East Suffolk Partnership Board members

The ESP membership includes representation from public sector organisations which serve the area, community organisations and local people, voluntary organisations and local businesses.

Board member profiles

Tonya Antonis (Suffolk Constabulary)
Tonya joined Suffolk Constabulary in 1996, she started her service in the East based at Leiston.  Tonya has worked predominantly in Detective Safeguarding roles including Child Abuse Investigation and managing Serious Sex Offences, this has involved strong partnership working throughout her service.

She has been involved in many major investigations across the county and was involved in setting up the Cyber Crime unit in Halesworth.  Tonya is passionate about supporting vulnerable people in our community and is delighted to be the Eastern Area Commander, a role she feels very privileged to hold.
Stephen Ardley (Waveney District Council)

Information coming soon.
Mark Bee (Waveney District Council)

Mark has been a member of Waveney District Council since 1998 and first became its Leader in 2004, before taking up the leadership role at Suffolk County Council in 2011.

In conjunction with Ray Herring, Mark was responsible for initiating the first local authority shared arrangement in Suffolk in 2008 and since that time the partnership between the two councils has continued to flourish and now has an almost fully integrated workforce and a significant number of aligned policies and strategies. Mark was re-elected Leader of Waveney in May 2017 and currently represents the Council on such outside bodies as the A47 Alliance, the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Board and the Waveney Business Forum.
He is also a member of the Local Government Association, the Suffolk Police and Crime Panel and the District Councils’ Network.

Mark was ‘born and bred’ in Suffolk and lives in Beccles.  He is passionate about the value of working in partnership with others.
Chris Betson (East Suffolk Business Associations)
A former engineer and RAF navigator, Chris moved from Kent to Suffolk in the early 80s and for the last 30 years has been involved with small businesses in a variety of roles. He has worked with the Princes Trust, Livewire and Young Enterprise, established a private sector Jobclub in Felixstowe, 2 enterprise centres (Ipswich and Cambridge) and a Business Growth Scheme in south Norfolk.

He was chair of the Institute of Business Advisers (IBA) and led discussions with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) that resulted in the merger of IBA with CMI and the establishment of the Institute of Business Consulting.

As general manager of Historic Flying, the world's leading restorer of Spitfire aircraft, he was
responsible for restructuring the business and establishing it on a sound commercial basis. He left HFL in 2001 to rejoin Ipswich ITeC Services, an e-learning provider, and was responsible for establishing the company as the preferred training partner for local businesses.

Locally, Chris has chaired the Leiston Gala Committee for a number of years, and was a founding member of the Friends of Leiston Airfield while commanding officer of 1379 (Leiston) Squadron Air Cadets.
Nathan Bowkett (East Suffolk Youth Priority Action Group)

Information coming soon.
Andrew Cassy (East Suffolk Greenprint Forum)
Andrew is Chair of the East Suffolk Greenprint Forum forum, Sustainability Champion and award winning Travel Plan Manager for BT Adastral Park, and founding member of the Boyton Community Group.

Since adopting Suffolk as his new home Andrew wants to lead the way communities, especially those in rural areas, can become more resilient and socially engaged whilst protecting their environment and reducing our impact on climate change.

Andrew believes that east Suffolk has its own particular challenges and opportunities to develop a truly sustainable future for those who live and visit the area if we can develop the right vision and aspiration to make that transformation.
T-J Haworth-Culf (Suffolk Coastal District Council)

T-J was elected to represent Aldeburgh on Suffolk Coastal District Council in May 2011 and is now Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure.

She is also a member of the Council’s Sizewell C Task Group and Enabling Communities Task Group. In addition to the ESP, T-J also represents the Council on the Community Sports Alliance and the Places for People / Suffolk Coastal Partnership Board.

T-J is heavily involved in her local community and is a school governor at Aldeburgh Primary School and a trustee of Aldeburgh Community Centre.
Philip Hayes (Suffolk Association of Local Councils)
Philip is deputy chairman of the Suffolk Association of Local Councils. Philip worked for 35 years in the commercial sector in a supervisory and managerial role, both in the UK and overseas with both large and small organisations.

He worked in the voluntary and community sector for a further 12 years, with his last role being responsible for an SRB project 'Lowestoft into Work', which ceased in 2006.

Philip is currently Vice-Chairman of Governors for The Ashley Academy School Trust, Chairman of Property Services at CAS Limited and Chairman of Wangford with Henham Parish Council.
Olivia Heeley (East Suffolk Youth Priority Action Group)

Olivia is a committed member of the East Suffolk Youth Priority Action Group, and has been working on the Youth Holiday Activities Fund project, funded by the East Suffolk Partnership, allocating £50,000 to holiday activities in East Suffolk.

She is committed to work within the community; recently being awarded the Sylvia Manly Trust Award for work within the Farlingaye area.

Olivia has been an ambassador for the National Citizen Service in Suffolk and has embarked on the program herself. After finishing her GCSEs at Farlingaye High school in Woodbridge, Olivia is now beginning her A-Level studies in the Sixth Form.
Ray Herring - Chairman (Suffolk Coastal District Council)
Ray has been a member of Suffolk Coastal District Council since 1987 and Leader of the Council since 1999. He is a member of the Local Government Association General Assembly, East of England Local Government Association Leaders’ Board and District Councils’ Network.

He has overseen modernisation of the district council and has championed the range of partnership working that has been instrumental in the Council achieving significant financial efficiencies since 2001 while delivering better performing services to the community and record satisfaction levels.

He has also helped initiate the closer working relationship with Waveney District Council which
has seen the two councils share a senior management team and integrate a number of services with the aim of closer working in the future. Ray is a local businessman and farmer whose family has lived and worked in the area for generations.
Stephen Javes - Vice Chairman (Orwell Housing)

Stephen Javes MBA, BSc (Hons), DMS, FCIH, MIEH is Chief Executive of Orwell Housing Association, which he joined in 1991.

Since his arrival the Association has trebled its housing stock and now owns over 3,500 dwellings for people in housing need, including specialist accommodation for older persons and those with learning difficulties, hostels and domestic abuse refuges. The Association has also diversified into the provision of direct care.

Stephen is a Suffolk Strategic Housing Partnership board member and is Chairman of the Board for Eastern Procurement Limited. He also lectures on management techniques and leadership at the Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford.
Michael Ladd (Suffolk County Council)

Michael is a Human Resources professional with more than 25 years experience within the private sector. He was elected to represent Southwold and Reydon on Waveney District Council in May 2011 and is now a member of the cabinet. He was elected as the Suffolk County Councillor for Kessingland and Southwold in May 2013.

After 15 years as Head of HR at Adnams, in July 2012 Michael moved to a part time role to become Health, Safety and Wellbeing advisor.

In his spare time Michael is heavily involved in the local community and has been a member of Southwold Town Council for 23 years – being elected as Town Mayor on four separate occasions. 
He is also Chairman of the Southwold Millennium Foundation, which built a new Community Hall in the Town.
Robin Millar (Suffolk County Council)
Robin is Cabinet Member for Families & Communities at Suffolk County Council and Deputy Leader of Forest Heath District Council.

He trained as an engineer and worked internationally before working with public sector leaders to help people transform their lives and communities. He has previously supported policy development work for the Conservative Party before the 2010 General Election, carried out a review of public sector working in a London Borough after the 2011 riots and published reports on addressing health inequalities in Manchester ahead of DevoManc.

At home in Newmarket he has set up a local Community Interest Company and an assisted
reading programme that is now working with children in three Suffolk towns. Robin is married to Bonny and in his spare time competes in triathlons.
Sadie Parker (NHS Great Yarmouth and Wavaeny Clinical Commissionsing Group)
Sadie has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to primary care, having previously been the head of primary care at Suffolk Primary Care Trust before moving into the role of Head of Operations at NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG.

Prior to becoming Director of Primary Care at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group Sadie spent the past four years playing a crucial role at NHS Southend CCG as Associate Director of Primary Care and Engagement, developing a locality approach with local primary care services to work in a more integrated way across the whole borough and achieving support from Southend practices to move to fully delegated co-commissioning.
Pete Richardson (Community Action Suffolk)
Pete joined Community Action Suffolk in August 2016 after having spent four years as UK Director for Carers Trust, a charity providing infrastructure services for a network of 160 care services charities.

Originally from Liverpool, with an MBA from Leeds University Business School, Pete has lived in Suffolk for nearly 30 years.

Having a close family member with disabilities, he has experienced first hand the value of the local voluntary sector and is a passionate and committed supporter of local communities.
Ray Wang (East Suffolk Youth Priority Action Group)
As a member of ESYPAG, Ray helps to bring a youth perspective to ESP discussions and is jointly responsible for the development of the £50000, ESP funded Youth Holiday Activities Fund for East Suffolk, which empowers local young people to commission extra-curricular activities for their peers across East Suffolk.

Ray was Chair of Waveney Youth Council, and worked to promote district-wide youth social action and youth engagement in partnership with public and voluntary sectors, including the development of the award-winning Transition Ambassadors Project which improves the experience of primary to secondary and secondary to FE transition for local students.
Roger Wright (Snape Maltings)
Roger Wright CBE has been Chief Executive of Snape Maltings since 2014. Prior to this he was Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of BBC Proms for 17 and 7 years respectively.  Roger is recognised as one of the UK’s most experienced cultural leaders both nationally and internationally.

Educated at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and then at Royal Holloway College, Roger began his professional life in 1978 at the British Music Information Centre (BMIC), and also working as a freelance writer and broadcaster. He was appointed Senior Producer at the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1986 before he became Artistic Administrator of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1989. 
Three years later, Roger moved to Hamburg to take the post of Vice President, Artists and Repertoire, at Deutsche Grammophon.

Roger was awarded a CBE in 2015 for services to music. He has been given honorary degrees by Royal Holloway, the University of East Anglia, the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music and is a Fellow of the Radio Academy.

Roger was appointed to the Board of the Royal Opera House in September 2017.

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