Councillor John Fuller, DCN Chairman

I was born in Great Yarmouth and have lived in Brooke near Norwich with wife Philippa and two daughters Susan and Laura since 1997.

At University in Reading, I gained a first-class degree in Agriculture [1990] and later in 1995 a Nuffield Scholarship to study advanced farming techniques in the United States.

From 1998-2011, I was a Director of family firm of J & H Bunn in Great Yarmouth established as fertiliser manufacturers and agricultural merchants for over 190 years. Following sale of that business to new owners in March 2011, I am now responsible for managing the sellers’ remaining business interests.

I was first elected to South Norfolk Council in 2003 and led local Conservatives to take control of The Council in 2007 and in 2017 became Chair of the DCN

Paul Shevlin, chief executive Craven District Council, vice-chairman DCN Chief Executives' Group

Paul Shevlin, Chairman of the Chief Executives’ Group

Paul Shevlin is the current Chair of the DCN Chief Executives’ Group and the Chief Executive of Craven District Council since 1 December 2008.

The work that Paul has undertaken at Craven has seen a remarkable turnaround in the council’s financial position, reducing the net budget by over 34%, with a similar reduction in staffing and reducing management costs by over 40%, in an intensive and challenging few years.

Paul chairs the Prevent Board for North Yorkshire and York. Committed to partnership working Craven now has shared IS, internal audit, strategic housing, parking enforcement, and a shared office with NYCC with reception, facilities management, cleaning services etc. shared on site.

He was Chief Executive at Oswestry Borough Council for 8 years. Paul is a former Chair of the Local Strategic Partnership (Shropshire Partnership) and represented both the LSP and the Regional Chief Executives Group on the West Midlands Rural Affairs Forum. He chaired a regional group looking at affordable housing on behalf of WMRAF.

He has a proven track record of delivering culture change, partnership working and introducing efficiencies.

He is married with three children and a delightful granddaughter and now living more than 70 miles from Old Trafford feels he can be properly called a Manchester United supporter! He is a follower of most sports – especially football and cricket.