The new Mayor of Ipswich is Councillor Elizabeth Hughes (2021 - 2022).
"I feel exceptionally humbled to be asked to be the next Mayor of Ipswich, a great honour for which I thank all councillors and a challenge to which I hope to meet with the help and support of the people of Ipswich.
"I am a recent import to Ipswich, having moved here in 2017 with my late husband, David, and I can truthfully say that it was one of the best decisions we ever made.
"Ipswich is a great place, with a lot to offer to the people who live here and to anyone who visits the town. I love living here. The waterfront and waterways are very special; the history behind some of the wonderful medieval and Victorian buildings that surround us is immensely important and Ipswich people have made this a pioneer town in so many ways. Ipswich has always had an important role in commerce, learning and in Suffolk civic life and I am proud to now be part of that tradition."
The Mayor added: "I was born in Fulham and I am a member of an extended Irish and English family, the latter scattered throughout North Essex. I studied English & History at Manchester Polytechnic in the 1980s and I have had an interesting career, working in the voluntary sector, in hospitality, in McDonalds (!) and, most rewardingly, for a multinational consumer goods company in Quality Assurance. I work with people from all over the world and have had the privilege and the professional opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe."
The Mayor's official charity during her year of office is the Creative Computing Charitable Foundation (CCCF). Since 2012, the CCCF has worked with several thousand young people across Ipswich and Suffolk, helping them to engage in worthwhile and inspiring technology-based activities. Through its informal and non-competitive environment, it has allowed young people to gain confidence and qualifications in areas that interest them the most while being relevant to today's tech sector needs.They teach in schools and at their HQ in London Road, reaching some of the most vulnerable children from the lowest income families in Suffolk.
During the pandemic, the Creative Computing Club, in partnership with Suffolk County Council, launched the IT Kit for Kids campaign to provide schoolchildren in Suffolk with the kit they need to enable them to continue their education while learning from home.
The Mayor added: "My theme this year is 'Joy, Hope and Happiness'. We have all had a very difficult year and we have all experienced loss - of family, of friends, people in our communities and our usual way of life. I sincerely believe that if we continue to work together and to help each other at home, at school, in the workplace and business to business, this coming year will bring hope and reward our resilience."