Bill is the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme Manager. His background is in nature conservation and access, and he has worked for Sussex and Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts and as South Downs Way National Trail Officer. He also has a keen amateur interest in landscape history and archaeology.
He wrote the successful bid for the QLPS and has been in Somerset getting to know the area and its people since 2018 – before that he was at the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB where he developed and delivered the Touching the Tide LPS. His first big lottery project was the Scapa Flow LPS in Orkney where he worked as a Project Officer, getting to play on WWII gun batteries and Neolithic henge sites. He’s also a keen cook.
Jon Barrett is the QLPS Community Engagement and Volunteering Officer. Jon has a background in arts management and most recently he has worked locally with Contains Art in Watchet alongside Onion Collective and the wider communities of West Somerset.
We’re excited to welcome Jon to the team and see his diverse experiences in community art, heritage, and digital development in the context of the Quantock Hills and our partners. As a young boy, Jon was a keen bird watcher and he continues to explore the natural environment with his passion for trail running.
Dan Broadbent is the QLPS Historic Heritage Officer. He grew up in Yorkshire before moving to Somerset 20yrs ago. He always loved history and wanted to be an archaeologist since first seeing Indiana Jones! He worked as a field archaeologist before moving to The Museum of Somerset where he spent seven years, most recently as Museum manager.
Most of his spare time is taken up with his 3 children, which might explain why he has recently taken up running – quite often on the Quantocks.
Jem is the Wildlife Officer responsible for delivering practical conservation works and nature-based events and activities, to explore and celebrate the natural heritage of the LPS area. Jem grew up in North Yorkshire but has recently moved to Somerset from Plymouth, fresh from completing her degree in Environmental Science at University of Plymouth.
Jem can often be found kayaking, scuba diving and exploring the countryside and is looking forward to getting stuck in with the LPS team and getting to know the Quantocks.
Vickie is the QLPS Project Support Officer responsible for communications, finance and administration of the project. Vickie grew up in Cheshire and moved to the Quantocks in 2016. With a lifelong interest in nature, conservation and agriculture she is keen to get involved in all aspects of the LPS.
When she is not busy working with the team she can be found with her native pedigree Beef Shorthorn cattle and 2 small boys or up on the hills with her Jack Russell Terrier Teasel.