The new Mayor of Ipswich is Councillor Jan Parry (2019-2020)
"I lived in Ipswich from my early years when I attended Springfield Junior School and Northgate Grammar School for Girls. I was a member of the Girls Brigade based at Bramford Road Methodist Church and I have very good memories of attending the different youth clubs and churches across the town.
I also enjoyed going to the Folk Club, the Ipswich Poetry Society, the Arts Theatre, the Trianon concerts (free in return for working as an usher), and the lectures and activities at Ipswich Museum. My other favourite places were the lending and reference libraries in Northgate Street, Orwell Books, the coffee bar at the new film theatre and Marno’s in St Nicholas Street, as well as the local pubs. I had a very rich social and cultural life growing up in Ipswich. I also had a range of Saturday and holiday jobs including at the Stoke Park Bakery, the Harris Factory and The Great White Horse Hotel where the early morning chef let me revise in a cupboard during lulls.
I studied Archaeology and Anthropology at New Hall, Cambridge before retraining to become a lawyer in my late 20s and I returned to work in Ipswich from 2000 when I joined the Iocal law firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite. During this time I served as President of the Ipswich Medico-Legal Society and as a Trustee of Headway Ipswich.
I shall be particularly happy to have my husband Nick as consort during my year as Mayor as he also grew up in Ipswich. I first met Nick when he was at Northgate Grammar School for Boys and in the choir at St Margaret’s Church where I was a regular attender. Although we went our separate ways after school we later married and are the proud parents of four children – and we have very recently welcomed a grandson.
This year I have chosen as my theme “The Young are our Future”. I am passionate about supporting young people growing up in Ipswich and that is why I have chosen to raise funds for two local groups, WASSUP and We Are Patrick, which focus on and directly link with many young people across Ipswich. Both of these projects are supported by the charity Volunteering Matters.
Being asked to be Mayor is a great and unexpected honour and I feel extremely humbled and privileged. My mum Gillian Auton was a Councillor and became Mayor of Ipswich in 1986-1987, and I grew up with a strong sense of community and public service both of which have remained an important part of my life. I am very much looking forward to meeting and representing the people of Ipswich during the coming mayoral year.”