The Connecting the Culm project is managed by Blackdown Hills National Landscape and is overseen by a steering group, representing the organisations funding the project or providing in-kind support.

Devon County Council. National Trust. Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mid Devon District Council. Environment Agency

Meet the team

Tim Youngs
Tim YoungsProject Director
Tim is the Project Director for the Connecting the Culm project and the Manager of the Blackdown Hills National Landscape partnership. The Blackdown Hills National Landscape (the new name for Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is one of 34 nationally designated landscapes, alongside National Parks.

Tim’s role is to take an overview of the project and work closely with the whole team to make sure the project is on-track in terms of budget and work programme. Keeping an eye on the future and ‘horizon scanning’ for future funding is also important, along with an on-going assessment of risks to the project and the team dynamics. Tim reports directly to the project Steering Group that is made up of funders, key partners and members of the AONB Partnership Management Group.

Lucy Jefferson
Lucy JeffersonCulm Catchment Officer
The Culm Catchment Officer is a new post created as part of the Devon-wide Devon County Council project called “Managing Big Problems in Small Places”. Lucy will be working with local landowners and communities in six target locations across the Culm catchment (Halberton, Culmstock, Hemyock, Weaver, Lyner and Kentisbeare) to identify areas requiring improved flood resilience and potential opportunities for nature-based solutions to help reduce flooding.

Lucy has previously worked for Natural England as a Farm Adviser and grew up in the Culm Valley.

Dominic Acland
Dominic AclandPartnership Support
Dominic’s role is to support the development of the Blueprint and the process of engaging people with it, especially organisations and community groups.

Dominic’s background is in countryside management and connecting people with nature. He specialises in project development, community-based enterprises and fundraising for social and environmental purposes.

Clare Groom
Clare GroomCommunications Officer
Clare’s role is to provide communications advice and support for the Connecting the Culm project and help promote the work of the project through Blackdown Hills National Landscape’s communication channels including the website, e-newsletter, events guide, print and broadcast media, and social media.