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Members

The Dorset Local Access Forum has 21 members - 18 independent members and 3 representatives of Dorset County Council, Bournemouth and Poole Borough Councils.

The table below lists the current members, the areas of interests they represent and their term of office.

NameBackground
Paul Tomlinson Chartered engineer. Aims improving access to and enjoyment of the access network for people with disability
Ben Rayner

I work for the Environment Agency as the Dorset Catchment Coordinator. My role is to work with local people and organisations to improve the health of the waters of Dorset. As part of this role I sit on a number of partnerships and groups including the Wild Purbeck Nature Improvement Area (NIA), Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and the Poole Harbour and Stour Catchment Partnerships. Previously I have worked as a Greenspace Development Officer. I was also a Secretary of State appointed Member of the Peak District National Park Authority. I have much experience of working with, and volunteering for, the third sector and delivering projects which promote sustainable access in both a rural and urban environment.

I am a keen walker, cyclist and a regular user of the Rights of Way of Dorset. This includes for both recreation, such as hiking along the coast path or walking the Stour Valley Way, and as a mode of transport - be it cycling with my children to their school or nipping out to the shops. As the father of two young children I do much of my walking and cycling with my family  - this has given me a good understanding of what makes a path network family friendly.

Judy Windwood

I have a degree in planning. Developed an interest in issues around access and land uses. Moved to Poole in 1978 and worked in the policy planning team there. After a break, I worked at North Dorset followed by East Dorset, for a few years before retirement. 

I worked with the then cycling officer at Dorset County Council (DCC) to set up the North Dorset Cycleway and with the rangers, ensuring policies were in place to allow development of the Spetisbury to Charlton Marshall trailway and then the North Dorset Trailway. I've also worked closely with DCC on transport generally but with a particular interest in cycling. I became the Wimborne coordinator for Dorset Cyclist's Network after I retired. 

I enjoy walking anywhere but prefer cycling on road or trailways. I'm really interested in getting people to walk and cycle in preference to using cars for as many journeys as possible as well as for leisure.

Lee Hardy

Key Interests Access - walking, cycling, waterbased activities, environmental matters.

Retired military officer now advising, via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK Overseas Territories on maritime enforcement matters and countering Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing.  I previously spent two and a half years in the British Indian Ocean Territory in a leadership role managing all aspects of access in, and to the Territory, large environmental programmes and bio security of the highly sensitive environment. I hope to be able to deploy my experience of strategic management to the benefit of the Local Access Forum, while championing access to the exceptional Dorset countryside and coast for those less able and for young people.

Phil Stuckey

National Trust Ranger
Graham Bryant

Background is in Environmental improvement and amenity provision. Previous roles have included: Project Officer / Project manager / Assistant Director of the Great Western Community Forest Project; Senior Adviser and team manager with Countryside Commission / Agency; Dorset AONB manager; Senior Adviser and team manager with Natural England.

My roles have included creating new access routes and accessible green space; management of National Trails; project development and partnership working.

I am passionate about the importance of accessible open space and access to the countryside and have a particular interest in the greening of the built environment.

Donald Nutt

Retired Chartered Civil Engineer - majored on Transport Systems Planning in and alongside local authorities, Government and private sector clients. Latterly working on projects to demonstrate that traffic can be reduced through simple yet useful social marketing techniques, helping the Government to introduce a programme of such work (now known as sustainable transport) across the country.

A Rotarian and a walker (Ramblers) with an interest in local heritage, wildlife (Dorset Wildlife Trust), birds (RSPB) and the natural realm I have worked voluntarily with Borough of Poole Council on public rights of way in central Poole of and on across the last 6 years. In 2010 I led a condition survey and reported on 160 or so paths with little if any protection in the long term, despite their long term existence. There are many more vulnerable paths in Poole which if not investigated and protected could be extinguished and not available for the public to use.

I am more worried today about this issue as Councils are: extremely slow to do anything at all to protect these paths; and handing over their responsibilities for the public realm in our cities to the developers.

Some of the paths in Poole that everyone would assume are rights of way, even some of those within recent developments, have no protection whatsoever in the public interest.

As a type 2 diabetic with a heart condition this last 20 years I am also acutely aware of the need for people to exercise and keep active, and for organisations such as ours to promote active travel with as much vigour as we can summon up.

  • better marketing of public rights of way
  • preventative benefits of outdoor activity for public health
  • public rights of way in urban contexts
Dr Graham Birch I am a farmer/landowner. I have two farms in Dorset; one in Winterborne Whitechurch and the other in Winterborne Stickland. In total these farms are about 2,200 acres. The farms are criss-crossed by various public footpaths and bridleways. I am interested in finding better ways to balance the needs of public access with the pragmatic commercial needs of farmers. Our farm in Winterborne Stickland provides holiday accommodation to the public.  This farm lies within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and I believe more could be done to promote this area.
Dr Green

I have owned land designated as a site of special conservation interest (Site of Special Scientific Interest) with open access and public rights of way. I was the footpath Secretary for the South Dorset Ramblers and have previously served on the Dorset Local Access Forum.

My interests include long distance walking, dog walking, rural and particularly coastal access, planning and access from new developments.

I hope to help the Local Access Forum increase its influence with planning authorities, Natural England and the big landholders.

I will support the Local Access Forum making its views known to a much wider audience than is currently the case.

Richard Burke

Currently Work for the Forestry Commission as District Recreation and Public Affairs Manager, South England Forest District.

Professional role - co-ordination and development of recreation and public affairs in Southern England Forest District establishing clear strategic direction for local teams based upon the Forest District Strategic and Business Plans. Lead on Community Engagement for South Forest District.

Personal interests - off road cycling, walking and coastal fishing. Professional interest in recreation and access across the public forest estate and other countryside access opportunities.

Member of Institute of Chartered Foresters, member of New Forest Leader Local Advisory Group. Work with wide range of stakeholders and partners in the environmental and countryside access and tourism sectors in Hampshire and Dorset.

Joined the Forum to widen my understanding of recreation and access issues and opportunities across Dorset. As District Recreation and Public Affairs Manager I have tactical/strategic responsibility for access and recreation on public forest estate in Dorset so hope to be able to share good practice and help people understand the work of the Forestry Commission.

John Grantham

Dorset Cyclist Network (DCN) Co-ordinator for Christchurch - contribute to DCN and Bournemouth Cycle Forum (BCF) meetings.

On Dorset Local Access Forum I hope to represent the needs of people who cycle/who would like to cycle. I am also interested in other forms of active and sustainable travel including community and public transport and passionately believe in the value and need for equality of access for all.

I am a Passenger Transport Officer for Bournemouth Borough Council specialising in home to school transport for children with Special Educational Needs.  This job requires me to efficiently match capacity with demand while balancing costs with the individual needs and capabilities of passengers and staff.

I am also interested in how technological developments such as mobile communications and social media can support equality of access.

James de Bertrand My personal and professional interests are rooted in landscape and the environment.  I grew up in Guernsey and have spent most of my adult life in Dorset and am particularly passionate about coastal landscapes. I am a user of public rights of way as a walker, cyclist, dog walker, and runner.  Public rights of way enable safe, healthy and sustainable means of access and recreation in the daily lives of myself and my family, and positively shape how we experience the local landscape and natural world. I am Chartered Landscape Architect working in the private sector. My professional work has provided me with experience of projects in a broad range of locations, each with their own unique combination of characteristic elements and human influences. As a member of the forum I hope to be able to contribute to the vital work of unlocking landscapes to enable opportunities for healthier lifestyles, foster custodianship of the environment and enhance habitats and natural systems.
Amanda Wallwork

A visual artist whose work focuses on landscape, archaeology and geology.

Curator - developing and managing arts and environment projects. Aim to improve links between public rights of way and sustainable transport, for example public buses, to improve opportunities for sustainable transport between settlements and out into the countryside.

Jan Wardell Dorset Area Footpath Secretary Ramblers Society RA, trustee/committee member of North Dorset Trailway Network.  Aims to highlight the health benefits of walking, promote walkers rights and responsibilities and foster good relationships with farmers, landowners and custodians of the countryside.
Andrew Gillett I am a solicitor with the CLA (Country Land and Business Association). I work predominantly on public rights of way and access issues and also various aspects of liability owed by landowners.  I am on the Stakeholder Working Group on Unrecorded Public Rights of Way and represent the CLA on the Rights of Way Review Committee.  I believe it is important to work with landowners and to engage with them to ensure good understanding and co-operation.
Christopher Chaffey Retired tenant farmer with extensive experience in managing and maintaining access land and public rights of Way. Aims to further the huge benefits of access to our wonderful countryside in balance with defining and supporting the interests of those whose livelihood depends on it.                        
Angela Pooley

I am Co-ordinator for East Dorset Friends of the Earth, a Board Member of the Dorset Local Nature Partnership, a Trustee of Bournemouth 2026, an active member of Bournemouth Cycling Forum, and a co-opted member of the Bournemouth Local Development Framework and Environment and Transport Scrutiny Panel. These roles have given me a good knowledge of council planning procedures and I understand the potential pressures caused by the public on sensitive sites. I also fully appreciate the benefits to all of us gained by visiting natural areas; this is especially true for those people that live in urban areas.

I care passionately about the natural environment, regularly walk and cycle in the Dorset Countryside and do voluntary conservation work for Dorset Wildlife Trust. As a keen amateur naturalist I know the importance of properly managed areas used for public access. I also recognize the benefits to the health & wellbeing of individuals obtained by accessing the countryside for recreation as long as this is done in a responsible and sustainable way, with the priority being on ensuring any negative impacts are kept to a minimum.

Sue Lees Equestrian
Councillor Shortell Dorset County Council
Councillor Smith Bournemouth Borough Council
Councillor Hadley Poole Borough Council


Dorset Local Access Forum (DLAF) members can be contacted via Tara Hansford.

Dorset Local Access Forum Co-ordinator

Name: Tara Hansford
Email: t.s.hansford@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 221779
Full details for Dorset Local Access Forum Co-ordinator

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