There have been several changes in our team here at CtC in the last months, and although the work goes on unchanged we’d like to let you know about those who have left and those who have arrived!

Steven Johnson, CtC Project Manager since the very start in summer 2019, has just taken up a new post with the Environment Agency working on Natural Flood Management across Devon and Cornwall. It’s a great move for him, building on the good work he’s done on the Culm and applying his skills across a wider area, as well as giving him the opportunity to work in his native Cornwall! We’re going to miss his extensive knowledge and skills in catchment management, as well as his cheerful approach to life, and we wish him well in his new role. It’s possible that he’ll still be active in the Culm catchment with his EA hat on, so we look forward to welcoming him back.

Steven’s role is being filled for the remainder of the Co-Adapt stage of the project (ie to December 2022) by three part-time team members, each picking up a specific part of his workload: James Maben is taking on Co-Adapt reporting and evaluation; Dominic Acland will be developing the Blueprint; and Cat Farnell joins our existing comms, engagement and co-creation team (made up of Sarah Ward, Ella Chambers and Anna Seal from the WRT). They will be working closely with Tim Youngs, Blackdown Hills AONB Manager, to keep everything ticking, and you’re likely to see them at meetings or events over coming months.

The other loss to the team was Daniel Halford, our Farm Advisor, who has also taken a job with the Environment Agency working on nature-based solutions. Daniel’s a local lad from a farming background who knows the patch well and has got to know it even better as he’s worked with farmers and landowners on nature-based solution pilots on their land. Daniel was employed by Westcountry Rivers Trust and his role is being filled by Corrie Grafton, Natural Capital Advisor, and supported by Mia Bryant, Zoe Smith and John Hunt.

Finally, a welcome addition to the team is Lucy Jefferson, who joins us in the new role of Culm Catchment Officer, focusing on increasing flood resilience in six particularly vulnerable target areas within the catchment. Read more about her role here.