Meet the Team

AONB Team Members
Name: Details:
James Stanford OBE -
Chairman of the AONB Partnership
James Stanford

James Stanford is chairman of the AONB Partnership.

James provides guidance as to the direction taken by the AONB; to ensure it focuses on its key strategic task of conserving and enhancing the unique landscape within its boundaries and that it is economically and efficiently managed.

Linda Nunn -
AONB Manager
Linda Nunn

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 & West Wiltshire Downs 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.

David Blake -
Project Development Officer
David Blake

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 two small grant schemes: the Sustainable Development Fund and the Local Action Fund. He deputises for the AONB Manager as and when required.

David has a background in conservation biology, forestry and game management.

Anne Carney -
Funding and Partnerships Officer
Anne Carney

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.

Richard Burden -
Landscape and Planning Advisor
Richard Burden

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.

Jo Taylor -
AONB Support Officer
Jo Taylor

Jo moved to Dorset in 1998. Her previous jobs include supervisor at M.C.P.S (a music copyright company in London), a trainer for Arthritis Care and working in the care sector including Salisbury District Hospital

Shirley Merrick -
AONB Support Officer
Shirley Merrick

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.

Tracy Adams -
South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project Officer
Tracy Adams

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.

Harry Bell -
GIS Support Officer
Harry Bell

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 the AONB.