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.



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.


Finance Manager

Elaine joined Cumbria Woodlands to manage the finances and keep a close eye on the pennies!

As a CIMA qualified management accountant, she brings 25 years of finance experience gained across the private, public and charity sectors.

Outside of finance, Elaine loves going for long walks with her border collie and playing the piano while also completing a Royal Horticultural Society certificate in Horticulture alongside growing organic vegetables on her allotment.



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...)."


Graduate Forester

After running his own retail business for over 10 years, Graham made the switch and began a career in the forestry sector in 2017, initially as a tree planter and then as a foreman, overseeing a range of projects. Originally from Belfast, he moved to Cumbria in 2020, working as a tree surgeon, and is currently a post-graduate student at Bangor University, studying for an MSc in Forestry through distance learning. At Cumbria Woodlands Graham is working on the Woodlands Futures project, focusing on woodland creation and management advice across the county. When he isn’t working, you can find him out skateboarding or out exploring the Lake District with his wife and their dog.



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.


Project Manager - Woodland Futures

Lochlan is the Project Lead for the Woodland Futures project. He studied at the National School of Forestry at Newton Rigg and then worked in the private sector managing large commercial plantations on the west coast of Scotland. He then moved to Natural England, first working on Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier agreements and then as the project manager for the Tree Action Plan Delivery team. About working for Cumbria Woodlands, he says ‘this job couldn’t have come at a better time or be more suited to the things I love. Woodlands can give so much to Cumbria’s economy, its communities and nature. Leading this project puts me in a position to make a real difference.



Neville has accrued nearly 40 years in the sector. A degree in forestry led to a post-grad at Edinburgh where 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 guest lecturer at 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 and dog Floss.


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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