Meet the team...

Chris Edwards AONB Manager
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.
cedwards@somerset.gov.uk
Iain Porter Development Officer
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 and management of the Landscape funds such as the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme.
iporter@somerset.gov.uk
Communications and Support Officer - Amanda Sampson
The Comms Officer role deals with all aspects of communications, including producing newsletters, annual reports, managing public relations, social media and media enquiries, events and the maintenance of the website.  The role also includes administration, finance, procurement and the day to day running of the Quantock Hills Office, supporting the other officers and rangers in their roles.
asampson@somerset.gov.uk
quantockhills@somerset.gov.uk
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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.
apmeletiou@somerset.gov.uk
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.
vjones@somerset.gov.uk
aonbvolunteer@somerset.gov.uk
Quantock Hills Rangers Owen Jones and Andy Stevenson
Ranger - Andy Stevenson (Left)
The Quantock AONB Ranger is a full time role working 'on the ground' to help conserve and enhance the Quantock Hills.  Andy works closely with landowners, farmers and local authorities to ensure good countryside management practices and develop strong relationships with partnership organisations.
apstevenson@somerset.gov.uk
Partnership Ranger - Owen Jones (Right)
The Partnership Ranger is a full time role shared with the Forestry England, working 'on the ground' to help conserve and enhance the Quantock Hills.  Owen works closely with landowners, farmers and local authorities to ensure good countryside management practices and develop strong relationships with partnership organisations.
ojones@somerset.gov.uk
Landscape Project Officer - Katie Read
The Landscape Project Officer is responsible for delivering the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme and the Greater Quantocks Landscape Development Fund.  This includes promoting the schemes, working with farmers and land managers to develop projects, supporting the Local Assessment Panel, and delivering landscape projects.
CZRead@somerset.gov.uk

Landscape Project Support Officer - Vickie Sellick

Vickie manages the administration and communications for the grants and funds delivered through the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme and Greater Quantock Landscapes Development Fund.

vsellick@somerset.gov.uk

Meet the QLPS team...

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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: 

https://www.quantockhills.com/reimagining-the-manor-scheme

The Manager heads up a 4 person team of specialist QLPS officers. 

wjenman@somerset.gov.uk

qlps@somerset.gov.uk

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Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme

Project Support Officer - Vickie Sellick

The Support Officer role is responsible for the QLPS’ day to day communications on the QLPS website and on social media, as well as helping to organise and administer the events and activities.  Also the vital behind the scenes finance work to raise and pay orders and invoices.

vsellick@somerset.gov.uk

qlps@somerset.gov.uk

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Community Engagement & Volunteering Officer - Jon Barrett

Jon will have the key outreach role within the team, responsible for leading our events and activities programmes, both for the general public and those specifically for disadvantaged communities and individuals.  He will also be overseeing all the volunteering recruitment and activity within the LPS, working alongside Verity the Quantock & Blackdown Hills Volunteer Coordinator.   Jon comes from a community arts background which adds a new skillset to the LPS and AONB team.

jlbarrett@somerset.gov.uk

Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme

Historic Heritage Officer - Dan Broadbent

Dan will lead on all the archaeological and historic buildings work for the LPS.  He will also have a major role in leading our archival work, looking at historic records held at the Somerset Heritage Centre to better understand and interpret the manorial history of the area.

dbroadbent@somerset.gov.uk

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Wildlife Officer - Jemma Gibson

Jem is the Wildlife Officer responsible for delivering practical conservation works and nature-based events and activities, to explore and celebrate the natural heritage of the Landscape Partnership Scheme area.  

JJGibson@somerset.gov.uk

Our Volunteers...

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Volunteers
Last year our volunteers provided 2,140 hours of activity with over 100 volunteers undertaking a wide range of tasks including visitor management, heritage surveys, wildlife habitat work, litter clearing, wildlife surveying and community wellbeing activities.
 
This forms a vital element in AONB Service delivery and provides an important link with local communities. Our core team and AONB partnership members deeply appreciate the energy, hard work and commitment of all our volunteers.