Trunch Parish Council

About us

Brian Boughton. - Chairman

I have lived in Trunch since June, 2013 having previously lived in the County of Kent. After leaving secondary school I studied and trained to be a structural and civil engineer being employed in Central and Local Government. Eventually I started my own engineering consultancy and construction company designing and building iconic steel bridges and structures. I am married to Doreen; we have two sons and a daughter and eight grand children. Since my early twenties I have always been keen to help with the fundraising and social activities in the villages where I lived. Much of my spare time was taken up with leading a scout group and local youth club, also being a member of a school parent teacher association and Board of Governors. I have continued to raise funds for a charity which supports children and young adults with crippling and often terminal heart and lung disease. Since living in Trunch I have become secretary of the Village Society besides participating in a number of village groups and activities including the community composting scheme, garden society, bee keeping and art groups. Trunch is a lovely, vibrant and friendly village with a neighbourly community spirit; I am proud to be part of it. I was elected to serve as a Councillor on the Trunch Parish Council in May 2015 and became Chairman in 2018.

David Burns

Originally from Grimsby, my life has led me to Trunch in 2018 after a long spell in Woburn Sands, before that London and Manchester. My career was originally with corporates (Mobil then BP) in sales and marketing as well as capability development, before leaving to set up my own businesses nearly 15 years ago and am still enjoying working and travelling with my training business. I value highly, community and localism, and believe strongly in you get out what you put in so like to get involved. I love being in Trunch and hope being part of the council will enable me to help to put something back into a great community.

Nickolas Hurst

I moved to Trunch in 2001 and joined the Parish Council 4 years ago. Trunch has a great community spirit and I’d like to help maintain that.

Richard Nevill

I was born and bred in South East London, am married to Marilyn and have a son and three post-teenage grandsons. My first career was
as an Area Senior Industrial Gas Engineer with British Gas, where I also chaired our Area Sports and Social club. For a while I also tutored gas technicians at East London University. After I retired I busied myself with more voluntary work, often helping people and organisations with their computer problems. Marilyn and myself have been regular visitors to North Norfolk since the mid-70’s and we liked it so much that we moved to Trunch in 2008. We soon became involved in local organisations - Trunch Village Society (Chair, 2013-2016) Trunch Friends and North Walsham U3A committee. We love village life and the people here are just great

                                                                                                   Elizabeth New

I originally come from Essex but spent many a happy year as a child on holiday in North Norfolk, parents moved to Norfolk about 30 years and I moved to Trunch about 5 years ago. My professional background started as retail and very much customer focused in later years I found my true passion for Social Housing and started working for Norwich City Council and then went onto working for one of the largest Housing Associations in the UK. I enjoy the community spirit of the village and wish to see this grow.

Carole Owers

I have lived and worked in North Norfolk for approximately 40 years, the last 5 years being in Trunch. My children attended Mundesley
Junior School, Wymondham College and Paston College. For 4 years I was a volunteer at Cromer Hospital; I enjoy playing badminton at North Walsham Sports Centre, am a Committee member of Trunch friends, a member of Trunch Carpet Bowls and the Knitters and Stitchers Group.

                                                                                                Jacqui  Sweeney

I am retired, married with a grown up family with grandchildren and a great grandchild. I love animals having a dog, cat and a tortoise, enjoy gardening, sewing and walking and am a keen bird watcher.

Paul Taylor


My name is Paul Taylor and I have lived in Trunch since March 2013 with my wife, Brenda, and my elderly mother who is now resident in Rose Meadow Care Home in North Walsham. I was born in Chelmsford, Essex in 1949 and moved to Norfolk with my parents in 1956 to start a Guest House business at Highlawns in Trimingham where we remained for 8 years. I attended The Belfry Primary School in Overstrand and then Paston Grammar School in North Walsham where I obtained 7 O-levels and 3 A-Level passes. The family moved to North Walsham in 1964. Upon leaving school I joined John Laing Construction Limited in London as a trainee quantity surveyor.

I married Brenda in 1969, at West Runton church, and we had two sons, the elder born in South London, where I was based at the time, and the younger born in North Walsham after we moved back to Norfolk in 1972. We now have two teenage grandchildren living locally.

I obtained my professional qualification in 1973 and now operate on a semi-retired basis as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors following 25 years working on the contracting side of the construction industry, including 15 years as a company director, with the latter years prior to semi-retirement spent in private practice.I have been a member of the Royal Cromer Golf Club for many years and my other interests include nature and the history of the USA during the 1800’s.

When my sons were teenagers we lived in Bradfield and for 3 years I ran a Trunch Rovers junior football team based at the playing field.

I am an active member of the Village Society Compost Group and a firm supporter of Trunch Crown PH which I believe to be a considerable asset to the village.

Michael Tyler

I was born and brought up in London. I married in the early 1970s and moved to Cambridge where my wife Helen and I raised our 3 sons. Most of my working life was spent in the Cambridge area where I ran a small independent company involved in property. Following my retirement we spent some years living in France until returning and ultimately moving here to Trunch in 2014. I particularly enjoy walking, ornithology, gardening, socialising and football (still travelling to London to see Tottenham play when I have the opportunity). Since moving here to Trunch I have been involved with fundraising for both the Village Society and the Village Hall.


                                                                                             John Spencer                                                       

I was born in Chelmsford in 1946, but then brought up in rural Dorset. Most of my working life was spent in the Law Faculty at the University of Cambridge, from which I retired as a professor in 2013 (though I still go back regularly to teach.) In my spare time I also continue to write and edit legal books and articles. My wife (Rosie) and I have three grown-up children and two small grandchildren. In 2015 we bought our house in Trunch as a holiday home, but now spend most of our time here – where we enjoy walking, gardening and taking part in village life. We are involved with the church, and with concerts in the church, and I am active in the Village Society compost group. I was co-opted as a member of the Parish Council earlier this year and am proud to serve the village as a member.

                                                           Footnote: John received the honour of a CBE in the New Year of 2017

Shirley Wild

I was born in Swanton Morley June 1949 and have been married to Derek for 31 years, between us we have 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren.  I have lived in Norfolk all my life - 47 of those years in  Watton / Saham Toney before moving to Trunch nearly 4 years ago  where we have settled in well. Hobbies are walking, swimming, cycling, gardening, cooking and reading. My working life has always been directly with the public in some form including as a Sales Manager for several years, a nursery assistant and voluntary Cub Scout Akela (leader) for 10 years. I love village life and am keen to preserve it.       

Julie Chance - Clerk 

I live in Trimingham and have been Clerk to the Trunch Parish Council for over 15 years. 

                                                      CONTACT DETAILS for COUNCILLORS and the CLERK as at FEBRUARY 2020