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

Part time coordinator

Viv has a background in upland dairy and sheep farming. She also works for the Federation of Cumbria Commoners and is secretary of the Crossfell Commoners' Association.

Chris Short


Chris Short is a Senior Research Fellow at the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), University of Gloucestershire. 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. He has particular interests in the development and implementation of rural development and agri-environment policy, as well as the nature of partnerships and knowledge exchange that these require. He has considerable expertise in issues relating to landscape scale initiatives, shared resources, collective action and commons 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' assocaition. 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.

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 (in partnership with a neighbour, Jim Campbell). Look for Hullockhowe Border collies on facebook for anyone is interested! All this on 230Ha which is in an HLS scheme.