Occupation: Retired MP’s Caseworker
Background: Moved to Hoveton in 1992 with her husband, Peter. Has one daughter by a previous marriage and three stepsons, plus five grandchildren. Worked with Peter for 12 years running a successful yacht hire business in Hoveton whilst also working as a publications editor at UEA. Alex retired from UEA in 2004 and went to work for Norman Lamb MP at his constituency office in North Walsham until 2012.
Alex is Secretary for the Broadland Youth and Community Centre’s Management Committee and for the Patient Participation Group at Hoveton & Wroxham Medical Centre, and is also Honorary Administrator for the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Charitable Trust. Alex is an animal lover and she and Peter sponsor a child in Senegal through World Vision. She first joined Hoveton Parish Council in May 2011. Following a short break, she rejoined the Council in December 2016.
What is the best thing about being a Parish Councillor?
“As a retired caseworker it allows me to continue trying to resolve community related problems.”
What do you like most about living in Hoveton?
“As a non-driver I am within walking distance of the shops, the railway station and buses. There are also wonderful independent cafes with glorious views of the river, and the seaside is within 40 minutes by train.”
What is the most challenging aspect of being a Parish Councillor?
“Knowing that the powers of parish councils are not all encompassing and that it takes time to bring influence to bear where possible. Sometimes parish council work needs to take precedence over the washing and the ironing!”