The Mayor

Profile for Councillor Tony Brown, Mayor of Haverhill

Tony was born in Greenwich but his family moved to Haverhill’s Parkway estate in 1961 when he was one year old as part of the New Town Expansion scheme. He attended firstly Cangle school, then Place Farm (on it's opening day), then Chalkstone Middle School (also on it's opening day) as the first year to go through the new comprehensive three tier system, then finally onto Castle Manor School.

When Tony left school he joined the Army and was trained at the Army Apprentices college in Chepstow before serving seven years with the Royal Engineers at various locations in the UK, Germany, Canada and the Falkland Islands.

On leaving the Army he worked on various civil engineering schemes in the UK and abroad before starting his own site investigation and well drilling business in Haverhill in the mid 1980s which he continues to do to this day.

Tony is married to Angela and has three grown up children, Naomi, Edward and Harry.

Tony has lived most of his life in the town and has seen the changes over the years from a small market town with a railway, to a town that had a large amount of manufacturing and industry, to a town that is now largely warehousing, service industries, commuter-orientated and once again expanding rapidly.

Tony was firstly elected to Suffolk County Council to represent Haverhill East & Kedington in 2013. He now serves on St. Edmundsbury Borough Council and Haverhill Town Council; both representing Haverhill East.

Tony is passionate about the town where he has many family and friends and wants to make a great friendly town even better.

Councillor Tony Brown has been elected by his fellow Councillors to be the Town's Mayor for the 2018/2019 administration period.

David was born in London and grew up in Essex and Suffolk attending schools in Braintree and Sudbury. After leaving school he joined Marconi in Chelmsford before moving to Royal Mail in 1978 where he stayed until he took early retirement in 2012. His career with Royal Mail spanned most aspects of the postal service, including a time working on mail trains, but most of his time was spent dealing with the automation of mail sorting.

David moved to Haverhill in 1986 and has lived in various parts of the town. He has been chairman of the PTA at Chalkstone School. He is married to Sue and between them they have six grown up children and eight grandchildren, with the family spread from Cambridgeshire to Yorkshire, Lancashire, Wales and Australia!

David was first co-opted onto Haverhill town council, as a Conservative Councillor, in 2013 and then was elected to both Town and Borough councils in 2015. As well as being an active Town Councillor he also sits on several committees at Borough level including planning and performance & audit. He is also deputy Portfolio Holder for growth and skills at St Edmundsbury.

David has said that being elected to be the town’s Mayor was a huge honour, privilege and was an ideal opportunity to be able to put back something into the town that he loves. He is a huge advocate for the town and wants to see it grow and thrive. He is proud to be able to represent Haverhill.

Councillor David Roach has been elected by his fellow Councillors to be the Town Mayor for the administration year 2017/2018.

Profile for Councillor David Roach, Mayor of Haverhill

Profile for Councillor John Burns, Mayor of Haverhill

John was born in Hayes, Middlesex and lived in that general area until going off to secondary boarding school in High Wycombe at the age of 11. He left school at 15 "running away" to join the Merchant Navy, and to a well known American oil company, remaining at sea for 10 years rising up the ranks. In 1985 he moved to work ashore for the same company in London firstly in the personnel department supervising about 1500 seafarers of various nationalities before moving into the 2-man IT department and later on solely managing all shipboard communications, IT and navigation systems. He took early retirement in 2013 after the company sold the last of its tankers. During his career he developed many computer applications for the company and later on, post retirement, using that knowledge in developing systems for businesses and for the town such as that currently used to analyse vehicle speed data.

He moved to Haverhill in 1988 "by accident" having seen a house for sale when helping a friend move house just a few doors away and seeing the opportunities such a move could bring especially as a newborn son had just come along. A move he has never regretted. The daily commute to London however became ever more exasperating and luckily working from home became an opportunity in 2000 when his company merged with another and moved to Surrey. Since retirement he has taken a great deal of interest in the town and, even well before being elected as a Councillor in 2015, he was regularly seen at Town and Borough Council events understanding the problems that the town has. 

John is passionate about the town and takes a great deal of interest in it responding to resident/business queries and problems wherever possible. He has campaigned hard for the return of a sustainable rail link to Cambridge area and will question anything that is seen as unjust to the people of Haverhill especially over large housing developments. He is the major force behind the development of this Town Council website.

Since retirement he took up a hobby of film making and is now regularly seen filming events, meetings, concerts, and anything of interest for the benefit of others. See here.

Councillor John Burns has been elected by his fellow Councillors to be the Town's Mayor for the 2019/2020 administration period.