Trimley St Mary Councillors and Clerk

Debra Cooper (Parish Clerk) - Born and bred in Ipswich, although I won't say when! Joined H M Customs & Excise in 1982, straight from college. Worked in various departments within Customs, drugs teams, baggage benches etc. until promotion in 1990. Also got married in 1990 and went to work for the VAT Office in Ipswich. I stayed in VAT until 2000 when I left to have my daughter, Holly. Declined the invitation to return to work in the VAT Office and became parish clerk. Have lived in Felixstowe for 19 years. I am Chairperson of Maidstone Infants School PTA and I am a parent governor at the school.

Colin Jacobs - councillor since October 2007 - Married, originally from Plymouth and have lived in Trimley since 1982. Worked for BT at Anzani House and Martlesham until 1995 since when have been IT manager in various educational establishments around the county. Now retired. Our two boys attended Trimley St. Mary Primary School, moving onto Orwell High School but have since moved away in order to further their respective careers. My interests include music, walking, cycling and sailing. My involvement in the community covers all aspects of local government.

David Southgate (Chairman) - I was born in Debenham in 1948 and have lived in Suffolk all my life becoming a resident of the parish of Trimley St Mary in 1981. I have been married to Lesley for 32 years and we have two married sons and one grandson. Working mainly from home, I am a Sales Manager dealing with Industrial Fork Lift Trucks. Since living in Trimley I have been involved in many local activities, which have included managing two teams for Trimley Red Devils Football Club and serving on Stennetts Playing Field Committee. Lesley and I are both members of the RSPB and The Suffolk Wildlife Trust and have an interest in environmental issues. For relaxation I enjoy watching football and have been a lifelong supporter of Ipswich Town Football Club. I also enjoy walking, bird watching, reading, travel and theatre.

Bryan Frost - I have lived in Trimley St Mary since 1977 and am married with two grown up children and a grandchild. Having retired from my full time occupation, I now edit a technical accountancy publication and am a director of an accountants' compensation scheme. I have a keen interest in all areas of railway operation and history and currently chair the public transport committee of Felixstowe Travel Watch and the local branch of the Campaign for Better Transport. As Public Transport Representative for both the Trimley parishes and Felixstowe Town Council, I aim to assist in promoting and improving public transport in this area. As a regular cyclist, I would also like to see better provision for cyclists in this region. I am also a member of a patients' user group and a volunteer at Ipswich Hospital.

Clive Minnican (Vice-Chairman) - I live in Trimley, have been married for 40 years, have two children and 5 grandchildren. My hobbies include photography, gardening and taking our dog for long walks in the beautiful local countryside. Having been a successful headteacher in 2 schools, I then moved on to the Eastern Leadership Centre in Cambridge, where I developed and delivered leadership training programmes in the UK around the world, including two long term programmes in China and working in Cairo at the time of the revolution. I have a real concern for helping the underprivileged; this comes from my Christian faith. At various times I have volunteered at the Ipswich soup kitchen, at the Ipswich night shelter and led support for a homeless hostel. As a councillor I will do my best to ensure that decisions are made for the benefit of the local community.

Tristan Gale – I Moved to Trimley St Mary in May 2015 and joined the Parish Council in 2018. I have been married for 13 years with 2 young children and originally from Cornwall. After spending a long and fulfilling career of 23 years in the British Army, mainly based at Wattisham, I retired and set up a property maintenance company in the local area. With having 2 young children in the community, I am keen to support the future generations of the parish and regularly volunteer time to help at the Felixstowe Waves Swimming Club along with all the other clubs that having youngsters involves. Keeping the Parish the best place to live, and all of us living in a wonderful community to be proud of is my mission.

Katie O'Rourke


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