SUFFOLK Coastal Conservatives have selected Craig Rivett as their candidate in the Wrentham by-election to Waveney District Council.
The vacancy has been caused by the resignation of Dr Martin Parsons who has joined a major international aid charity based in Wiltshire.
At one time, Craig was employed as a senior manager in Royal Mail, overseeing and experiencing fast and extensive change and managing multimillion pound budgets,with large numbers of managers, postmen and women.
Says Craig: "Working with unions, I delivered business improvements, maintaining service to customers, protecting earning opportunities for staff, improving efficiencies and allaying the fears of those affected."
Currently self-employed, he was born and brought up in Lowestoft. His grandmother was born and raised in Frostenden and his great grandmother who lived in Frostenden for more than 50 years, was caretaker at Frostenden School, and a parish councillor. .
Last year, Craig was a part of the organising committee for the Beccles Charter Weekend and helped in setting up a local district NSPCC group. Before this, he served as secretary on the local church council to recover the church from a state of disrepair and says: "It was great to see newlyweds choosing to start their lives together at the local church."
Craig adds: "I hope to carry on Dr Martin Parsons’ great work as your councillor and look forward to meeting you."
Explaining why he has had to resign from Waveney district council, Martin says: "In October I started a new job as Head of Research for an international aid agency specialising in helping victims of Islamist extremism such as those fleeing genocide at the hands of IS in Syria and Iraq and those suffering at the hands of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.
"The post is based in Wiltshire, although until we are able to move there this summer - after my eldest son finishes his GCSEs at Bungay High - my employer has
graciously allowed me to work from home for two days a week with the rest of the week based at their international headquarters."
The by-election takes place on 5th May, the same day as the Police and Crime Commissioner election.