Our People

Introducing the Team

Our people are our greatest asset and the work we do would be impossible without our incredible team. We are able to draw on professional experience from a diverse range of disciplines which brings a breadth of experiences and ideas, creating a robust, innovative process that values new ideas and challenges conventions. This blend of people and skills creates a unique approach to ensuring the best possible future for the woodlands and trees of Cumbria.



Angus has recently returned as an associate to Cumbria Woodlands having spent the last couple of years timber harvesting and restoring ancient woodland. He's been working in forestry and land management since graduating in Forestry (BSc) from Bangor. At Cumbria Woodlands, Angus focuses on new woodland establishment, woodland management and our woodlands advisory service. When not working in the woods, Angus can regularly be found (or not found) on a bike as he heads off into the wilderness to explore the lesser frequented parts of Scotland or beyond...


Deputy Director

Anne-Marie is the Deputy Director of Cumbria Woodlands and has over 20 years' experience as a consultant in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. She has worked predominantly overseas with humanitarian and international development organisations, providing data and technology, strategy, governance and project management expertise. Anne-Marie became interested in woodland creation and management after establishing her first woodland close to her home in North West Cumbria. In her spare time, she can be found running in the fells with her dog or sailing in the west coast of Scotland.


Graduate Forester

Bryce recently graduated from the University of Cumbria with a degree in forest management and is eager to expand his knowledge and skills as he establishes himself in the industry. Working on The Thirlmere Woodland Restoration Project, Bryce is delivering vital restoration work on some of the most important Ancient Woodland sites in the Thirlmere Valley. He is passionate about the sustainable management of woodlands and seeks to have a part in improving our natural spaces for future generations. Bryce is a keen drummer and also enjoys hiking, camping and climbing in his spare time.



Carrie is a consultant specialising in providing landowner advice, developing research, and authoring training materials in woodland creation and management. She is a PhD researcher looking at the habitat preferences and influence of climate on montane scrub trees. Carrie has worked for Forest and Land Scotland, then in roles at the University of Cumbria including teaching conservation strategies and ecology, various research and development roles in outdoor learning and nature connection, and interdisciplinary land management and policy as Development Officer at the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas.



Following a masters degree in Geology from Durham University Clare worked in Canadian exploration geology. Clare moved from rocks to water while working in flood risk and hydropower, before finally finding her home in the world of trees. Clare has worked for Cumbria Woodlands for nearly seven years (on and off!), providing project management consultancy. She also works in conservation for the Ancient Tree Forum. Her breadth of experience in delivering results for commercial projects brings decisive efficiency to the team. Outside work she is responsible for two small humans and a hundred houseplants. She is also a volunteer with Anti Racist Cumbria, and will mountain bike, run or climb when opportunities allow!



Ewen has worked throughout the outdoor sports sector delivering training and coaching in Cumbria. After accidentally becoming an editor and journalist he now combines the outdoors with marketing consultancy, supporting brands and businesses with their communications and strategy. With fifteen years working in the Cumbrian landscape, Ewen combines a love of mountains, valleys and woods with a knowledge of Cumbria's people and businesses. At Cumbria Woodlands, Ewen communicates loud and clear with the world about their great work; from social media to event promotion, writing, photos and videos. Outside of work he is likely to be found on a bike, on a crag or running in the fells (sometimes whilst carrying a bike...)."



Jamie trained as a furniture designer/maker, focussing on ecological design, sourcing and using local timber. He has worked as a community forest manager, overseeing harvesting, forest design planning and sawmill installation. For Cumbria Woodlands, he works with ancient woodland owners (including Plantation on Ancient Woodland Sites), looking at current practice and improvements to enhance ancient woodland resilience. He also supports owners with general woodland advice. Outside of Cumbria Woodlands, Jamie operates a sawmill producing sawn timber and beams and continues to make furniture. He is a skier, traveller and cyclist and has recently planted a small orchard and is looking forward to this coming into fruition.



Neville has accrued nearly 40 years in the sector, from the forest floor and then moving into arboriculture and management. A degree in forestry at the National School of Forestry followed, including a year with the Forestry Commission and study in Northern California. Whilst a post-grad at Edinburgh he worked in woodland management, writing management plans and developing native woodland creation schemes. He then moved on to work for the Institute of Chartered Foresters, developing forest policy, before coming to Cumbria Woodlands. Neville has non-executive roles with the Institute of Chartered Foresters and the Environment Agency and is a frequent guest lecturer and advisor to the National School of Forestry. When not at work he can be found enjoying the outdoors on his bike, canoe, skis or in his fell shoes, often with his family.


Chair of the Board

Richard is a consultant and European Manager for Impact International, based in Windermere. He has worked with corporate clients around the world developing leadership, teams and strategy with most sectors and at all levels of seniority. Living in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria he is an avid watcher of wildlife, outdoor enthusiast and fresh air freak. As Chair of Cumbria Woodlands he hopes to help the organisation grow and prosper in order to ensure their lasting commitment to the effective management of woodland in the county and to achieve their ecological and environmental goals.

Sian Atkinson

Board Member

Sian is a board member and is the senior outreach manager for Northern England at The Woodland Trust. The outreach team provide advice to landowners and work with partner organisations on creating new native woodland, and bringing ancient woods into restoration and sustainable long term management. Sian has worked for the Woodland Trust for a number of years in different roles, but ancient woods and their conservation have always featured in her work. She is particularly interested in the way that people have shaped the landscape and exploring ways for them to do this more sustainably in the future.

Tim Duckmanton

Board Member

Tim is a board member and the team leader for strategy and environment at the Lake District National Park Authority. He provides a crucial link between the Cumbria Woodlands team and the LDNPA. Tim's work covers the natural environment, historic environment, land management, nature and climate. He brings crucial insight from his own skills and experience along with the perspective of the National Park. Passionate about woodlands and using wood, when not at work you can find Tim either out on a bike, or wood carving with an axe, but not at the same time.

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