.