County Councillor Mary Evans

District Councillor for Whepstead & Wickhambrook

Mary was elected on 2nd May 2019 to represent Whepstead and Wickhambrook

Association President

Suffolk born and bred, Mary trained as a journalist on the East Anglian Daily Times before she became a political correspondent at Westminster. She returned home to Suffolk in 2004 and soon became involved in her local community leading the campaign to save and upgrade the village hall. 

County Councilor for Clare & Deputy Leader of Suffolk County Council

Mary was re-elected to Suffolk County County Council to represent the Clare division in 2017. She served for two years as Assistant Cabinet Member of Highways, Transport,  Flooding and Planning, chairing a Committee that established the guidelines for 20 mph zones and for changing speed limits across the county. In 2015 she was appointed Chairman of the Council's Scrutiny Committee. In 2018 she was elected Deputy Leader of Suffolk County Council.

We asked Mary some personal questions and this is what she said,

  • If you could witness any event, what would it be? The first meeting of Theresa May and Angela Merkel with Donald Trump. I have high expectations that these two exceptional women will keep him firmly in his place and he won't even realise what's happening.
  • If you could have an experience of your choice, what would it be? Walking the Great Wall of China
  • Favourite fictional character? Dorrigo Evans, Australian surgeon and soldier from Richard Flanagan's haunting The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Not sure I'll ever summon up the courage to read this extraordinary book again but I will always remember its hero.
  • What is something you are really bad at? Whistling
  • If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Healing
  • What is your favourite country? Britain
  • If you were a Star Wars character, which one would you be? Princess Leia, as long as I could get rid of the curled up plaits.
  • What do you want people to know about you? What you see is what you get: I am straightforward and uncomplicated
  • How would you like to be remembered? With a smile
  • What’s your favorite TV show? A tie between Great British Bake Off and Happy Valley.
  • Who would you choose to play you in a film of your life? Meryl Streep
  • What’s your favourite quote? "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." My Scots heritage and upbringing runs very deep so it is impossible to do this without a nod to Robert The Bruce, 1314, Bannockburn and all that.
  • Famous person living or dead you’d like to meet? Charles Dickens 
  • What is your favourite biscuit? Oatcakes
  • What is your favourite food? Breakfast. 
  • If you could hang one painting in your living room, what would it be? A Suffolk Child,  it's a very small water colour sketch by John Constable of a young girl. It's in the V&A and not always on display...I would love to repatriate it to Suffolk.
  • What song would be the soundtrack to your life? The Proclaimers 500 Miles

Mary joined the Executive of West Suffolk Conservative Association as a County Council representative in 2013 and was elected Chairman in 2014.



See Also

Lance Stanbury

Lance is the Chairman of West Suffolk Conservatives. A lifelong Conservative he has been Leader of a local authority a parliamentary candidate, an election agent and district council cabinet member.
He is also election agent for the Association.

Ruth Bowman JP

Ruth was elected as an Officer of the Association four years ago. Ruth brings invaluable insight into managing a voluntary political organisation. She has worked as an HR Professional for many years and has only recently embarked on a number of new avenues, including becoming a Justice of the Peace.

Susan Glossop

Susan is the Conservative Member for Risby Ward on West Suffolk Council and Deputy Chairman (Finance and Membership) for West Suffolk Conservative Association

Jane Busuttil

Honorary Treasurer, Parish Councillor and Branch Chairman

Jane was elected as Honorary Treasurer of the West Suffolk Conservative Association at the AGM in March 2018. Jane also services as a councillor on Mildenhall Parish Council and a Chairman of Mildenhall and District Branch.

Councillor Carol Bull

Carol is the Conservative District Councillor for Barningham Ward in the West Suffolk Council.
She is also an Officer of West Suffolk Conservative Association and sits on the Development Control and Performance and Audit Committees of St. Edmundsbury Borough Council. Married with two children, she was born in Cheshire, educated in Surrey and has lived in Suffolk villages for over 40 years, the last seven in Hopton

Dave Ray

Association Officer
Dave has lived in Bardwell since 2002 when he left the Royal Air Force. He has served as a Borough Councillor in St Edmundsbury, winning a national award for Financial Management. He served in the Council Cabinet from 2007 to 2015.

Terry Wood

Association Officer
Terry has been a lifelong supporter of the Conservative Party.  He is self employed as a compliance auditor, mainly in the construction industry and his work takes him all over the country.

County Councillor Colin Noble

Colin is Conseravtive County Councillor on Suffolk County Councillor for Row Heath
Colin lives in Lakenheath with his partner Lisa and has been a Councillor since 2006, firstly on Suffolk County Council and since 2011 on Forest Heath District Council as well.

Councillor Louis Busuttil

Louis Busuttil is a Suffolk County Councillor for Mildenhall Division. 

Louis lives and works in the heart of Mildenhall, having moved there almost five years ago to run his own consultancy practice with his wife Jane.

Councillor Andy Drummond

Andy is the Distirct Councillor for Newmarket West ward and Cabinet Member for Planning on West Suffolk Council. He is chairman of Newmarket Conservatives, Deputy Chairman (Political) of West Suffolk Conservative Association and a Newmarket Town Councillor