The AONB Partnership is an umbrella term comprising all of those bodies and individuals that work together to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Malvern Hills AONB. A formal governance structure exists to facilitate this joint working and, in particular, to ensure that the AONB Management Plan is produced, implemented and reviewed. However, it should be noted that much is also achieved through informal opportunities for joint working, for example, with individuals, businesses and communities.
The AONB Partnership is an umbrella term comprising all of those bodies and individuals that work together to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Malvern Hills AONB. The Partnership has a formal structure but much is also achieved through informal opportunities for joint working, for example, with individuals, businesses and landowners.
Partnership structure, roles and membership
- Chairwoman Mrs G. Rees Malvern Hills Trust
- Vice Chairman Councillor K. Pollock Worcestershire County Council
- Councillor J. Raine Malvern Hills District Council
- Councillor E. Holton Herefordshire Council
- Councillor C. O’Donnell Malvern Hills District Council
- Councillor T. Johnson Herefordshire Council
- Councillor P. Tuthill Worcestershire County Council
- Councillor C. Williams Forest of Dean District Council
- Mr S. Bosley Herefordshire Association of Local Councils
- Mr J. Fryman Worcestershire Association of Local Councils
- Ms S. Faulkner National Farmers Union
- Mr J. Hervey-Bathurst Country Land and Business Association
- Mr R. Williams Campaign for Protection of Rural England
- Mrs Hazel McDowell Natural England
- Mr I. George Historic England
- Mr A. Lee Herefordshire Local Access Forum
- Prof R. Bryant Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust
- Ms J. Lewis Visit Herefordshire/Destination Worcestershire
- Mr W. Barnes Forestry Commission
- Paul Esrich Manager
- David Armitage Assistant Manager
- Karen Humphries Assistant Manager
- Sarah Baker Support Officer
The Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) and the Steering Group each meet three times a year to consider a range of AONB business. Meetings are usually held in February, May and September. JAC meetings are organised and minuted by Worcestershire County Council’s Democratic Services Team.
A number of governance documents exist which set out the roles, responsibilities and modus operandi of the AONB Partnership. These documents are subject to regular review. In April 2010 a new Agreement was signed by Natural England and relevant local authorities which sets out a shared vision for and commitment to AONB management.
The Malvern Hills AONB Partnership is a member of the National Association for AONBs. The Association was formed in 1988 as an independent organisation to act on behalf of AONBs in the United Kingdom. It plays a valuable role in liaising with Government, providing training, sharing best practice and promoting the work of AONBs. The Association is administered by a Management Board which meets four times a year.