Process and decision making

A current panel has been established to assess the strength of candidates in nomination and to create 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 (chair)
  • The High Sheriff
  • The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner
  • The CEO of Suffolk County Council or her designate
  • The CEO of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
  • The CEO of Suffolk Community Foundation
  • The CEO of Community Action Suffolk
  • A Lieutenancy Representative
  • George Vestey (Founder of The Suffolk Medal)


Supporting the panel:

  • The Head of Public Affairs at Suffolk Community Foundation
  • The Editor of The East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star

Nominations may be made directly online by the general public (online nomination form) or via The High Sheriff of the day and 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 at the start of the calendar year for consideration, along with previously nominated candidates. At the discretion of the Committee Chair, The Lord Lieutenant, there may be further committee meetings during the year.

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

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