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Trunk Networks is a business ISP and Cloud Services Provider

Meet the mugs (lovely ones) behind the madness

Here’s the lovely team at Trunk Networks and the people you’ll talk to throughout your whole journey with us.

Darren Elsom

Darren Elsom

Darren has been working in IT since the late 90s and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of technical service delivery. As one of Trunk Networks’s Directors his role is varied, and he gets involved with most aspects of running the business.

Away from work Darren likes to listen to music and enjoys walking the family dog. He enjoys watching boxing, rugby, and MotoGP and lately has taken up golf. He’d also like to play guitar like Tony lommi but he’s finally realised that he can’t really play the guitar that well!

Drew Marshall

Drew Marshall

Drew is the other director of Trunk Networks and heads up our network team. We won’t go into the nitty gritty of his job but basically his work interests mostly involve boxes with flashing lights (who doesn't love a flashing light?) and moving data from one place to another in the shortest amount of time.

Out of work Drew can often be found in a field as a local Scout leader or sometimes chasing a miss hit golf ball. He is also a fan of many sports, especially motor sports (watching more than playing). And, through his now grown-up children, he is also a fan of women's sport, especially rugby which both daughters play to a high standard.

Lisa Hewitt

Lisa Hewitt

Lisa is the Customer Success Executive at Trunk Networks. Having worked in customer service for over 20 years she is very much a people person, a passionate employee and firm believer that a positive attitude goes a long way.

In her spare time, Lisa can be found down her local pub (lockdown allowing!) or enjoying a stroll on the beach. She is a keen tennis buff (watching not playing) and also appreciates watching a bit of rugby. She’s recently discovered the fun that can be had with her new virtual reality headset and loves getting lost in another universe.

Phill Smissen

Phill Smissen

Phill is our Software Development Manager at Trunk Networks which means he gets to look after the ‘fun’ stuff like integrating all our systems so that they work seamlessly together.

When our Phill isn’t glued to a computer screen, he’s a keen mountain-biker/road-biker, runner and also enjoys Formula 1 and watching international rugby. If that wasn’t enough, he’s kept super busy with his two young children Eddie and Hollie.

Tracey Marshall

Tracey Marshall

With years of experience in accounts and back office functions, Tracey heads up the accounts department at Trunk Networks and prides herself on delivering and achieving the best customer service she can to both staff and clients.

Married with two girls, family is everything to our Tracey. Away from work she devotes her free time to netball and even runs a local netball league. She’s also often found pitch or field-side watching her talented daughters pursue their sporting dreams in both rugby and netball.

Oli Robison

Oli Robison

Oli is our Senior Engineer at Trunk Networks so he may be the one you meet if having your broadband installed or chat to if you want to go through any technical problems on the phone with us. He’s a lovely chap (we have to say that of course 😊) and will do his utmost to help anyone.

In his spare time, just like our director Drew, Oli is a Scout leader so loves all things outdoorsy, walking and camping and the like. He also enjoys travelling and spending time with his wonderful family.

Our favourite but random fact about Oli that he wants you to know – he doesn’t like cats but he loves cake (come on Oli, who doesn’t love cake!).

Ben Cyster

Ben Cyster

Ben is another one of our Support Engineers at Trunk Networks so, just like Oli, you may have the pleasure or meeting him if you’re getting your broadband installed with us, or he’ll be the guy you discuss any technical issues with on the phone.

In his spare time Ben enjoys spending time with his family. His main hobbies are playing computer games and fishing (his biggest catch yet is a 12lb Carp).

Matt Elsom

Matt Elsom

You may have guessed from the surname, but Matt is our director Darren’s son. He’s another one of our Support Engineers at Trunk Networks but, unlike all our other staff members, Matt is the only one that doesn’t live locally (*GASP IN HORROR*). Not satisfied with just moving a few miles away from his family, Matt lives in the windy city of Chicago in the USA. While he may not admit he misses his Sussex lifestyle, his relocation does cheekily allow us to offer 24/7 technical support thanks to the time difference, so we’ll let him off.

In his spare time Matt’s hobbies include Formula 1, chess and virtual racing with his brothers.

Matt Nicholson

Matt Nicholson

Matt is the latest addition to the Trunk Networks team, employed as our new tech support go-to guy. Having worked in IT for over 20 years he has plenty of experience with lots of technical systems and hardware (we promised you we never use jargon so we won’t go into detail 😊).

In his spare time Matt loves socialising with friends and family and getting outdoors for plenty of countryside and woodland walks. He’s also a bit of a sports lover - especially when it comes to motorsport, rugby and golf.


About the Company

Formed in 2008, Trunk Networks is the result of the merger of two businesses. One was a virtual ISP and the other was providing Hosted Cloud Desktops and I.T. Support.

We believed then, as we do now, that because of the advances in connectivity, businesses would be able to either extend the workloads on their private network in to the data centre or move their physical servers from “On Premise” in to the data centre. Utilising services in data centres (either public / private / hybrid) began gaining real ground when the likes of Amazon AWS entered the space and the “Cloud” was born.

We provide solutions to our clients to help them make the most of Cloud based services, whether that be a VoIP solution, Hosted Desktop (Desktop as a Service), Software Solutions (Software as a Service), Office 365, Active Directory Integration etc.

Having complete control over our own network enables us to deliver innovative, and often complex, connectivity solutions. A great network means that we can design and deliver I.T.solutions that as well as delivering a good return on investment, enables our clients to be more agile, more productive, and more profitable.

Trunk Networks has ambitious plans over the next few years. We have already upgraded our core network to 100Gbps and have recently announced that we have selected CityFibre as a partner to deliver Full Fibre broadband to the people of Adur & Worthing, and Eastbourne. Our new consumer broadband company No One Internet will be the vehicle to deliver these exciting new services. Our gaming broadband Leetline continues to deliver high bandwidth, low latency, low jitter connections to a growing number of online gamers.

We ought to clear up the story behind Trunk Networks and how a Sussex based company ended up being registered in Scotland. If you search for Trunk Networks on Companies House you will see that we are a Scottish Company. The story behind this one is that one of our Director's relatives is an accountant in Scotland. When we were starting Trunk Networks we asked our Scottish accountant to register a new business called Trunk Networks. Of course being a Scottish accountant he duly sent the company registration forms off to Edinburgh and the rest is history. Nothing wrong with being a Scottish company of course but we are very much local in East Sussex!

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