Chair & Safeguarding Lead
Chris is married with two grown up daughters and has recently moved to IP3. Through her previous professional and community work, Chris is aware of the value of how groups like the IP3 Good Neighbour Scheme can provide guidance and support to communities and be a point of contact for residents as well as being a safe place to meet and speak to others. She is retired and spent her working life as a PA, most recently at a secondary school and has a particular interest in Safeguarding with many years of experience in this area, which has included obtaining DBS checks both in her school role and more latterly for Girlguiding where she also provided financial and administrative help to several Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units. Her interests are reading, researching her family history, quizzes, craft, gardening and last, but definitely not least, spending time with family and her dog.
Vice Chair & Treasurer
Paul is married to Mary with a teenage daughter. Paul works for the Charity "Tools with a Mission" as Supporter Development Officer. In his spare time he is a Governor of a local primary school, a member of St John Ambulance and also enjoys church activities, Genealogy and Reading. Paul was the instigator of the Good Neighbour scheme and hopes to see it doing great work in the South East area of Ipswich.
Julie is married with 2 children. She is a Children and Families Lay Minister at St Augustine's church which keeps her busy during the week. Originally brought to Ipswich by BT, she has now lived in the Priory Heath area for some 25 years. She is passionate about serving the community and making it a better place to live, working together to achieve great things. With her family, Julie enjoys camping and has just upgraded from a tent to a motor home.
Befriending and Links Coordinator
Born in Dunstable, Mary moved to Ipswich in 2002 when she met Paul and they have now been married for 16 years with a 13-year-old daughter. Mary's career has been in childcare, initially as a nursery nurse and latterly as a Teaching Assistant. She is very involved in her church and particularly in Social Justice projects. She is always very generous with her time and loves helping people and is keen to get really stuck into the Good Neighbour Scheme. Mary will be responsible for coordinating Befriending to combat isolation and Linking with other organisations. Her experience and qualifications make her an ideal person to be our Befriending and Links Coordinator.
Dawn moved to Ipswich as a small child and has lived in the IP3 area for over 20 years. By career, Dawn is an HR Professional although will shortly be taking a career break. She loves volunteering and has been very involved with St Elizabeth Hospice. Having seen the community pull together during Covid-19, she is keen to see a support network remaining in place. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys gardening, wildlife and Pyrography (burning pictures into wood for the uninitiated).
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Committee Member, Councillor Link & Deputy Chair
Liz brings to the committee a considerable amount of professional experience and valuable links with a number of organisations. She has been Councillor for Holywells Ward since 2002 and had a spell as Leader of Ipswich borough Council. She is patron of the Charity Talitha Koum and has a number of other trusteeships and leadership positions in local organisations including several within the IP3 area. With her council role she has helped support many families and dealt with domestic and financial situations for residents. She also carries out casework for Ipswich MP Tom Hunt. As a member of the Good Neighbour Scheme committee, Liz will bring expertise, time and invaluable links.
Ben has lived in IP3 all of his life. He left Suffolk New College and went straight into working in the Entertainment industry at the New Wolsey Theatre. He now works mainly at the Ipswich Corn Exchange and Film Theatre as a Full Time Technician and helps with his Local Scout Group when he can. Ben's always been interested in computing and all things technical but also enjoys reading, cycling and pottery when he can.