Meet the Team
It is with great sadness that we announce that Michael Mounde, chairman of the Cranborne Chase AONB since 2014, died on Thursday 2 March at Odstock Hospital, Salisbury, after an illness.
Michael’s tenure with the AONB began in 2003, during which time he drove forward rural economy and access issues. He represented West Wiltshire District Council on the Partnership Panel until the formation of the Unitary Authority in 2009; he became vice-chairman of the AONB Partnership in 2010 and then chairman in 2014.
In addition, from 2012, he was an active member of the National Association for AONB board, helping the association achieve charitable status and focussing on policy and advocacy issues.
He was also Chairman of the Heart of Wessex (formerly Sowing SEEDS) Local Action Group which covers south Wiltshire and south Somerset, and of the Warminster and Villages Development Trust.
“Michael will be much missed by us all at Cranborne Chase,” said Linda Nunn, AONB director. “Michael was a central, driving force in all that we do. We will all miss his enthusiasm, his wise leadership and depth of experience as our chairman, while the AONB team especially will miss his humour, energy and great kindness."
Zam trained as a film editor and ran an independent television production company, KEO films, for 15 years until 2012. The "River Cottage" programmes, "Going to Extremes" and "Meet the Natives" were among the series produced by the company during his tenure. He now splits his time between serving on the Board of KEO, running a family vineyard near Itchen Stoke in Hampshire and helping an affordable self-build housing community interest company in Devon. He is also an active Trustee of the Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust.
He spent the first 50 years of his life in the idyllic headwaters of the River Itchen but moved to Cranborne Chase in July 2014 where the unspoilt landscapes and far-reaching views have rather usurped his love of rural Hampshire.
He sees working with the CCAONB team to preserve and enhance the character of the area - to ensure it retains a vibrant economy while not compromising its beauty and tranquility - as an urgent, fascinating and inspiring challenge.
Linda has worked in the field of countryside management in Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside before moving to Dorset as a Head Ranger in 1988. In October 2000, she started work, on behalf of the Local Authorities involved, to help develop the new AONB Partnership and Management Plan for Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Linda has hands-on experience of most of the practical countryside management skills, habitat management, Rights of Way work, visitor services, interpretation and environmental education. Having gained an MSc in Countryside Management, Linda will always insist that getting muddy wellies is the only real way to learn.
Project Development Officer
David's role is to develop landscape scale projects that meet the objectives of the Management Plan. He leads on land management issues and climate change and administers the grant scheme 'the Sustainable Development Fund'. He deputises for the AONB Manager as and when required.
David has a background in conservation biology, forestry and game management.
Funding and Partnerships Officer
Anne's first job was with Oldham and Rochdale Groundwork Trust, an urban fringe regeneration charity, carrying out habitat surveys and working with local communities to enhance their environments. She then fulfilled a lifelong ambition to visit Australia and worked as a volunteer in a National Park just outside Melbourne for several months. Upon her return to the UK, Anne became the first Countryside Management Officer for Purbeck District Council. Latterly Anne has worked for Dorset County Council as an Assistant Cycling Officer, South Somerset District Council as a Countryside Planner and for the Rural Community Council for Hampshire as a Community Resources Adviser.
Anne coordinates the exciting Parish Archive project, parish plans, visiting schools and local groups and generally gathering information about local services and resources to be put together in a useful form for everyone to use.
Landscape and Planning Advisor
Richard has an MSc in Conservation, and is a chartered landscape architect specialising in landscape planning and management. Richard has spent much of his career working with the Heritage Coast and AONB landscapes in and around Dorset and the south-west region. He has experience of the private sector as well as public service, and also combined consultancy with University lecturing for six years. He has particular interests in sustainable development and landscape character assessment, and in addition to policy formulation has provided landscape appraisals for Local Plan Inquiries and planning applications and appeals. Probably his largest project was the Wytch Farm Oilfield in the Dorset AONB. He helped co-ordinate the group of officers from the constituent Local Authorities for this AONB in its early days.
In the post of Landscape and Planning Advisor he has led on a landscape sensitivity study, run seminars, and works with planning protocol and landscape integration.
Shirley joined the AONB Team in June 2007, after working for property agents in Wimborne and a property management company in Fordingbridge, where she was the administrator.
She provides administration assistance to the Team, helped by the experience gained from being a Board Member with East Dorset Housing Association for nine years and working with Symonds and Sampson.
Shirley has a good knowledge of housing provision and planning issues, which are relevant topics in the work she currently undertakes.
Farm Conservation Advisor
Tracy is the South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project Adviser. She joined the team from the Chilterns AONB where she worked for 6 years as the Farming and Land Use Officer.
Tracy originally trained in Rural Estate Management at Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Devon. After two training years with the MOD and Cambridgeshire County Council she qualified as a Chartered Surveyor before moving into conservation working as a Countryside Stewardship Project Officer. A lengthy career break followed where she did various jobs including running ski chalets, working as a groom and travelling around the world for 2 years.
When she’s not working Tracy enjoys cooking, mountain biking, growing vegetables and walking with her dog Monty.
GIS, Website Design & Maintenance and Communications
Harry Bell has a background in Geography and Geomorphology, and specialised in Coastal Zone Management at University.
Harry has worked with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for over 15 years in a Local Government capacity and has acted as chair for the Dorset Countywide GIS User Group as well as performing Ordnance Survey Authority Liaison Officer duties.
He now runs a consultancy company - Jubilee Computing Services Ltd - providing GIS Services to various organisations including two AONBs. The company also specialises in website design and social media.