The Mayor of Ipswich is Sarah Barber 2016 - 2018
Councillor Barber was born in 1972 into a military family – her father Dennis served in the Grenadier Guards.
She and her father, mother Linda and brother Mark moved around the world before settling in Milton Keynes and studying health and social care at Anglia Ruskin University.
After graduating and a job at John Lewis she trained to become a nurse and began work at Ipswich Hospital in 2001.
“My mum has always said that I wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl and I am glad I have been able to spend my nursing career caring for the people of Ipswich.
“I met my husband, Luke, while I was at university and we married at St John the Baptist Church in Cauldwell Hall Road on 23rd April (in case he forgets!) 2004.”
Luke, who is an Ipswich boy through and through, will be the Mayor’s Consort.
Councillor Barber said: “We are both looking forward to serving and representing Ipswich and our family is very proud to see us fulfill these roles, as civic service is an important aspect of life.”
Spare time? “Walking holidays and swimming and I have completed three marathons.”
She added: “The desire that I had to become a nurse, to care and help people, is the same desire that made me want to become a Borough Councillor and now Mayor.”
The Mayor’s official charities are Lighthouse Women’s Aid, the Ipswich Hospital Charity and FIND (Families in Need Ipswich).