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Your Parish Councillors

Hawstead Parish Council  comprises 7 councillors. 

The Clerk is Mrs. Catherine Hibbert. Please use the contact form to contact any of them via Catherine. Your request will be forwarded to the respective person.

Hawstead Parish Council set out their objectives in a document which you can read here.

You can see a list of Parish Councillors interests here

Ros Alexander

Ros Alexander

Ros Alexander, Chair of the Parish Council, has lived in the village for nearly 40 years and has served on the Parish Council or Community Council for most of that time. After a career spent teaching in universities and undertaking research, writing books, and advising theatre companies on renaissance drama, poetry, and music, she is now a school governor for two schools in Bury: King Edward VI; and Guildhall Feoffment Community Primary. She is a trustee of Hawstead Community Council, and Chair of the River Lark Catchment Partnership.

Special Responsibilities - Ros is the Chairman of Hawstead Parish Council

John West

John West

John West has lived in Hawstead since 2002 and is married to Geraldine. He spent his working career in finance. John served as Chairman from 2011 until 2022.

Henry Brewis

Henry Brewis

Henry Brewis has lived in the village in Pinford End for 30 years and is married to Hayley. They have two children, Lucy and Annabel, and two grandchildren, Issy and Flissy. Henry works as an airline pilot based at Gatwick airport.

Special Responsibilities - Responsible for improving Parish Council communications

Christabel Carr

Christabel Carr

Special Responsibilities - Responsible for all matters concerning the village Greens

Penny Barham

Penny Barham

Penny moved to Hawstead in 2014. She is married, has 2 grown up children and runs her own physiotherapy practice.

Special Responsibilities - Responsible for footpaths

 Bulbrook

James Bulbrook

I was born in Buckinghamshire, but the family moved to Suffolk in 1967, when my Father’s company moved from the Old Kent Road in London to Bury St Edmunds.
Having passed numerous ‘O’ levels, I studied the sciences at ‘A’ level, but having spent most of my time playing sport, I managed to fail them all! If there is one thing this has taught me, and I try to pass on to any current school leavers I talk to, it is don’t panic if you do not get the grades you need to get into university. There are other ways to achieve your goals.
I subsequently qualified as an accountant and became a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. For the last 30 plus years I have worked in various senior accounting and management positions.
My wife and I moved to Hawstead in late 2007, initially as it was equidistant between both of places of work, we have however come to loave the village and the peace and tranquility it provides. In 2008 I joined the Community Council and served as Treasurer for 5 years, before resigning due to pressure of work.
My hobbies include rugby, which I played for over 20 years for Bury, in most of the senior teams. Having retired from playing, I now get great pleasure in watching the game at all levels.