Welcomes and farewells

 In National Landscape updates

There have been a few changes to our management group and staff team recently, so we thought we’d give you an update…

Staff changes

At the end of last month, we wished James Maben a fond farewell. James did an excellent job leading Blackdown Hills Natural Futures and Culm Community Crayfish projects – both having a significant impact on our knowledge and understanding of the habitats and wildlife of the Blackdown Hills AONB, and our ability to care for them.

Sammy Fraser, has also moved on to pastures new, having done a fabulous job coordinating volunteering across the three Somerset Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We thank you both for all your hard work and wish you well in your future endeavours.


Steven Johnson joined the team recently. He will be managing our Connecting the Culm project and will lead a team to engage with local communities to co-create solutions to the challenges facing the River Culm and its catchment.

See a full list of our staff team

Blackdown Hills AONB team

Blackdown Hills AONB team

Management group

Following the recent local council elections, we have welcomed new members to our management group:

Cllr Colin Brown has replaced Paul Diviani as representative for East Devon District Council, although Paul will remain as Chair of the Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership.

Cllr Simon Clist will represent Mid Devon District Council, following the retirement of Frank Rosamond who has served on our management group for more than twenty years.

Cllr Ross Henley has replaced Cllr Dave Durdan to represent the newly formed Somerset West and Taunton Council.

Our thanks to Frank Rosamond and Dave Durdan for your involvement in steering the work of the Blackdown Hills AONB over the years. We wish you well for the future.

See a full list of current management group members

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