Suffolk's response to COVID-19

How the Covid-19 Local Outbreak Engagement Board is monitoring the pandemic.

The purpose of the Covid-19 Local Outbreak Engagement Board is to provide strategic democratic oversight of:

  • Planning for and managing potential future outbreaks of Covid-19 in Suffolk, as part of the national Test and Trace Programme, and;
  • Engagement and communication with the public regarding planning for and the management of any such potential future outbreak.

The Local Outbreak Engagement Board is not a properly-constituted decision-making body. Therefore, decisions of the Board are purely advisory. Any recommendations it makes will be considered through the governance arrangements of the appropriate bodies or individuals which will retain decision making sovereignty.


  • Councillor Matthew Hicks, Leader of Suffolk County Council (Chair)
  • Councillor John Ward, Leader of Babergh District Council
  • Councillor Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council
  • Councillor David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council
  • Councillor Suzie Morley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council (Vice Chair)
  • Councillor John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council
  • Ed Garrett, Chief Officer, East Suffolk and Ipswich CCG and West Suffolk CCG
  • Melanie Craig, Chief Officer, NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG
  • Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner

In Attendance

  • Councillor Andrew Reid, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Public Protection and Communities
  • Nicola Beach, Chief Executive, Suffolk County Council
  • Arthur Charvonia, Chief Executive, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
  • Stephen Baker, Chief Executive, East Suffolk Council
  • Ian Gallin, Chief Executive, West Suffolk Council
  • Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health Suffolk County Council (as Chair of the Covid-19 Health Protection Board)
  • Chris Starkie, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Steve Jupp, Chief Constable, Suffolk Constabulary
  • Andrew St Ledger, Communications Lead

Meeting dates