Having moved to West Malling in 1978, Trudy joined the Parish Council, and then the County Council representing West Malling, East Malling and Larkfield. As Clerk and later Chairman of West Malling Parish Council, she has been pleased to be part of purchasing of the allotments, cricket meadow and Macey's Meadow as lasting open spaces for local people to enjoy.
On the County Council, Trudy's main interest is in schools, and she co-Chaired the KCC Education Committee. It was particularly great to start rebuilding new nursery schools, the first in Kent since WWII.
As a Borough Councillor, her main focus has been to campaign for the extension of the Green Belt to Wateringbury Road, ensure Leybourne Lakes remains a country park and is not over commercialised, and trying to get the best achievable solutions to the many traffic related problems of the area.