Meet the team...
AONB Manager - Chris Edwards
The role of Manager encompasses a wide range of activities that include: Day to day management of the team, developing AONB policy, commenting on behalf of JAC on statutory consultations and ensuring good working practices with all partnerships.
Development Officer - Iain Porter
The role of a Development Officer is varied and includes, the planning and development of the AONB Service projects that will implement the action points from the Management Plan. This will include sourcing funding for many of the projects. Other responsibilities include ICT support and the management of the Quantock Hills Landscape Development Fund.
Landscape Planning Officer - Alex Meletiou
With AONB's being a landscape designation it is important to have a role who can influence policy on planning in and around the AONB. This post develops guidance on planning and links with the local planning authorities to ensure that any development is sensitive to the needs of the AONB landscape.
Communications and Support Officer - Amanda Sampson
The Officer role deals with all aspects of communications. This includes producing newsletters, annual reports, managing public relations and media enquiries and managing our website which is the first point of contact for many visitors. Also this role includes administration, finance and the day to day running of the Quantock Hills Office, supporting the other officers and rangers in their roles.
Nature and Wellbeing Officer - Kristen Lambert
This role covers the Quantock Hills AONB, the Blackdown Hills AONB and the Mendip Hills AONB. It aims to tackle some of the barriers that prevent particular groups experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits that Somerset's AONBs have to offer. Kristen's role is to link existing provisions across Somerset as well as to set up new activities and events.
Volunteer Co-ordinator - Verity Jones
The Volunteer Co-ordinator role is shared within the Quantock Hills AONB and Blackdown Hills AONB to increase and manage the volunteering opportunities within the two AONB's. The Co-ordinator will be looking for new ways forward for the volunteers on the hills and enhancing the linkages with the existing volunteer groups.
Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme Manager - Bill Jenman
The £2.6m, five year Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme (QLPS) started in spring 2020. The Manager has overall responsibility for seeing that all the different projects are delivered and targets met, keeping the budget on track, and liaising with the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other funders. The manager reports to a governing Partnership Board. For more details see:
The Manager will head up a 4 person team of specialist QLPS officers.
Recruitment for the rest of the team is currently underway.