Councillor Gerard Brewster

The Town of Stowmarket is very dear to my heart, it is where I was born and grew up and although much has changed since my early days it is still the place I am very proud to call home and where, with my wife Audrey, I enjoy living and being involved with and working for the community.

We have three adult children, two grandsons and a younger granddaughter.

Although retired I still carry out some part time work at Combs Ford Surgery.

My first steps as a Councillor began in 1973 when I was elected to the Stowmarket Urban District Council and to the successor Town Council and subsequently in the 1976 elections to Mid Suffolk District Council as well. I remained with both authorities until the early eighties when I took on the role of Group Scout Leader with 1st Combs Scout Group, an appointment I held on two different occasions, in between which I had responsibility for coordinating the delivery of a new headquarters building for the group. I then became District Commissioner for Stowmarket District Scouts for a four-year term.

I rejoined Stowmarket Town Council and Mid Suffolk District Council following election in May 2011 and again in May 2015.

I have had the tremendous privilege of serving as Town Mayor during two terms of office in 1978/79 and again more recently in 2014/15.

My current Town Council appointments are:

  • Member of the Planning, Consultation and Strategy Committee
  • Member of the Operations and Strategy Committee
  • Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committee
  • Member of the Grants Panel

My District Council Appointments are:

  • Portfolio Holder for Economy and Stowmarket Regeneration
  • Member of the Development Control Committee A
  • Member of the Planning Referrals Committee
  • Member of the Village of the Year Awards Panel
  • Joint Lead Member of the Economy Steering Board

My other outside appointments and interests include:

  • Acting Chairman, Director & Trustee of the Museum of East Anglian Life
  • Chairman of Stowmarket District Scout Executive (with effect from 22.06.15)
  • President of 1st Combs Scout Group
  • Member of the Friends of Pikes Meadow Committee
  • Member of Stowmarket Rotary Club

Contact details

The Limes
27 Combs Lane
IP14 2DB

01449 615527 / 07709 231410

Register of Interests 2019-20

Gerard Brewster