Candidate for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
I have lived in the parliamentary constituency for 16 years, the last 3 of them in Offton village near Ipswich. I am a teacher of geography working at a local secondary school and a trained ecologist with specialisation in coastal ecosystems. My work at New Zealand’s Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research contributed to our understanding of how our land-based activities have impacted biodiversity and long-term functioning of coastal ecosystems. As the parliamentary candidate I would put the environment and education at the heart of my campaign.
I joined the Green Party in 2017 and will be standing for Parliament for the first time. In 2019 I was elected to Mid Suffolk District Council, holding the ward of Battisford and Ringshall from the conservatives. Mid Suffolk now has the highest proportion of Green Party councillors of any district council in the country. As a District Councillor I have opposed unsustainable developments in my local area and promoted schemes to improve the sustainability of community infrastructure and assets.
Locally, I have joined the campaigns against the Ipswich Northern Route, and the inaction of national and local government to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises. My other interests include the ecology of rewilding, planning policy and sustainable housebuilding.