Roger with MP Sarah Wollaston at the launch of the 2014-2019 Management Plan

New AONB Manager appointed

Roger English has been appointed as the new Manager for the South Devon AONB Unit. Roger’s role will include managing the staff team,  coordinating action in support of the Management Plan for the area and ensuring that the AONB Partnership works effectively.

Roger has worked as the Project Officer within the AONB unit since 2003 developing and delivering a variety of projects, working closely with a wide range of local partners. Previously he worked as the Nature Development Manager and Head Countryside Ranger for Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. Earlier roles included working as a Natural Resource Assistant for the Nature Conservancy and US Federal Bureau of Land Management in the Coachella Valley, California.

“ I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to lead the Unit in the coming years. This is an exceptionally diverse part of Devon, packed full of interest and well deserving of its AONB status. I would like people who live and work in the area as well as those who visit it to appreciate what the area gives back to us all as much as I do and work with us to ensure it remains one of England’s finest landscapes during this period of change and beyond. 

We are delivering a wide range of programmes at the moment supported by a four year commitment from Government but there is a period of change with challenges and opportunities ahead. One of my priorities will be to work closely with the AONB Partnership to examine and develop new sources of funding and support to continue our valuable and relevant work into the future.”

The South Devon AONB was designated  56 years ago as one of England’s special places and is one of five AONBs in Devon.