Council Members

Renuka Baldwin (Chair)

Phone: 01787 370434    Email Renuka

My husband and I moved to Great Waldingfield 4 years ago, we have enjoyed renovating our bungalow, which used to be part of the piggeries on Folly Road.

I joined the Parish Council in May 2019, since then I was thrilled to be voted Chairman, a position I take very seriously. I enjoy being on the Planning, Media and Neighbourhood Plan Committees, and work closely with Bradley our Community Warden, who is really supportive with the upkeep of our village. I’m looking forward to lots of exciting new projects in the future and hope that this new village website becomes a valuable resource for everybody in the village.


Kerry Francis (Vice Chair)

Phone: 07748 570436    Email Kerry

I grew up in the village and moved away in my 20s. I returned to the village five years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of village life again. I am a mum to two teenage girls and work for the NHS as a lymphoedema specialist based in Colchester, I also enjoy being a yoga instructor in my spare time. 

I joined the Parish Council as I feel passionately about joining our Community together. I remember the past events in the village and hope to bring a little bit of that sense of unity and togetherness back to the village. I am on the events committee, and Chairman of the Village hall management Committee. I would love to organise regular community events in the village in order for us to get to know our neighbours better.


 Sue Clements (Clerk)

Phone: 07922 336386    Email Sue and/or Parish Council

I have worked in local government since 2000; before that I worked in a building society where I progressed to Branch Manager prior to maternity leave in 1993. I then held various Volunteer roles within the community. When resuming a new career, I first started working part-time at a Town Council. I have various professional qualifications and experience in the banking/financial industry, project management, human resource management as well as first tier local authority/government – all of which assist me in my role serving the electorate of Great Waldingfield and the Parish Council.


Pete Berry

Phone: 01787 375853    Email Pete

I live in Braithwaite Drive. I’ve been a resident of the village for roughly 25 years and have tried to be an active parishioner. Whilst my 3 daughters were at the school I was a parent governor for 6 years, my grandson now attends the school which I’m delighted about.

For a number of years I was a committee member of the Friends of St Lawrence Church, raising funds for the upkeep of the building.

I am a member of the village Horticultural Society and I attend as many village events as possible, from the school fayres to the Xmas tree light turn on, and from Branchlines quiz nights to the Church afternoon tea.

My hope for the village is that whilst growth is inevitable, we keep our village community spirit and the feel of a small village with distinct boundaries between us. I’m proud to live in this village with its wonderful pub and terrific school. It has a spirit of its own.


Roger Knight

Phone: 01787 312946   Email Roger

I am a retired sound engineer, latterly in my career Head of the Sound Department at ITV’s London Studios on the South Bank. My wife and I moved from Clavering near Saffron Walden to Great Waldingfield in September 2016.

I was delighted to be elected onto the Parish Council in May 2019. As a Parish Councillor I am part of the Planning working group, Speed Watch Representative and Administrator Trustee of the Village Hall. I would like to see Great Waldingfield retain and strengthen its Suffolk village identity in both its character and community spirit by promoting development only where appropriate, and encouraging community pride in our past, present and future.


Carrie Parkin

Phone: 07568 406766    Email Carrie

I have lived in the village for 10 years with my family and love the surroundings and wonderful people. I own a Virtual Assistant business and as a Digital Projects Manager I felt I could help how we engage, communicate and share the love for our village in a modern way. 

I am really community minded and recently had an interest in joining the Parish Council to be able to offer up my skills and passion for communication and wellbeing.

Since becoming a Parish Councillor, I have been lucky enough to join the Events and Media Committees and am Vice Chair of the Village Hall Management Committee.  


Linda Rushton

Phone: 07767 610199   Email Linda

I was born in Romford and worked at North Thames Gas and Ford Motor Company until becoming a full time mum in 1989. My husband and I have had a cottage near the church for nearly 30 years and my mum lives in Bantocks Road.

I have been a Parish Councillor for over five years, and have been a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group since day one.

My interests are Heritage, Conservation and Farming. I am a life member of the National Trust, English Heritage and Historical Royal Palaces. I have three grown up children and three grandchildren and would like to conserve Great Waldingfield as a beautiful place to live.


Steve Williams

Phone: 01787 581287, 07751 041429   Email Steve

I spent my working life working for Ford Motor Co. for 40 years, the last 20 years in various levels of management. From 1983 to 2005 I lived just over the border in Halstead, then spent 8 years in France just outside Paris.

After I took Medical Retirement (left below knee amputee – lbka) in 2014 my wife and I moved to Great Waldingfield in March 2015.

I am involved with the Neighbourhood Plan working groups and I helped with the survey. I also like to attend the Branchlines’ Quiz and the Horticultural Shows. I was able to assist with the Great Waldingfield Volunteer Group during Lockdown and COVID-19.

I hope that working as a Parish Councillor I will be able to help build on the community spirit evidenced this year and with retaining/developing the Village character and infrastructure for all ages and abilities.


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