I moved from Diss to Kenninghall in 1997 when my son was 18 months old and I am East Anglian born and bred. My family are all local.
When my son was small I was the treasurer of the Kenninghall Playschool and later became the editor of the Kenninghall News for several years, which I loved. My background was initially marketing and print publishing, but I now work for the NHS.
It was Steve Gordon who first asked me to consider putting myself forward for the KPC; and I joined in November 2016. I look after the village website and write the KPC update for the Kenninghall News. I am also currently involved with some of the fundraising ideas.
I was pleased to join the KPC because I felt Banham Road was not really represented at the time: the KPC at that time were looking for a wider spread of villagers on the council (and possible a higher female representation!). I think a parish council should listen to, and represent, all members of the community, and that’s what I hope we do. As we’ve developed as a council I do feel we have a good mix of people with different interests and knowledge and I have learned quite a lot being a councillor. It is also really inspiring to see members of the public join our meetings and get involved.
I feel a councillor needs to put their own opinions aside and represent and support the views of the villagers. I think community is important and everyone should have a voice. It would be lovely to see some of the younger members of the village come along to our meetings – they are open to everyone and it can be more fun than you think!