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The Charity has a small enthusiastic and energetic homeworking staff team who together bring over 60 years experience of working with our outstanding landscapes.
Amber Carter – Membership and Office Manager
Amber has a passion for the environment, a degree in Environmental Biology and years of conservation volunteering experience. She joined the National Association for AONBs team in 2012. Prior to this she was employed by Wildlife Trusts Wales and Environment Wales.
Her other previously held roles in both the charitable and private sectors are varied and include experience in IT, office management, administration, finance and customer service.
Her current role facilitates the needs of the NAAONB team and the collaboration of the AONB Family.
Jill Smith – Communications and Events Manager
Jill started her career teaching English as a foreign language in Scandinavia. There, she was able to combine her love of languages with “friluftsliv” – literally free air life – what we would call the great outdoors.
On return to England she worked in the private sector for an events’ and travel company in Piccadilly Circus for 4 years. Seeking a challenge, she set up her own business organising conferences throughout the world. For 3 years she lived in North America where she took every opportunity to visit the US National and State Parks. She joined the NAAONB in 2000 and produced her first AONB Conference, providing the opportunity to the AONB family to come together and discuss the challenges ahead collectively.
Jill leads on our internal and external communications programme, using traditional, social and electronic media to good effect, getting information about the AONB Family out to those who can make a difference to the current and future wellbeing of our AONBs. She is also our Charity and Company Secretary.
Jill has a double honours degree in Norwegian and French, a passionate interest in communicating with people and supporting them, and actively promotes joint working and understanding.
Howard Davies – Chief Executive
Howard is passionate about the natural environment. Before he took up his current role in 2010 he was Director of Wildlife Trusts Wales.
His career started in farming, before moving into the private sector working in research and development. After a period of extensive travel, he came back to the UK to work for various practical conservation focused organisations in the third and public sector, before moving on to work within the Countryside Council for Wales’ Protected Landscapes team. He is Honorary Vice President of the North Wales Wildlife Trust, and an appointed Board Member of Natural Resources Wales.
Howard has a degree in Natural Sciences with Biology, a passionate interest in the relationship between people and place and actively promotes collaboration and consensus building. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Howard has been actively engaged in his local community for over twenty years and volunteers with many organisations, charities and businesses.