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The work of the AONB Partnership is carried out through its Staff Unit, based in Stanhope, in Weardale.  

If you would like to know more about the work of the North Pennines AONB Partnership please contact us at:

North Pennines AONB Partnership
Weardale Business Centre
The Old Co-op Building
1 Martin Street
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL13 2UY
Tel: +44(0)1388 528801

Twitter: @NorthPennAONB

Facebook: Facebook - North Pennines AONB


Chris Woodley-Stewart: Director

Helen Hambleton: Business Manager

Shane Harris: Responsible Tourism Lead

Debbie Johnston: Finance Officer

Kaye Jemmeson: Marketing and Communications Lead

Aimee Lee: Business Administration Apprentice

Simon Wilson: Planning & Strategic Access Officer & Biodiversity Lead

Rebecca Barrett: Biodiversity Lead

Peatland Programme 

Paul Leadbitter: Peatland Programme Manager

Dr Emma Taylor: Field Officer

Sarah Tooze: Peatland Programme Research Officer & Catchment Co-ordinator

Alistair Lockett: Field Officer


Dr Ruth Starr-Keddle: Nectarworks Project Officer

Mandy Oliver: Nectarworks Community Officer

Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership Scheme

Andy Lees: Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership Scheme Manager

Emma Wright: AVLP Conservation Officer

Fiona Knox: Community and Interpretation Officer

Simon Fawcett: Landscape and Heritage Conservation Trainee

Maya Horton: Landscape and Heritage Conservation Trainee

Cold-blooded and Spineless

Sam Tranter: Cold-blooded and Spineless Project Co-ordinator

Bowlees Visitor Centre

Nic Cullens: Visitor Services Officer

Mark Tyler: Visitor Services Assistant

Surveying an area of peatbog
Volunteer botanists doing quadrat surveying in a hay meadow
Walking to Garrigill Burn