Colin Poole

Represents:Haverhill Town Council

About: Colin is the Haverhill Town Clerk, based at the Arts Centre. As Town Clerk he is the principal officer of the Town Council advising elected members on legal, financial and procedural matters. Before working in Haverhill he was at Exmouth Town Council in Devon where he built partnerships involving community groups, businesses and other local authorities. His background is in community leadership, as a Parish Councillor for 10 years and as Chief Executive of a large voluntary sector organisation. Before moving to Suffolk 20 years ago, Colin worked at Watford CVS assisting start-up voluntary and charity groups and delivering training in charity management for the Directory of Social Change. He has a post-graduate diploma in voluntary sector management from the Cass Business School.

Colin says

"One Haverhill brings together the community to address issues with grassroots-driven solutions and the resources of principal councils behind them. It reverses the historical top-down approach with a pragmatism that offers outcomes that are both quicker and more in-tune with what is needed."

David Ruddy

Represents: West Suffolk College

About: David worked in the motor industry for over 35 years, starting as an apprentice mechanical engineer and then holding various other roles culminating in a number of senior executive positions.

Passionate about education he has worked in the Further Education sector for 10 years, where he currently works with a variety of stakeholders, partners and employers to plan, develop and provide the strategic overview for various College programmes.

These programmes provide outstanding education for students throughout the communities, which the College serves in order for them to become fulfilled and to play their part in being drivers of our region’s economy.

As the Executive Director of Adult and Community Learning and a member of the College Senior Team, he is directly responsible for Adult and Community Education including English, Maths, English for Speakers of other Languages as well as the National Citizen Service, Traineeships, Princes Trust and pre- engagement and employment programmes across Suffolk and south Norfolk.

West Suffolk College has offered Adult and Community Education learning in and around Haverhill since 1996. Responding to local demand the College has relocated its Learning Centre to a much larger facility at the old Parkway Middle School in Park Road where it is working in association with the Unity Schools Partnership.

Outside of College life, he is the Vice Chair of Trustees for Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, a Board Trustee for Gateway Qualifications and a Board member of Haverhill and District Chamber representing education and skills.

David says:

"My role on the board is to ensure that the people of Haverhill are aware of and have access to good quality and varied community, further and higher education. This will be achieved by working with other organisations and sharing resources to ensure the provision is appropriate and effective."

John Burns

Represents: Haverhill Town Council

John has lived in Haverhill since 1988. At a young age, he retired in 2013, having worked 38 years firstly as a navigating officer on ocean-going tankers before coming ashore working in the personnel and vessel operations arena.

Since 'retiring', he has spent a great deal of his time and energy trying to ensure the people of Haverhill have a representative voice in important matters - working hard lobbying the various councils to take notice. In 2015, he was elected to both Haverhill Town Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council and also spent a year as a Suffolk county councillor in 2016/7.  He has a strong social media presence and is often seen freely filming council meetings and local events for wide online circulation.

John says:

“The people of Haverhill are its most important asset. Supporting them via One Haverhill Partnership, and other key routes, is very close to my heart to not only ensure the town can grow and prosper but to bring much needed benefits back to the people. Anything we can do to promote the town, and ultimately its residents, must be at the forefront of all that we do.”

Lois Wreathall

Represents: West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Lois is Head of Practice Support at the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Every doctor working in west Suffolk is a member of the West Suffolk CCG, and Lois' role is to ensure that they are supported, with information, to help them contribute to decision making. Lois has worked in the NHS for thirteen years, during which time one of her roles was to contract manage the three GP practices in Haverhill.

Lois says:

"My role on the Board is to provide a conduit between the health providers in the town and ONE Haverhill, ensuring that their ideas and thoughts are reflected at meetings where appropriate, and keeping them informed of the progress ONE Haverhill makes."

ONE Haverhill Partnership board members

John Mayhew - Chair of ONE Haverhill Partnership Board

Represents: Haverhill Chamber of Commerce

John founded h.e.t. software in Haverhill in 1993 and, as Executive Chairman, grew it to a major software provider to the social care sector in the UK and Australia, with technical support offices and staff in Malaysia. He sold the business in 2012 to create a £10 million social care software company employing 100 staff, becoming one of four Executive Directors managing the global business in the UK, Australia and Malaysia, eventually leaving in January 2014. Since 2012, and as Chairman, he backed Fiscale - a start-up professional practice offering specialist Research and Development tax credit advice to businesses on a no-win-no fee basis. Clients have gained £7 million of corporation tax gains since February 2014.

John was a director of the Castle Partnership Academy Trust for three years and became vice-chair, providing advice on a review of governance and a wide range of commercial issues for the Trust. He is also currently a Director of the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, with special involvement in the campaign to dual the A1307 link road to Cambridge.

He has been a board member of ONE Haverhill Partnership since its formation in 2012 and was elected chairman in September 2016.

John says:

"I look forward to continuing the dynamic leadership of the previous chair, Sarah Howard, working with all Haverhill stakeholders to improve the quality of life for people who live, work and visit Haverhill.  As well as being Chairman, I plan to continue my specific involvement in the Task Group delivering outcomes from the Masterplan for the regeneration of Haverhill Town Centre."

Henry Wilson – Vice Chair of One Haverhill Partnership Board

Represents: REACH Community Projects

Other roles: Part of the leadership team of River of Life Community Church, Community Governor at Clements School and a member of the Children's Centre Advisory Board.

About: Henry is a native of Haverhill having grown up in town and attended Place Farm, Parkway and Castle Manor schools. He is probably best known for being a local photographer, first with the Haverhill Echo then as a freelancer. Henry officially 'retired' as a professional photographer in 2011 and now works full time as the Chief Executive for REACH Community Projects, a charitable organisation which seeks to help relieve poverty in and around Haverhill through projects such as Haverhill Foodbank, Furniture Bank, Christians Against Poverty and the Resource Centre. Henry is married to Angela and they have two grown up children.

Henry says:

"I really love the town of Haverhill; it's where I grew up and believe that Haverhill has a lot going for it. Too often, Haverhill is viewed in a poor light, and I wanted to be part of a forward thinking group of people who have a desire to see the town prosper and be the best that it can be."

Lizzie Cocker

Represents: St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Lizzi is a Family and Communities Officer for West Suffolk Council and locality officer for Haverhill. She has a specialism in Arts and Heritage and before working for Forest Heath District Council was a stage and production manager in London.

Inspector Daniel Cooper

Represents: Suffolk Police

Danny is Local Policing Commander for Haverhill and Sudbury. He has responsibility for the delivery of local, operational policing in Haverhill and the management of all police officers and staff based in the town.

David Roach

Represents: Town Mayor for Haverhill

David Roach has started a second term as Town Mayor for Haverhill after first joining the Town Council in 2013. He has also been a St Edmundsbury borough Councillor since 2015 and was elected onto Suffolk County Council in 2017. David moved to Haverhill in 1986 and spent 35 years working at Royal Mail across many parts of the organisation.

David says:

"Haverhill is a great place to live with a real sense of community. I have always been impressed with what ONE Haverhill Partnership is trying to achieve and it is great that so many different organisations are working together for the good of our town."

Ian Gallin

Represents: St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Ian Gallin is an experienced local government leader in both district and unitary authorities. He has a first Degree in Economic Development and Planning and an MSc in Policy Studies. He has developed and led successful transformation programmes based on his change management ethos of 'doing things differently', and 'getting the job done'. His approach focuses on the needs of communities and customers, not council processes. He represents the West Suffolk Leadership Team (shared St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath senior management) on the ONE Haverhill board.

Ian says:

"Haverhill residents are key partners in determining the public services they receive and how they are paid for. They are an integral part of ONE Haverhill and greatly help to release its potential to change the things that need changing."

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ONE Haverhill aims to provide a public forum for local people to express their views, remove barriers to groups and organisations working together in the town, and promote Haverhill as a good place to live and work. A public forum is held twice a year in the town to discuss key issues in Haverhill.

Members of the board include all three tiers of local government, the business sector, education, police, health, the voluntary sector, Havebury Housing, Abbeycroft Leisure and the faith community with one aim - improving the quality of life for people in Haverhill.

Dr Alaric Pugh

Represents: St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Other roles: Cabinet Member for Growth, Member Haverhill Area Working Party, Ward Member for Clare

Alaric is a local businessman and has chaired both business and community groups during thirty years of public service before becoming a local councillor. He has also been a school and a university governor locally and is part of the regional team of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Education, skills development, rural transport and community cohesion are all topics that concern him. He leads the Task Group working on the Haverhill Town Centre Masterplan.

Alaric says:

"I believe passionately in the successful economic future of Haverhill and its part in the future of West Suffolk."

Amy Morton

Represents: Community Action Suffolk

Amy moved to Haverhill in 2017 to join Community Action Suffolk as a Community Development Worker.
She supports the work of Haverhill South People's Forum, local residents working together to lead community development in Haverhill South using money from the Health Lottery.

‍‍‍She spends the other half of her time scanning children's brains as a Cognitive Neuroscientist at Cambridge University to try to find out how the environment that we experience shapes our brain development. She is passionate about building community, particularly around food, and spent her time as a student at Cambridge trying out new recipes and setting up a waste food cafe, a MakeLunch project and feeding a large community of young adults from her living room.

Lyn Davis

Represents: The Voluntary Sector

Lyn is Community Transport Manager for Haverhill and Haverhill Shopmobility.

Alison Blackwell

Represents: Abbeycroft Leisure

Alison has over 25 years of experience in the leisure industry and has worked with Abbeycroft Leisure since its conception as a charitable trust in 2005. Alison is the Operations and Development Director for Abbeycroft which manages Haverhill Leisure Centre in partnership with St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Alison says:

"I have a passion for how physical activity can have a positive impact in all aspects of our lives and see One Haverhill as a great way to help achieve this."

Michelina Partridge

Represents: Citizens Advice Suffolk West

Michelina works for the local Citizens Advice office in Haverhill.

She is the Financial Capability Coordinator for the St Edmundsbury area and spends her time visiting groups and locations throughout the local community offering training around money management and financial skills.

She is also an advice session supervisor at the Citizens Advice busy drop-in service.

Alex Till

Represents: MENTA

Born in Leicester, Alex Till initially worked with SMEs at the Port of Felixstowe developing the purchase and supplier chains within Europe.

Alex is passionate about the progression of young people and is a Visiting Fellow at UCS’s School of Business and continues to volunteer for the Princes Trust, a role he has undertaken for the past 17 years, representing Suffolk and Norfolk at the Princes Trust Regional Council.

Alex was appointed chief executive of MENTA, the Suffolk enterprise agency five years ago. In that time, his focus has been supporting existing, small businesses and providing inspiration and information for start-ups, championing SME growth and economic development.  As a team MENTA has been nationally recognised for its outstanding work and was the winner of the National Enterprise Network, ‘Enterprise Agency of the Year Award 2016’

Darren Woodward

Represents: Unity Schools Partnership

Darren is Director of Education (Primary) for the Unity Schools Partnership.

Previously, Darren was Headteacher for eight years at Kedington Primary School leading it to an Outstanding rating in October 2011 - then subsequently taking it through conversion to academy status in April 2013.

Darren is a Local Leader of Education and has supported a number of schools and headteachers in this capacity within Suffolk as well as acting as a mentor to headteacher. His entire career has been in Primary Education, working in three authorities and five schools.

Michael Attwood

Represents: Suffolk County Council

Michael is a Localities Officer responsible for the West Suffolk area. He has expertise in Corporate Strategy, Social Policy, Project Management, Change Management, External Funding and Transformation. He works closely with partners from across the private, public and voluntary sectors to make things happen.

Patrick Hanlon

Representing: Haverhill Town Council

Pat has lived in Haverhill for the last 41 years. He has been a councillor on Haverhill Town Council for the East Ward since 1998, but with a four-year gap, and Chair of the Planning Committee. He says it has been an honour to represent the people of Haverhill and for them to enjoy the council's free entertainment.

He founded the Haverhill Autism Support Group in 2009 and is also a Community Governor of the Churchill Special Free School and a committee member of Happy Faces Preschool.

Pat says:

"I fully support One Haverhill Partnership, I know it is going from strength to strength with the Task Groups scrutinising every project they and I are given. This will help all the people of Haverhill, particularly the NEET, Skills, Education and Training group that I'm presently working with."

Anita Jones

Represents: Havebury Housing

Anita is Director of Operations at Havebury Housing.

Anita has responsibility for leading Havebury’s customer facing operations and asset management and investment functions.

Anita is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Institute of Leadership and Management. She has 22 years of experience in property and housing-related fields and before joining Havebury, held a number of senior roles in Local Government. Anita has a Bachelors degree in History and a Masters Degree in Housing Practice.

Tony Brown

Represents: Haverhill Town Council

Paula Fox

Represents: St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Paula has been an active town and borough councillor since May 2015, sitting on several committees and enjoying doing the best that she can for Haverhill. She was elected as Suffolk County Councillor for Haverhill Cangle in May 2017.

Always keen to encourage people in lifelong learning and training, she obtained her degree with the Open University in 2012 and is studying for her Masters in History/Local History. In any spare time, she likes to sew or crochet.

Paula has been married to Quillon for nearly 30 years and they have three children. ‍




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Quillon Fox

Represents: Haverhill Town Council

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Represents: Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough councils

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