Meet the team

Cannock Chase AONB has a small but enthusiastic team of staff that co-ordinates the business of the Partnership and works with a wide range of partners and representatives from across the area and beyond to deliver the AONB Management Plan.

Councillor Frances Beatty MBE - Chair of the Cannock Chase AONB Joint Committee

My working career has been spent advising, representing and lobbying for farmers and rural businesses, on land and asset management; taxation; law; planning; regulation; and environmental management. I was awarded Associate of the Royal Agricultural Society for services to agriculture in 2007. I branched out to run my own company specialising in project management, business training; strategic/business planning; evidence based research. I was awarded the MBE for services to business in 2008.

I’m an experienced NED. Amongst others I’ve served on Staffordshire Ambulance Service, Stafford & Rural Homes; Harper Adams University. I served on the Peak District National Park Authority for eight years, as Defra appointee. That experience has been immensely beneficial to my work with Cannock Chase Partnership, which I have chaired for the last three years. I am Cabinet member for Economic Development and Planning on Stafford Borough Council and represent the council on the Partnership.

I am also Staffordshire/Stoke Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) representative on Defra’s national Rural Sounding Board, campaigning for rural people to be treated equably; championing rural businesses; on promoting environmental issues; incorporating health and wellbeing. This chimes well with our management of Cannock Chase

I am very experienced in community engagement, managing volunteers, representing grass roots public opinion and championing people’s causes.

I’m an enthusiastic historian, trustee of the William Salt Library and the Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum. I love playing bridge; train trips with husband Mike; and child minding assorted grandchildren.
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Ian Marshall - AONB Development Officer

Ian keeps a strategic overview of the partnership’s activities and monitors the delivery of the statutory AONB Management Plan. He leads on visitor management, connecting with communities and business, communications and exploring the sustainability of the partnership.

Ian’s career in environmental conservation spans over 35 years. Most of this time has been spent in the public sector, initially as an ecologist and later managing multi-disciplinary environmental teams. In between times he managed a European ecological network project with partners in the UK, Italy and the Netherlands. Most recently he assisted the National Association for AONBs with the development of national environmental policy, particularly around nature recovery. He has also been supporting a charity on the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge to develop a long-term model for the protection of its magical landscape. Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
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Julia Banbury - AONB Landscape Planning Officer

Julia is a Chartered Landscape Architect with more than 30 years’ experience in the public, charitable and private sectors. She is responsible for responses to planning consultations on plans and development proposals affecting the AONB; providing advice on issues of landscape and visual impact. She also leads on work to develop landscape guidance to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the AONB and is the AONB’s representative on the Trent Sow Parklands HS2 Group. Julia also leads on landscape-related projects including Fixed Point Photography. She works part time, Tuesday to Thursday.

Julia has a background of design and implementation of public open space, urban regeneration, housing and commercial development, and highway improvements. During a period in private practice she gained experience of master planning, landscape and visual impact assessment and planning inquiry work. Before moving to the AONB Julia worked for Staffordshire County Council as Principal Landscape Officer, working on planning consultations, landscape character assessment and advising on mitigation for major infrastructure projects in Staffordshire.
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Richard Harris - AONB Land Management Officer

Richard leads on nature conservation and the historic environment. With partners he develops initiatives to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage features that make up the special qualities of Cannock Chase AONB. His role includes providing support to volunteers and overseeing the AONB Sustainable Development Fund which provides financial support for community projects to further the aims of the AONB Management Plan.

Richard has worked in the field of environmental conservation in the public sector for 17 years. He has practically managed and given technical direction across a broad range of habitats across the UK, managed multi-disciplinary environmental teams and biological records centres, and delivered both nature conservation and cultural heritage projects.  Notable successes include restoration of European dry heath and creation of upland oak woodland from a 34 Ha area of conifer plantation in the Dark Peak and working with planning to secure a green roof on the British Museum.
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Colin Manning – Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer

Colin’s role is to engage directly with farmers and land managers to advise and support them in applications that deliver positive outcomes for their land under the themes of Climate, Nature, People and Place through this Defra supported programme. He also manages all aspects of the programme

Colin has a wide range of experience spanning over 25 years in both the public and private sector. His career has included planning and delivering environmental conservation projects, community engagement and working with volunteers, environmental education and time as a Rights of Way officer. He also set up and ran his own outdoor learning business specialising in Forest School training and delivery in addition to advising, designing and delivering practical habitat improvements.
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