The new Mayor of Ipswich is Councillor and lawyer Jane Riley (2018-2019)
“I am Ipswich born and bred and attended Northgate Grammar School for Girls. Both my parents were teachers at Morland Road Primary School.
“After I left school I went to Hull University and the College of Law in Chester before returning to Ipswich to work at Kerseys Solicitors, qualifying as a solicitor in 1988. I have been an Ipswich Borough Councillor for four years.
“My connections with education continued with a role on the PTA at Clifford Road School before I became a parent governor, helping to set up their CRASH after-school club. Then, as my children moved on to high school, I became a governor at Copleston.
“I am one of the founding trustees of Ipswich Film Theatre Trust, which was established in 2009 to run the two-screen cinema in the Corn Exchange. I’m also a trustee of the Northgate Foundation education charity and the newly-formed Suffolk Archives Foundation which supports The Hold, the planned new records office in Ipswich.”
The Mayor added: “I am very proud to have my husband Adam as my Consort. I met Adam at university. We have three children, now grown up and living In London, Sheffield and Bristol.
The Mayor’s official charity during her year of office is the newly founded Suffolk Law Centre and the theme of her Mayoral Year is “Making A Difference”.
The Suffolk Law Centre (which aims to take on Legal Aid casework) will help to empower the people of Ipswich and Suffolk to understand and assert their legal rights. This charity will provide free, confidential, legal services on a range of issues, allowing people equal access to justice, to understand their legal rights, obligations and protections, and to challenge disadvantage and inequality.
The Mayor added: “Being asked to be Mayor has made me feel very proud and humble. I love this town and I will do my best to represent all of the people of Ipswich.
So, what does she do in her spare time? “When I have any, you are likely to find me on my allotment!”