Meet The Team

Karen Forster - Interim Town Clerk

Karen Forster is the interim Town Clerk whilst a permanent replacement is appointed. Karen has an extensive background in manufacturing systems and engineering and was Karen was a councillor in Hampshire. She became a Clerk after moving to Suffolk. 


Jen Morcom - Assistant Town Clerk

Jen joined the Town Council in 2018 after working in local government and the voluntary sector for many years. Her last role was as CEO of a disability charity and prior to this  worked in a number of housing roles including managing Ipswich Borough Council’s housing policy and strategy teams. Jen is the clerk to the Planning Committee and manages the bookings for the Market Hall. 


Amy Rayner - Environment Co-ordinator

Amy joined the Town Council in 2021 and brings a wealth of horticultural expertise after working  at RHS Wisley.  Amy has a  passion for improving environmental sustainability and biodiversity and is advising the Council on improving their land management within the Town. Amy organises the Saxmundham Green Team who undertake fortnightly conservation and gardening projects in the Town. 


Sharon Smith - Finance Officer

Sharon joined the Town Council in May 2022 and brings years of experience working as a Clerk and RFO for local Parish Councils.  Prior to this, she worked in finance as a Compliance and Risk Officer both onshore and offshore.  Sharon read BA (Hons) Commerce at university, is a Member of the Securities and Investment Institute, and is a Chartered Company Secretary.  Sharon administers the finances of the Town Council, Market Hall and Gannon Institute and is Clerk to the Resources and Finance Committee.  


Jess Palmer - Town Centre Co-ordinator

Jess joined the Town Council in 2022 and takes care of communications, promotions and events.  After working as a lead English Teacher, she moved into copywriting and now runs her own communications business when not working at the Council. Jess’ focus is to promote Saxmundham, local events and businesses as well as maintaining good communication between the Council and local residents.  She is also Clerk to the Events and Communications Committee.


Colin Hathway - Caretaker

Colin joined the Town Council in 2022 as our caretaker.  His works includes maintaining Council buildings, including the Gannon Rooms, Market Hall and The Town House.  He also carries out emergency repairs of Council property and maintains safety of Council assets within the town.  Colin has a background of maintenance, estates and facilities work, including working with NHS Trusts and Leisure Centres and various commercial properties.