The Greensand Country Landscape Partnership has been formed by a range of partners in the area to work with landowners and local communities and help make Greensand Country a living and working landscape that is cherished by present and future generations.
The Greensand Country Landscape Partnership team is based at the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity offices in Cardington near Bedford. Our board is made up of representatives from our partner organisations and from the surrounding community.
Chair of the Board, born and raised in Greensand Country, Operations Director of Arnold White Estates in Leighton Buzzard involved in quarrying, development, landfill and renewable energy. Has a passion for the landscape that is the Greensand Country and enjoys walking, the countryside and playing cricket although his best playing days are well behind him.
Vice Chair of the Board. Director of Development for the Greensand Trust. Jon has spent 8 years working on the Greensand Ridge, with extensive experience in nature conservation, access and engagement, project development, project management, community planning and engagement, event management, volunteer management, charity governance, grant scheme development, grant assessment and fundraising
Jon has been Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity, the Accountable Body for GCLP, since 2014. He began his career in the arts sector before moving to BRCC where he has held a number of senior management roles. He has been closely involved in the development of the GCLP since 2011, and represents BRCC on a number of other local partnerships including the Bedfordshire Local Nature Partnership.
A civil engineer by training, Ali is now the CIO of Clophill Heritage Trust, a community volunteer led charity, which she founded in 2010. As a senior executive at Accenture she co-founded Accenture Development Partnerships to take business consultancy to a NGO audience in Asia. She has served as a school governor, parish councillor as well as sitting on several rural development boards within Bedfordshire. Ali joined the Board in February 2017.
John Comont is the Conservation Manager, Bedfordshire & Northamptonshire for the Wildlife Trust BCN. He has worked in nature conservation in Bedfordshire for more than 30 years with a long period as County Ecologist for Bedfordshire County Council. Wildlife conservation is supported by a wide network of statutory and voluntary bodies and over the years John has built strong links with many of these. Greensand Country has long been recognised as a unique and valued area for nature and John has been closely involved in the heathland, grassland and woodland elements of this project. In his spare time John is often to be found exploring obscure corners of the Country with his family or at home creating food and shelter for wildlife in his allotment and garden.
Mike is the Vice Principal of the Bedford College Group and Director of Shuttleworth College. He is committed to training and developing the skills and opportunities of all people in our region, particularly in countryside and heritage themed subjects. He is particularly focused on developing apprenticeships to provide a pool of young, highly qualified graduates who will be able bring their skills to improve our environment.
Caron Kendall is the Development Manager for the Federation of Small Businesses for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. She is a marketing, communications and public affairs professional with a wide range of experience in business engagement, event management, communications, economic development, tourism, local government, education and the voluntary sector.
Brian Kerr was trained as a soil scientist, and followed a career both overseas and in the British Isles in land feasibility and soil survey investigations. He has lived in Bedfordshire since 1987 and completed further studies at the Silsoe campus of Cranfield University. In 2009 he became a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield where he works on overseas and UK soil and land use records. In 2014 he published a book on Bedfordshire which explores its physical environment and land use. This initiative has led to numerous invitations to speak on Bedfordshire themes throughout the county and be involved in adult education, offering landscape interpretation courses each year in Bedford.
Lisa is a lifelong Greensand Country resident and is passionate about the area, its landscape, flora and fauna. She has 10 years’ experience in rural development funding programmes ranging from conservation and community green infrastructure projects to assisting small businesses and community assets to develop and grow. In her spare time, Lisa is a keen wildlife photographer and Morris dancer.
Andy retired in 2015 from Sustrans where for 10 years he was responsible for cycle route construction projects in the East of England. Prior to this, the large majority of his career was at Silsoe Research Institute where he assembled and managed UK Government, EC and commercially funded multi-partner development projects in the agriculture and food sector. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Member of the Association for Project Management and now enjoys local and long distance walking; he coordinates the Ivel Valley Walkers activity programme. Andy joined the Board in 2017 as a representative of the Luton and Central Bedfordshire Joint Local Access Forum.
Caroline is CBC Ward Member for Sandy and currently Deputy Executive Member for Libraries, Leisure and Countryside, also works part time for Virgin Atlantic Airways as a Flight Service Manager. As a ‘Greensand Country’ farmer’s daughter and studying at agricultural college she has a passion for the countryside and helping to promote it. In her spare time she can be found with her partner walking their 3 spaniels or whizzing off in their campervan exploring!
Landscape Planner with over thirty years experience of working in Bedfordshire, with expertise in landscape design and enhancement, habitat management, planning policy and development management. I have a particular interest in land restoration, the development of new green infrastructure, trees and woodland and have been leading on the Parkland Thread. My interests include gardening, poetry, yoga and guitar music – and I still enjoy camping, especially in western Scotland!
Corinne Price is the Swiss Garden & Grounds Manager at the Shuttleworth Trust, and has previously worked for both the National Trust and English Heritage. Corinne was actively involved with the delivery phase of two recent HLF projects to restore and revitalise historic gardens at Wrest Park and, in her current role, the Swiss Garden, where she has developed a new and exciting events programme and implemented new horticultural practices as part of an ongoing drive to build visitor numbers and create year-round interest in the garden.
Mark is a lifelong resident of Ampthill and a community activist. He has 16 years’ experience in funding and development work with the local charity Community Voluntary Service. He is an Ampthill Town Councillor of over 20 years and a past Mayor of the Town. He is also the chairman of Ampthill & District Good Neighbours and of Ampthill & Flitwick Timebank.