Process and decision making

A panel representing key institutions in the county, assesses the strength of candidates in nomination and creates an annual shortlist. A unanimous decision from the committee is then required for an award of The Suffolk Medal to take place.
The current Nominations Panel comprises:-
  • The Lord Lieutenant

  • The High Sheriff

  • The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich or their designate

  • The Police and Crime Commissioner

  • The CEO of Suffolk County Council or their designate

  • The CEO of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

  • The CEO of Suffolk Community Foundation

  • The CEO of Community Action Suffolk

  • George Vestey (Founder of The Suffolk Medal)

Lieutenancy Representatives (Chairing)


Media partners:

  • BBC Suffolk
  • Newsquest
Nominations may be made directly online by the public (online nomination form), via The High Sheriff of the year or Suffolk’s Deputy Lieutenants. Nominations must not be made directly to members of the panel.

A long list of candidates will be submitted to the Panel before November for consideration, along with previously nominated candidates. At the discretion of the Committee Chair, there may be further panel meetings during the year.

The number of annual recipients will be at the discretion of the Committee but suffice to say that any award will be regarded as highly prestigious, recognising the most exceptional contribution to our county

what is The Suffolk Medal?

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Award Ceremonies and administration

Following the selection process in November, an award of the Suffolk Medal takes place on Suffolk Day (21st June) or at another significant event ...


If you are a current resident of Suffolk, you can make a nomination here