Candidates for May 2019 district elections

These are some of our candidates who are standing in the Babergh local elections May 2019

27 candidates in the following wards AssingtonBranthamBrett Vale, Bures St Mary, Chadacre, East Bergholt, Ganges, Great CornardHadleigh NHadleigh S, LavenhamLong MelfordN.W CosfordOrwellS.E.Cosford, Sproughton & PinewoodStour, Sudbury N.E, Sudbury N.W, Sudbury S.E.Sudbury S.W

Please click on the links above to find your candidate.



Laura Smith

Laura Smith

I have lived in Newton Green with my son for over 12 years and work at a local primary school.

I have been a member of the Green Party for a number of years because it is the only political party that takes seriously the impending environmental catastrophe and intends to take positive steps to mitigate against it.

I believe that our District Council has become too far removed from the community it is meant to serve. I would like to help make Babergh a better place to live by putting the people and the environment first. 




Carrie Wheeler

I am a retired biologist and medical herbalist with a deep concern for environmental iCarrie Wheeler Branthamssues. In particular I am concerned about the effect of human activity upon climate change and the need for urgent action by government, at both local and national level, to reduce this.


I have lived on the Shotley peninsula for 32 years and my two adult children also live locally.


Brett Vale

Philippa Draper

Philippa Draper

I have lived for over 30 years at Old Hall, a community and an organic farm where we try to live as sustainably as possible. We produce much of our food - we are self sufficient in milk, yoghurt, cheese and meet and grown the majority fo our vegetables. We also try to use sustainable sources of energy - we have solar panels and a ground source heat pump

I worked as lawyer for 35 years - I am now retired. For 10 years I worked at Ipswich Borough Council where i advised on town and country planning matters and environmental health issues.  For 20 years I was member of the Government Legal Service. I worked at the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Law Commission and finally at the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs. I advised on all aspects of town and country planning, conservation covenants, compulsory purchase, the law of commons, and wildlife and habitats law.


 Bures St Mary

Miriam Burns

I've been living in Babergh for 14 years; I'm an Occupational Therapist specialising in mental health. miriam burns
I believe residents of Bures St Mary, Wissington and Nayland should have a voice prioritising the needs of local residents and their environment. My main concerns are to ensure that housing is affordable, air quality is monitored and protected, traffic is safe for residents and public transport links maintained.



Felix Reeeves Whymark

Felix Whymark






Luis Orna Diaz


My name is Luis Orna Diaz.  I come from Spain, but am currently living at Old Hall Community in East Bergholt.  I am luis ornaa qualified Occupational Therapist, and I have also studied drama and worked as an actor, doing theatre for children for many years in Spain, United Kingdom and South America. At the moment I am working at a nursing home in Colchester organizing activities for elderly people.


I truly support the Green Party aims; Freedom of movement, Environmental protection and Real democracy and I absolutely convinced that a change is needed if we want a better life for everyone.



East Bergholt

Sallie Davies


I have lived in East Bergholt for 18 years, I am married with two children who went to local state schools. I am an immisallie daviesgration lawyer in Ipswich, I run the village community cinema, I do pro bono work at the Suffolk Law Centre and am on the Village Hall Committee.


I believe the Green Party best represents the true needs of the people, and that community integration and environment should be at the heart of any decisions made by the local council.




Sharon Kennedy

sharon kennedyI have lived on the Peninsula since 1994 and raised my son here. My assistance dog is a minor celebrity and together we're often seen at local groups and events, even 'braving the shave' for cancer at one last year. I've always been passionate about nature, animals and people (I'm doing a degree in social science) and so I am proud to be seen as the Green candidate in a place where I love the people and the beautiful environment we live.



Great Cornard

Andy Liffen


My name is Andy Liffen. Despite being an import (my family moved here when I was two years old) I have lived and andy liffenworked in Great Cornard and Sudbury most of my life.I have two grown up children and one of pre-school age. This gives me a rather wide ranging perspective on the world that we currently live in and the legacy that we will leave our children. We all need to start making some serious changes about the way we treat our home before we destroy it completely for the generations to come




Toby Horkan


Dean Walton

Born in Sudbury, matured in Great Cornard. I left school to undertake a four year apprenticeship and have worked in tDean Waltonhe electricity distribution industry ever since. I’ve been an active volunteer locally taking part in litter picks and conservation work at various locations including Shawlands Wood and Great Cornard Country Park. I have previously served four years on Great Cornard Parish Council, Sudbury Town Council and Babergh District Council and through that have a far better understanding of local politics.


Hadleigh North

Peter Lynn

Peter Lynn I believe that Hadleigh North residents deserve a much better deal from Babergh district council, and indeed from politicians more generally. Green Party councillors are already making a positive difference in local communities across Suffolk, and Hadleigh deserves the same. I live in Hadleigh and my youngest son is at primary school in the town. If elected, I will listen to the concerns of all residents and will work hard to improve things locally.




Hadleigh South

Sophie Ship

Sophie Ship

I grew up predominantly in Suffolk within a multicultural Family. I obtained a BSc in Psychology and Criminology followed by an MSc in Adult and Mental Health Nursing and currently practice as an RGN/RMN. I have worked across all fields throughout my working life and settled on Nursing as this is where my passion lies. Currently, my efforts are distributed between Motherhood and Nursing. I am an ambitious, bold and confident individual who strives to make a positive change to our planet economically, environmentally and politically.I was a finalist for Miss Earth 2017 and hope to compete again in the future. 

My mantra is "Live Green, Eat Clean, Train Mean". 


Amy Aylett




Karen Marshall


Long Melford

John Smith

John Smith

I have lived in N.Essex and Suffolk for 21 years. I have worked in electronic engineering and in science teacher training. I am also a qualified music teacher and composer, and play in music groups across East Anglia.

I am of the view that "business-as-usual” is not an option for local or national politics. Community survival, or at the very least, comfort may very well be in jeopardy if climate change management is left to deniers or heavy promoters of the growth ethic.

I am standing for election to Babergh District Council because I believe the community’s action should be in the interests of all, and not just business.

Our local district council needs prompting with your Green Party 'X'


Janet Smith


I have lived in Long Melford for 17 years, after retiring from work in local government. Locally I'm in severalJanet Smith environment groups and enjoy getting stuck into volunteer gardening around the Sudbury area.


Politically, especially as we now find ourselves in climate change urgency, I find the Green Party my natural home, full of ideas for local and national projects that are practical, fair and enhance our natural environment. I am not happy with Babergh District Council's performance on our behalf, so this is one chance to change things.


North West Cosford

Robert Lindsay


Robert LindsayRobert has lived in this area, in Bildeston, for the past nine years with his wife and two boys.

Robert is already the Green county councillor for the area and will continue to be so.

He has been a Babergh district councillor and a Bildeston parish councillor before. He also ran a small business consultancy and was a financial journalist with The Times

He said: “I enjoy being your county councillor. I am standing to be your district councillor as well  because people here need an independent, effective voice on that council too.”




Jane Gould


Jane has lived on the Shotley peninsula for 42 years, the past 35 of them in WoolverstoneJane Gould where she has raised a family and now earns a living running a B&B and organising and coaching community choirs and other music groups. 

As Chair of Governors at Holbrook Academy when it was put into special measures, she played a key role in overseeing the appointment of a new headteacher and successfully bringing the school out of special measures. Her professional background was as a youth offending practitioner, visiting prisons all over the country to interview young offenders before they were sentenced.  She is warden for Woolverstone church.

Jane said: “Our village communities in this beautiful part of Suffolk are wonderful. I am standing because I feel they need someone to stand up for them. Development, often inappropriate, is threatened in many of them and Babergh council seems either unable or unwilling to do anything about it.”


 South East Cosford

Leigh Jamieson

Leigh Jameson

Leigh is an IT engineer at BT where he has worked since leaving school. He moved to this part of Suffolk with his wife Caroline when BT offered him a new role at their Ipswich base, then later transferred to BT’s groundbreaking research centre at Martlesham where he is responsible for the day to day running of its computer halls.  At home Leigh is the sound and lighting man for Bildeston’s am dram society and a key fundraiser the annual village music festival.  He and Caroline’s riding days are on hold because their beloved German warmblood mare Paris – stabled in Elmsett - is now too old.  Leigh said: “Having grown up in a city, village life means a lot to me. I’m standing to be a councillor because I care about the villages in this area and it seems to me the current Conservative administration does not.”


Sproughton & Pinewood

Ric Hardacre



Lyndon Ship


Hi, my name is Lyndon Ship and I am running for the Green Party because their polLyndon Shipicies resemble my views most closely. By making the better provisions for Environmental sustainability, Animal rights and Social justice than anyone else, the Green Party have got my vote in every election and compelled me to stand as a candidate in 2015 and again this year. I am 24 years old and am currently studying a PhD, following completion of my Masters Degree in Sustainable Building Design and Engineering where I completed a dissertation entitled "How the Green Party housing strategy can be achieved.



Sudbury North East


Theresa Munson


Sudbury North West

John Burch

John Burch






Michael Chapman


Sudbury South East

Heather James



 Sudbury SW

Julie Fowles-Smith


I've lived in the Sudbury area for 6 years bringing up my two daughters; I've beenJulie Fowles Smith a member of the Green Party on and off since I could first vote. I've been involved with various local campaigns here and in the West Country including preventing the expansion of Hinckley Point Nuclear Power Station and more recently here against the Sudbury bypass and Climate Change.
I'm standing for election in 2019 because the Greens are the only party that represents real change in these politically charged times and genuinely want to protect the local and global environment now.