Meet the Team

Poppy fields
Lambourn poppy fields: Peter Orr

The AONB Team supports and works with the Management Working Group and the Council of Partners to:

  • provide a focus and central information base for the North Wessex Downs AONB
  • raise awareness of and promote the unique identity of the AONB
  • provide the strategic approach to deliver the North Wessex Downs AONB Management Plan
  • be a catalyst for and project-manage activities that deliver the Management Plan
  • provide planning advice to planning officers at the relevant local authorities and Natural England.

If you know who you need to contact see below.  For general enquiries call 01488 685440 or email:  info@northwessexdowns.org.uk

Henry Oliver, Director

Henry leads the AONB Team, working with the AONB Chairman, the Council of Partners and the Management Working Group.  He also represents the North Wessex Downs in national and regional protected landscapes forums.  Trained as a planner, he worked for urban and rural councils, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the New Economics Foundation and the Empty Homes Agency before arriving in the North Wessex Downs.  Among other stuff he works on heritage, landscape character, dark skies, water and forestry.  Having grown up in darkest North Devon, he still finds the big skies (and huge tractors) of the North Wessex Downs both exhilarating and slightly scary.

Mobile: 07786 173296
Tel: 01488 680454
Email: henryoliver@northwessexdowns.org.uk

Rebecca Davies, Principal Landscape and Planning Officer

Rebecca was raised in Wiltshire and has a strong interest in the rural environment having lived within or on the edge of an AONB since childhood, and being Welsh, it’s in her genes to love the countryside. After studying Geography she completed a Masters in Town and Country Planning and then started her career with Bath and North East Somerset Council as a Conservation and Planning Officer. Rebecca joined the North Wessex Downs team in November 2015 from South Derbyshire District Council where she was Area Planning Officer. At the North Wessex Downs her role is primarily to provide advice on the impact of development proposals on the AONB. In her spare time Rebecca loves being active and outdoors and can be found either walking with family and friends in the countryside, on a hockey pitch or out on the water kayaking.

Mobile: 07342 065552
Email:  rebeccadavies@northwessexdowns.org.uk

Corinna Woodall,  Senior Project Development & Funding Officer

Corinna joined us in June 2020. Originally from Yorkshire, Corinna did a joint degree in Geography and Biology. She subsequently worked for the legacy bodies to Natural England, latterly living and working in the North Wessex Downs. In 2001 she went to went to work for the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), taking the lead nationally on landscape and biodiversity and developing the Landscape Partnership Schemes. In 2010, she joined the North Wessex Downs AONB team (for the first time) as the Programme Manager for LEADER, leaving in 2012 to become Manager of the Tamar Valley AONB, she feels very privileged to have worked in such a special place and although sad to have left, is happy to have returned to family and friends and the North Wessex Downs. Corinna loves the countryside and in her spare time will be found out and about walking with her dogs, horse riding and you may even find her on the Kennet and Avon Canal on her Stand Up Paddle Board.

Email: corinnawoodall@northwessexdowns.org.uk

Jacky Akam, Project Officer

Jacky joined in January 2019 and works alongside Corinna, developing and delivering a range of priority projects that promote and enhance the landscape and heritage of the North Wessex Downs, helping to deliver the priorities of the Management Plan for 2019-2024. Her role includes planning, organising and running events to support the projects.  Recently, Jacky successfully completed the development of an HLF Landscape Partnership Scheme for the Chilterns AONB and previously spent 10 years working on landscape conservation in West Berkshire for the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust.  At the weekends, Jacky can often be found exploring the area by bicycle.

Mobile: 07788 360604
Email:  jackyakam@northwessexdowns.org.uk

Dawn Hamblin, North Wessex Downs LEADER Programme Manager

Dawn took up the position of North Wessex Downs LEADER Programme Assistant in June 2011 and since May 2012 has been the Programme Manager. She works to the NWD Local Action Group (LAG) which acts as the “board” and decision making body. Her main responsibilities are to provide advice and support to the LAG, manage the programme budgets and administration and to work with project holders to help ensure their projects are effectively delivered.
Dawn was born and raised in the Wiltshire end of the North Wessex Downs. After completing a geography degree and then working as a HR professional for 12 years she returned to Wiltshire in 2000 with her family. During an extended career break to look after her children she worked as a volunteer for local community organisations and charities. She loves the countryside, especially walking in her local patch around Martinsell and in Savernake and exploring further afield whenever she can.

Tel: 01488 680458
Email: dawn.hamblin@wiltshire.gov.uk

Susan Clarke and Claire McCorquodale, Partnership Coordinators (Job Sharing)

Susan and Claire joined the team in October 2016. Susan's background in local authority governance and administration is an ideal fit for taking on the role of Co-ordinator for the Council of Partners and the Management Working Group. Claire's background in IT and finance has led her to look after the finances of the team and develop the IT to meet the challenges ahead.


Email: susanclarke@northwessexdowns.org.uk   clairemccorquodale@northwessexdowns.org.uk 

Ann Shepley, Communications Officer

Ann's role within the AONB team encompasses all areas of communications including supporting project work.  She joined in October 2018 and her previous experience has included marketing and communications in this country and overseas, working in the arts, airline, and education sectors as well as local government.  Ann spends as much time as possible walking or cycling in the area and her perfect holiday would be taking up the challenge presented by a long-distance path.

Mobile: 07810 637387
Email: annshepley@northwessexdowns.org.uk

Usual working days: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday