Contact & Who We Are

General Queries

Please email all general enquiries concerning the Society, including membership, directly to Allison Burke, our Administrator & Development Officer at Allison is also responsible for managing our website and social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which can be found on the links below:

You can write to the Society at: The Sudbury Society, c/o The Christopher Centre, 10 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury CO10 2EU. 

Individual members of the Executive Committee can be contacted using links below:

Executive Committee Members

Ian Liddell (Chairman)

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Sam Thornton (Vice-Chairman)

Sam has worked as an estate agent /valuer in Sudbury since 1984.  He is a Chartered Surveyor and specialized in the sale and valuation of character properties along the Essex/Suffolk border.  His interest in planning was sparked whilst working for the Milton Keynes Development Corporation in the late 1970s.  

Sam lives in the town and champions its appeal & facilities.

Amanda Reavell (Treasurer)

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Sandie Tate (Events)

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Angie Bentley (Press Officer)

Angie's professional background is in tourism and public events, having worked for local government in Sydney, Scotland and Westminster. Australian by birth, she moved to Sudbury in 2005 and has happily adopted it as her home town, becoming involved in local charities, farmers markets, The Taste of Sudbury, St Peters events and more. With 2 sons born and bred in the town, Sudbury's water meadows, its library, churches, theatre, Market Hill and history today form the essential backdrop of her family life, and are features that she believes need cherishing for future generations.


Sam Thornton (Chairman), David Burnett, Simon Harris, Anne Grimshaw, Ian Liddell (ex officio)

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President of The Sudbury Society

Andrew Lord Phillips of Sudbury, OBE

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Andrew trained as a solicitor with his Father's firm in Sudbury, and was former Chancellor of the University of Essex. In 1998, Andrew was made a Life Peer, which dominated his activities until he resigned in 2016. He is perhaps proudest of founding several national and local charities, mainly directed towards improving Justice for the ordinary Citizen. Andrew takes an active part in Town life, having a unique record of helping save local landmarks, starting with the Corn Exchange, and was in at the foundation of the Sudbury Society, drafting its constitution. His father was first Chair. 

Andrew has been a committed Sudburian all his life.

Vice-President of The Sudbury Society

David Burnett

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David came to live in the town when Cornard Upper School opened in 1973. Retirement from teaching gave him more time to explore the history and also the distinctive architecture of the local area. He has written a number of books and pamphlets on local history, had a major role in the creation and, now, the day to day running of the Heritage Centre in Gaol Lane and also the management of its website. He took over the Chairmanship of the Sudbury Society from the redoubtable Betty Bone in the early 2000s and during his spell as Chairman worked with Babergh District Council to create the Sudbury Local List. One of his concerns as a member of the Society Planning Group is to try to ensure that both nationally and locally listed buildings in Sudbury are given the recognition and protection that they deserve.

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The Sudbury Society, 
c/o The Christopher Centre, 
10 Gainsborough Street, 
Sudbury CO10 2EU.
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