The new Mayor of Ipswich is Borough Councillor and lawyer Jane Riley.
Councillor Riley began her year of office at the Annual Council meeting in the Corn Exchange last night (Wednesday).
She told the meeting: “Being asked to be Mayor has made me feel very proud and humble. I love this town and I will do my best to represent all of the people of Ipswich.”
The new Mayor is “Ipswich born and bred” and went to Northgate Grammar School for Girls. Both her parents were teachers at Morland Road Primary School.
After attending Hull University and the College of Law in Chester she returned to Ipswich to work at Kerseys Solicitors, qualifying as a solicitor in 1988. She has been an Ipswich Borough Councillor for four years and is a founding trustee of Ipswich Film Theatre Trust, which was established in 2009 to run the two-screen cinema in the Corn Exchange.
The Mayor said: “I shall be very proud to have my husband, Adam, as my Consort. I met Adam at university. We have three children, now grown up and living In London, Sheffield and Bristol.
“My chosen charity during my year in office is the newly founded Suffolk Law Centre and the theme of my Mayoral Year is ‘Making A Difference’.”
Outgoing Mayor Sarah Barber, who now serves as Deputy Mayor, thanked the people of Ipswich for supporting her during an “amazing year”.
“I have had some incredibly varied experiences and Luke, my husband and Consort, have particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to invite different groups to the Mayor’s Parlour.
“Last year, during my acceptance speech, I spoke about the example that my father’s military service gave me for the importance and traditions of civic service. During my year as Mayor I have had a different example of civic service given to me by the people of Ipswich, in the many voluntary organisations that work hard to make the lives of their neighbours better and improve their communities.”