I have been a regular visitor to the North Norfolk coast since I was a young child. In 2013 my family and I were able to purchase a second home here in Wells and became very regular visitors from our home in Rutland.
We loved the town together with the surrounding area instantly and decided to make Wells our permanent home when the opportunity arose. In 2017 we were able to do just that when we took over Bang in Wells, a café with guest rooms at the top of Staithe Street.
I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to chair the WCCT and to be able to give something back to the town that I have taken so much enjoyment from. I hope that as a chartered accountant with 28 years’ experience in retail and project management I am well placed to help the town to progress and to benefit from the opportunities the Coastal Community Fund provides.
I am fortunate to have the support of a very strong and dedicated team of directors and members who are also clearly driven to help the community and town.
I have lived in Wells for the last 9 years but have a much longer association with the town due to both my grandmother and father being born, raised and educated in Wells next the Sea. I myself was born in Norwich but came to live in this area for most of my ‘formative’ years, before moving to London in 1976.
Most of my working life has been spent in the property sector and I ran my own Design & Build business in London working in both the commercial and residential sectors. Since returning to Norfolk in 2008 I have worked for Holkham Estate as Projects Manager and in 2014 my husband Christopher and I set up our own business in the town – Bang In Wells!
I joined the team of WCCT in the hope that I may be able to contribute towards ensuring the continued prosperity, growth and sustainability of the town, addressing the challenges its ever increasing popularity as a holiday destination brings – whilst ensuring Wells retains all of the charm, character and strong community spirit that make it such a special place to live and work.
Eleanor CrispWCCT Treasurer
I have been coming to Norfolk for many years where my family now live and having fallen in love with the county, I felt very lucky to find a home in Wells several years ago and even luckier when I moved here full-time in 2017.
I studied languages at University and lived in Russia for three years, I
then returned to London where I worked in Investment Banking for over sixteen years in a number of different roles in operations, project and product management, relationship management and trading. When I left I wanted to do something completely different and so retrained as a chef in Ireland. Since then I have not only worked in restaurants, become a skilled cheesemonger and baker, but am also a regular food judge and writer.
I joined Wells CCT as a way to become part of the community, to get to know the town and its people and with a hope of contributing to its protection and prosperity at what seems to be a key time of change. In 2018 I joined the Board of Homes for Wells, who’s interests align very closely to those of WCCT.
My father was born in Wells and I spent most of my childhood weekends and summers here. In 1984 I returned from working overseas in the Middle East and moved in to the Old Custom House on the East Quay in Wells. Since then I have worked in various small businesses in the UK and Europe and, in 1997, my wife, Maddie, started a Bed and Breakfast business at the Old Custom House.
As a volunteer, I have been fortunate in having had the opportunity to work with some inspirational people and in some challenging and rewarding organisations here in Wells: The Campaign to Save Wells Hospital, Wells Community Hospital Trust, Wells Business Forum, Wells Area Partnership, RNLI Wells Lifeboat and The Quay magazine.
I joined the team of WCCT because I believe that it offers an important opportunity for the community of Wells to access funds and expertise to help to turn the threats of over-popularity as a tourist destination that currently face us into opportunities. I hope that I can help to bring these opportunities to fruition and, during the journey, to enthuse others to help us to find ways to keep Wells special.
I was originally trained as a lawyer but served for 36 years as a parish priest in Staffordshire and St. Neots in Cambridgeshire. I married into Wells in 1980 and, since 1989 have had a house here which enabled me to first take a kayak out to sea and then a sailing boat. Helena and I have lived here permanently since 2007, our children having grown up and gone away. We did for a while have a daughter at Alderman Peel. I have served on the Town Council since 2012 and have given time to writing about the history of the town. For as long as I am spared I hope to do some odd things in the town …and maybe some even things
I am married with two daughters and three grandchildren. I have always lived in Wells. The last twenty eight years of my working life was spent as Practice Manager at Wells Health Centre. Being involved in the local community has always been important and I was secretary to Wells Carnival for many years. After I retired I was elected onto the Town Council and in that role I have joined Wells a Dementia Friendly Town, Fair-trade Wells, The Safer Neighbourhood Area Partnership, the Patient Group at the Health Centre as well as Wells Coastal Communities team. I aim to help Wells keep its character, whilst moving forward.
I have lived in Wells most of my life, my family have a business on the quay and have seen all the changes Wells has gone through in the last 60 years, which have been very significant.
I am married with two daughters and four grandchildren. Over the years I have worked in the town and also out of town. I have run my own shop for 8 years, worked on Holkham Estate, for a local estate agents and in a local charity shop. Now retired, I am on the Town Council, Sheringham Shoal and the Coastal Communities Team.
I feel we are very lucky to have this opportunity to live in such a beautiful place but must heed future ideas very carefully so we do not lose what we have achieved. I wonder what my parents and grandparents would think of ‘Today’s Wells” and I hope they would approve and agree that it is a town to be proud of.
I’ve spent most of my career in recruitment, becoming CEO of Locum Group in 1997 and of Reed Health Group in 2002. I set up my own company, Kent Social Care Professionals, in 2006, and sold it in 2015.
Having developed a love for north Norfolk and above all, Wells, we moved here on my retirement in 2015. And never looked back! It’s the people who make it really special. I joined the congregation at St Nicholas church, am a volunteer on the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway and am a regular badminton player.
In October 2017 I became Chair of Homes for Wells. We now have a Board of twelve, hardworking and dedicated Trustees, all giving their time voluntarily. I also joined the Coastal Communities Team, to represent the interests of local people in – or hoping to get into – affordable housing.
I was born and raised in Wells. After completing teacher training, I settled in Bristol where I spent most of my career. I worked in inner city primaries. It was very rewarding work. I developed teacher training progammes and worked with head teachers in furthering their expertise. After a successful primary headship in Bristol, I moved back to Wells and took up a headship in King’s Lynn.
I raised three children and am fortunate to have my two daughters living close. My son lives in Bristol. I have three wonderful grandchildren who give me great joy. Having moved back to Wells I was able to support my mum. I became a town councillor and for a short time was Chair.
As change comes I want to help it have a positive effect and ensure that Wells retains, where possible, it’s charm and community and provides affordable homes and employment for local people.