'Suffolk 100' event brings together county's influential leaders

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.
Byline: Sonya Duncan

Owen Calvert-Lyons, artistic director and CEO at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The people and organisations who are helping shape the future of Suffolk gathered at a reception celebrating the latest edition of Archant's prestigious Suffolk 100.

First produced by the East Anglian Daily Times in 2010, the Suffolk 100 profiles those who make a big difference in the county and help drive it forward.

The 2022 edition features senior business leaders from many of the county’s largest firms, which make such a vital contribution to the economic wellbeing of Suffolk and its people.

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.Catherine Johnson, Suffolk chamber of commerce, C-J Green, Bra

Catherine Johnson, of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, C-J Green, of BraveGoose and New Anglia LEP, Professor Helen Langton, Vice Chancellor at the University of Suffolk. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.Rob Thomson, director at Grant Thornton and Jordan Holder, Car

Rob Thomson, director at Grant Thornton and Jordan Holder, careers hub lead New Anglia LEP - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The public and third sectors, education, the arts, sport and health sectors are also recognised, along with inspiring individuals who make a positive difference to the lives of many.

Most of the 'Suffolk 100' gathered at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall on Wednesday evening for a special event.

Brad Jones, editor of the East Anglian Daily Times, said: "This list shows what an amazingly diverse range of talent we have here in Suffolk, which should give us optimism. World-class business, inspiring individuals, creativity, and entrepreneurship. We don't shout about it anywhere near enough."

The Suffolk 100 was last produced in 2017, and around half the list has changed in the latest edition.

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.Becky Rodwell, account manager at Archant, Sophie Alexander-Pa

Becky Rodwell, account manager at Archant, and Sophie Alexander-Parker, chief exec of Ipswich Central - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.Byline: Sonya Duncan

Bridget McIntyre MBE at the Suffolk 100 event on Wednesday evening - Credit: Sonya Duncan

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Brad told guests at the reception: "We recognise a list like this can never be perfect and is always subjective, but we think the judging panel has done a brilliant job in narrowing it down to this fantastic selection of inspiring people and organisations."

The Suffolk 100 was opened up to public nominations, with the judging panel deciding the final list. The 2022 edition of the guide is sponsored by Grant Thornton, Birketts and Sackers scrap metal and recycling.

The Suffolk 100 in full:

  • Christine Abraham, Community Action Suffolk
  • Jonathan Agar, Birketts
  • Phillip Ainsworth, Suffolk Agricultural Association
  • Sophie Alexander-Parker, Ipswich Central/All About Ipswich
  • Mark Ashton, Ipswich Town
  • Brian and Patrick Barker, EJ Barker & Sons
  • Paul Barnard, Marriott Motor Group
  • Robert Baxter, Chassis Cab
  • Nicola Beach, Suffolk County Council
  • John Biggin OBE, TruckEast
  • Craig Black, West Suffolk Hospital
  • Alan & Neil Boyden, AJN Steelstock
  • BSC Multicultural Services leadership team
  • Buchanan Brothers (William & Geoff), Gressingham Foods
  • Glenn Buckingham & Andrew Blenkiron, NFU Suffolk
  • James Buckle, Heathpatch
  • Jamie Burles & Jonathan Denby, Greater Anglia
  • Owen Calvert-Lyons, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
  • Joanna Carrick, Red Rose Chain
  • Lady Clare Euston, Euston Estates and Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk
  • William Coe, Coes
  • Mark Cordell, OurBuryStEdmunds
  • Dr Tim Coulson, Unity Schools Partnership
  • Jenny Cousins, Museum of East Anglian Life/The Food Museum
  • Edward Creasy, High Sheriff of Suffolk
  • Stuart Dantzic, Caribbean Blinds
  • Paul Day, Turners (Soham) Ltd
  • The Denny Bros (Graham, Andrew & Barry), Denny Bros
  • David Dodds, Sackers
  • Lesley Dolphin & Mark Murphy MBE, BBC Radio Suffolk
  • East of England Co-op Leadership Team Nick Denny, joint chief exec, Doug Field, joint chief exec, Roger Grosvenor, joint chief exec, Niall O’Keeffe, joint chief exec, Jonathan Carey, secretary
  • Sasha Erben & Jannine Erben, Berlin Packaging UK
  • Dan Everitt, Mediterranean Shipping Company
  • Marlini Finney, Challs International
  • Clare Flintoff, ASSET Education
  • Ed Garratt, NHS Suffolk and North East Essex
  • Viv Gillespie, Suffolk New College
  • Justin Godfrey, Thomas Ridley Foodservice
  • Phil Gormley, EACH
  • Robert Gough, Gough Hotel Group
  • Belinda Gray, Art for Cure
  • CJ Green, New Anglia LEP/Bravegoose
  • Andrew Harston, ABP
  • John Hensley, Ant Group
  • Jordan Holder, New Anglia LEP/Suffolk Community Foundation
  • Sarah Holmes & Douglas Rintoul, New Wolsey Theatre
  • James Hopkins, Denbury Homes
  • Robert Hughes, Hughes Electrical
  • Nick Hulme, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  • Terry Hunt, former EADT editor 
  • Charlie & John Jardine, EO Charging
  • Brad Jones, EADT and Ipswich Star editor
  • Steve Jupp & Tim Passmore, Suffolk Constabulary
  • Brendan Keaney OBE, DanceEast
  • Stuart Keeble, Suffolk Public Health Director
  • William Kendall, Serial entrepreneur
  • The Kerr Family, WM Kerr Farms, Easton Farm Park, Easton Grange, Alterra Farms
  • Helen Langton, University of Suffolk
  • Gina Long MBE, GeeWizz
  • Audrey Ludwig, Suffolk Law Centre
  • Nick Mackenzie, Greene King
  • Olly Magnus, Magnus Group
  • Linda McEnhill, St Nicholas Hospice
  • Bridget McIntyre MBE, Dream On/The Blossom Charity
  • Paul Milsom, Milsom Hotels and Restaurants
  • Dr Beth Mosley MBE, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • Phanuel Mutumburi, Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality
  • Jon Neal, Suffolk MIND
  • Richard Neall, One Group Construction
  • Judi Newman, St Elizabeth Hospice
  • Julia Nix, East Anglia Job Centre Plus
  • Liz O'Riordan, blogger, author, public speaker
  • Brendan Padfield, The Unruly Pig
  • Peake Family, Boxford Group
  • Mark Pendlington DL, Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk
  • Lisa Perkins & Tim Whitley, BT and Adastral Park
  • Emma Ratzer MBE, Access Community Trust
  • Daemmon Reeve, Treatt
  • Maureen Reynel MBE, Families in Need
  • Stuart Rimmer MBE, East Coast College
  • NIkkos Savvas, Eastern Colleges Group
  • The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
  • Justin Sharp, Pea Porridge
  • Ed Sheeran, singer-songwriter
  • Sizewell C - Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, Julia Pyke, Stephen Billingham CBE
  • Tara Spence, Home-Start in Suffolk
  • Amy Starkey, Jockey Club Racecourses
  • Suffolk Chamber of Commerce - John Dugmore, Paul Briddon, Catherine Johnson
  • Suffolk Community Foundation - Stephen Singleton, Tim Holder, Mandy Abdel-Aziz, Andrea Pittock
  • Ian Surtees, Vertas
  • James Taylor, TMJ Interiors
  • Alastair Thompson, Gerda Group
  • Tokyo Olympians - Jordan Catchpole, Hannah Martin, Callum Wilkinson, Charley Davison, Ethan Waddleton, Harry Martin, George Pinner, Zoe Newson, Evie Edwards, Hetty Bartlett
  • Warren Troy, Troy Group
  • Philip Turner, Chestnut Group
  • Ian Twinley, John Grose
  • Mark Tyldesley, Muntons Plc
  • John Williams, Maritime Transport
  • Peter Wilson, Cory Brothers
  • Andy Wood, Adnams
The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.Byline: Sonya Duncan

Jonathan Denby from Greater Anglia and ABP's Andrew Harston at the Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.
Byline: Sonya Duncan

Andrea Pittock and Jordan Holder at the reception - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.
Byline: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 publication at Milsoms. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.Byline: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.Editor if the EADT AND Evening Star, Brad Jones.Byline: Sonya

EADT and Ipswich Star editor Brad Jones speaking at the Suffolk 100 reception - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.
Byline: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms. Byline: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.Byline: Sonya Duncan

Mahbub Alam Shamim from BSC Multicultural Services - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.
Byline: Sonya Duncan

Lisa Perkins, director of Adastral Park and research realisation for BT's technology division - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.
Byline: Sonya Duncan

John Hensley, founder and CEO of Ant Group - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.Frances and Jon Loshak, Stoke By Nayland ClubByline: Sonya Du

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms. Frances and Jon Loshak, Stoke By Nayland Club - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.Catherine Johnson, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Ian Twinley, J

Catherine Johnson, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Ian Twinley, John Grose chairman, Jenny Cousins, director at The Food Museum, Phillip Ainsworth, chief executive at Suffolk Agricultural Association. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Suffolk 100 reception at Milsoms.Julia Nix, district manager for DWP, Robert Parker, MD of Chas

Julia Nix, district manager for DWP, Robert Parker, MD of Chassis Cab, John Biggin, MD at TruckEast - Credit: Sonya Duncan

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Grant Thornton is one of our Suffolk 100 sponsors - Credit: Grant Thornton

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Birketts logo - Credit: Birketts

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Sackers will be sponsoring Suffolk 100 in 2022 - Credit: Sackers