Julia Aglionby

Executive Director

Julia Aglionby is a chartered surveyor and agricultural valuer by profession, and for the last 15 years she has developed her career at H&H Land and Property in Carlisle, latterly heading up their environmental team and working with estates across the North of England and beyond. She is also a co-opted member of the Federation of Cumbria Commoners.

Viv Lewis

Programmes Manager (part time)

Viv lives in Cumbria and has a background in upland dairy and sheep farming. Besides doing work for the Foundation, she is the Administrator of the Federation of Cumbria Commoners and the secretary of the Crossfell Commoners' Association. Viv also has a smallholding and keeps a small flock of sheep.

Chris Short


Chris Short is based at the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) in the University of Gloucestershire where he is Reader in Environmental Governance. Chris joined the CCRI in 1995 and has maintained his research interests in the relationship between different land uses, namely agriculture, forestry, nature conservation, amenity and climate change and their constituent communities in the UK and across Europe. He has particular interests in the development and implementation of rural development and agri-environment policy, as well as the nature of partnerships and exchange of knowledge that these require. Chris has been undertaking research on common land since the 1990s and he has considerable expertise in issues relating to landscape scale initiatives, shared resources and collective action across Europe.

Jim Bailey

Family man, farmer and countryman running a mixed farm including common grazing on the southern side of North York Moors. I have a long experience of the local Manorial Court with associated landowner/commoner issues, especially the needs and interests of grazing and grouse, both first hand and helping other via commoners. I have links with Yorkshire commoners and local commoners' association. I manage a small grouse moor in the Yorkshire Dales. My other pastime is serving as elected councillor and chairing the North York National Park Authority, and for last three years chair for National Parks England.

Andrew Humphries

Andrew’s career has been in agricultural practice, education extension and the voluntary sector with a strong emphasis on hill farming. Experience includes shepherding in the Yorkshire dales and directing the management of the Newton Rigg College hill farm in the Lake District with common grazing rights on the open fells. Working with commoners associations and the Foundation he has contributed to a number of research and guidance publications.

Jenny Phelps

Jenny Phelps is a Senior Farm Conservation Advisor for the Gloucestershire Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group. She has over 30 years experience working in farming and conservation. She has facilitated the restoration of many complex commons into Environmental Stewardship in Gloucestershire including Minchinhampton, Rodborough, Painswick Beacon, Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common. From her work on commons she developed the integrated local delivery framework which values local and farming knowledge and joins partnership working at a local level www.fwagsw.org.uk/ild . She now applies the approach to building community resilience by working with parish councils and the farming community. She is the Lead Facilitator on the Farmer Guardians of the Upper Thames Facilitation Fund; Lead on the Carrant and Isbourne Facilitation Fund; Lead for the Upper Thames Catchment Partnership and Cotswolds Payments for Ecosystem Services Defra pilot. In 2016 she was awarded an MBE in 2016 for ‘Engaging Communities in Environmental Protection’. The full research paper ‘Inspiring and Enabling Local Communities – an integrated delivery model for localism and the Environment’ can be found www.ccri.ac.uk/ild. She is also a Lecturer of the Farmland Ecology Module (3093) and Farming and Integrated Environmental Local Delivery (FIELD) Module 3207 at the Royal Agricultural University.

Lyndsey Stride

I was New Forest Young Commoner of the Year in 2014 in recognition for the work I have done to support the Young Commoners Group. I am planning, writing and delivering education sessions about the New Forest.

John Waldon

John Waldon lives in Devon and is currently undertaking various projects relating to the uplands and commons, including Dartmoor Farming Futures, an initiative to produce an agri-environment scheme better suited to common land. He is a founding member and currently secretary of the SW Uplands Federation, a farmer-led initiative for hill farmers in south west England. In a previous life John worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) from 1981. He was appointed Regional Director, for south west England, in 1994. John was a founding Director of Sustainability South West (SSW - The region’s Sustainable Development Round Table) and had responsibility for the production of the region’s first Sustainability Framework, also Chair of the South West’s Biodiversity Partnership (1996 – 2001) and a member of the England Biodiversity Group (1996 – 1999). In 2002 John was seconded to Defra - Rural Development Service (RDS) for two years, as Manager of the Devon and Cornwall team, with responsibility for the delivery of agri-environment schemes and member of Defra’s Environmental Stewardship Implementation Team.

Carl Walters

Carl Walters is a hill farmer at Low Hullock Howe, Bampton, on the Eastern edge of the Lake District, Cumbria. Carl and his wife Ruth, work full time on the farm with occasional help from their two children Samantha (20) and Mike (19). They run 500 or so Swaledale sheep on Bampton Common (which is in a HLS scheme ) and have a further 380 Swaledales which have been drafted off the fell and are crossed with a Blue faced Leicester. They also have a small flock of pure Blue faced Leicesters for breeding crossing tups. They have 40 pure Limousin suckler cows which they cross with a Belgian Blue to produce heifers sold for breeding and bulls which are either sold for breeding or fattened.They keep 30 hens, a cat and quite a number of dogs, mainly Border Collies, which they use on the farm and also breed and train and sell. Look for Hullockhowe Border collies on facebook for anyone is interested! All this on 230Ha which is in an HLS scheme.