The Role of a Councillor

A councillor is a member of the Council and is normally elected for a term of four years.  People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work. A Councillor is an unpaid voluntary role.

They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected Councillors depends on the size of the area. In Tivetshall we are able to have 7 Councillors.

As a local Councillor you can become a voice for your community and make a real change. Councillors represent the interests of the communities they serve.

Local councillors have three main responsibilities:
• Decision-making
• Monitoring
• Getting involved locally

Contact the Clerk for more information.


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Robert Alleguen-Porter



I have lived in Tivetshall since 2013 together with my wife. I have been a Councillor now for 2 years, and joined because I want to see the community thrive, but for it to grow in a well planned and appropriate way for the rural village it is.

I am also keen to build the community spirit that is evident within our lovely village and am a Trustee for our Village Hall and a Trustee and founding member of the Tivetshall Families & Friends group.

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Alyson Read

Vice Chair


I have always lived in a village environment, moving here in 2015 from Bedfordshire. I worked in the motor industry for 20+ years.

My passion is horses. My interests are social history, protecting our environment and its wildlife, being part of a community.

I jointed this Parish Council in 2017. I have had training in community funding, attended monthly workshops learning how to create a neighbourhood plan. I strongly believe our villages should retain their characteristics and not lose their identities through excessive development.  As a Trustee I am part of the team running the Village Hall and organising fundraising events to maintain and enhance this great facility.

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Alan Arber

Parish Clerk


I am a fully qualified Cilca Parish Clerk that joined Tivetshall in early June after an recommendation from Norfolk parish training and support. as a young man i played professional football for many years and represented my country at amateur level which I am extremely proud of. I currently clerk for three other councils with 2 being in South Norfolk and one in Breckland. I really enjoy attending the Tea Junctions and am always there for a chat with everyone on any issues within the parish. I live in Norwich with my partner Carol 

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Julie Brown



I moved into Tivetshall in 1993 to begin married life and to raise a family. My children both attended Tivetshall School and I worked there for 18 years. I really enjoy being a part of village life and have been actively involved as a Trustee in several of our community groups including FOTS, The Village Hall, TFAF and TTJ. It is encouraging to see a sensitive approach to the growth of our community and to have a part to play in its future.

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David Parsons

Having retired in 2016, and with the impact of Covid – with my wife Adrienne choosing to work from home since early 2020 – we decided to move away from Essex at the end of 2020 with the aim of a more peaceful and rural location for our retirement, moving to The Street in January 2021.

With a number of close family members living in Norfolk, we chose this as our ‘forever’ new location.

With more than 40 years in Financial Services – the last 10 years having been a Director dealing largely with company pension schemes – I have long enjoyed dealing with people and having an active involvement with things that matter to people.

The opportunity to join the local Village Council seemed an ideal chance to be involved and to help with local services and facilities, with the added benefit of getting to know my parishioners and neighbours, many who we now consider as friends, even after such a short time in our new home.

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Sandra I'Anson

South Norfolk is a fascinating place to live, and having family nearby we decided to move to Tivetshall in 2019. With retirement and a gentler life I decided to join the Parish Council which I did in June 2021. I feel I would like to contribute to keeping The Tivetshalls in the best condition possible for future generations, to be able to sustain, develop and improve our village. I find it very interesting, having an insight to local news and problems which arise and being a member of the team to resolve them. Therefore I hope to continue and learn more of the workings of the Parish Council and to represent the views of the local residents.

My early professional life involved working in the foreign and securities department at NatWest Bank, followed by a senior leadership role in a large secondary school developing strategies for improving pupil outcomes.

I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the Parish Council and the residents of Tivetshall to further improve and maintain our beautiful village.

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Carole Youngs

I moved to Tivetshall St Mary at the end of 2019 after decades of living in different countries around the world and various locations across the British Isles.

I have a degree in Public and Environmental Health and have over fifteen years’ experience working for and with various parish councils.

By joining Tivetshall Parish Council I hope to work for and enhance the area I now live in and call home.