Sheila Handley

Gainsborough Ward - Sheila Handley

Sheila is the Labour Party candidate for Gainsborough Ward at the Borough Council election on Thursday 3rd May 2018.

After studying chemistry at the University of East Anglia, Sheila did her teacher training in Nottingham. She worked in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Cheshire before returning to East Anglia in 1980.

Sheila then took a ten-year break while having her three children: Richard suffered a sudden and unexpected death in 2012 aged just thirty three, Lucy lives and works in Basingstoke and has two young daughters herself, whilst Emily has made her career in London.

When the children were all settled at school Sheila resumed work and spent seventeen years at Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft. Since then she has worked, on a part time basis, as an examiner for Cambridge Assessment and is involved in setting papers and marking the work of international students from around the world in chemistry, thinking skills and global perspectives.

When her children were growing up Sheila served on their playgroup committee, was a parent governor at their primary school and was actively involved with fundraising for the special class which Richard attended.

Sheila joined the Labour Party in 2016 and, since moving to Ipswich in August 2016, has become actively involved in campaigning within her local community. Having been inspired by the energy and commitment of the Borough Councillors with whom she has worked, she feels that it is time now to stand up and really do something concrete to make a difference in her community.

Sheila says: “My son’s untimely death plunged me into a world of complaints, a serious case review and now, preparation for his inquest. I’ve seen what a fight it is to get services investigated and improved. Being a councillor would be a natural follow on from this work.”

“If elected:

  • I’d work hard to represent all the residents of Gainsborough Ward, striving to understand and help resolve issues raised by individuals, groups and the community at large.
  • I’d want to be someone that people feel able to approach safe in the knowledge that I’d do my best for them, whatever the issue.
  • I’d relish the opportunity to be involved in shaping the future of Ipswich, helping to ensure that, in these uncertain times, resources are used for the maximum benefit of the people of Ipswich.




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