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The Rotary Club of Ipswich East
The Rotary Club of Ipswich East
The Rotary Club of Ipswich East
David Knights

Liz Harsant

Liz lives in Ipswich and has been a local Ipswich Borough Councillor for Holywells Ward for 17 years and for 6 1/2 years was the Leader of the Council. During this time she was instrumental in the Waterfront Regeneration project, the Suffolk University build and the renovation of Holywells Park. She has served as a Corporate Member of Suffolk New College for many years.

Liz chairs the Overview & Scrutiny Committee at the Council and is a member of the Planning & Development Committee.  She is also very involved in local charities and this year is President of the Rotary Club of Ipswich East. As a widow, mother and grandmother, Liz is a compassionate, dedicated Councillor and has worked tirelessly improving services and facilities in the Ward she represents.  She is passionate about Ipswich and very proud of the improvements to the town that she has been involved in.

Tony Baker

Tony Baker

He came to Suffolk in 1992 having moved around the country as a fire officer: "I wanted to put down some roots and make a contribution to my local community. A colleague introduced me to Rotary and my membership has been all I could have expected. It has enabled me to be involved in many worthwhile ventures in Ipswich with like minded individuals."

Tony is a retired chief fire officer who has also been a member of the Suffolk Police Authority, a Non-Executive Director of the Ambulance Service, a Director of  Victim Support Suffolk and a magistrate for over twenty years. He is a trustee of a local charity and the secretary of a sports club.

Martin Westlake

Martin Westlake
Assistant Secretary

“When not working in the commercial insurance broking business, my main interests outside of Rotary are coarse fishing, playing golf (badly), football, gardening, wildlife (RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife member) and foreign travel (as often as possible!).”


Nigel Farthing

David Chitttick
President Elect

As a member of Ipswich East Rotary Club for 9 years, David has enjoyed the fellowship and valued learning from the life experiences of members. Meeting people from the community who are involved in local charities has given him an insight into the huge amount the voluntary sector does to help people. He has found it personally rewarding to be involved with the organising of events that the club puts on. David says “It is a great honour to be President Elect of the Club.  I am thrilled with the prospect of leading such a thriving club. I am fortunate also to be married to Patricia, who has worked as a GP in Ipswich for the past 24 years, as I have. Our 3 children are now getting on with their own lives, which gives us the opportunity to take on new challenges in life."

Neil Hewitt

Neil Hewitt

Neil is a director of Scrutton Bland Ltd. He has more than 25 years experience as an independent financial adviser. He began his career originally with the Halifax Building Society, then with a local IFA practice before his move to Scrutton Bland.

"Outside of work I am a keen sports fan and particularly enjoy playing golf. I joined Rotary to give something back to the local community, but Rotary has given me so much more back, including friendship and a real sense of achievement."

Nigel Farthing

Jo Banthorpe
Chair of Vocational Services and Youth Opportunities Committee

Jo became a member of Ipswich East 9 years ago. She says “It felt a very natural transition as my father was a founder member almost 50 years ago, and I was welcomed into a ‘family’ of familiar faces.” 

In her work as an acupuncturist, Jo sees many people suffering with stress, anxiety and depression. “I can see how Rotary benefits many people by helping them to feel part of a community, and giving them a sense of meaning and purpose.” Jo is heavily involved in Club events including organising the annual Kids Day Out for those with additional needs and also the many fundraising activities throughout the year.



George Woodward: Chairs the Community Service Committee. 

Stephen Jones: Chairs the clubs Foundation Committee this Committee's remit is to seek opportunities to help people in need, both locally and wider afield.

Martin Whitworth: Chairs the Clubs Fundraising Committee this Committee leads all of the Club's charity fundraising activities.

George McClellan: Chairs the Clubs International Committee which exists to promote better international understanding.

David Atkins: Chairs the Club Service Committee.