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Solway Coast AONB Staff

Brian Irving: AONB Manager

MBE Award

Dr Brian Irving, Manager of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been given an MBE for services to natural heritage and conservation in Cumbria.

On his role he said: ‘The great thing is that you are working towards positive change’. He also commented that the hardest thing was keeping it a secret from friends and family for six weeks!

Brian Irving has overall responsibility for the preparation and implementation of the Solway Coast AONB Management and Action Plans. He leads the AONB Staff Unit and has for many years, worked along with local authorities, other public bodies, local organisations and local communities to secure appropriate and effective management of the AONB and timely project delivery.

Brian Irving was born and bred in North Cumbria, as well as having a vast knowledge of the area, he has many years of experience working in the environment. Brian is totally committed to the area and the job and is certainly well equipped to lead the unit and to ensure the Solway Coast AONB continues to provide a sustainable future for the local community and people visiting the Solway Coast Area.

Brian works under the direction of the Joint Advisory Committee in consultation with the AONB Steering Group and the National association of AONBs (NAAONB)

Rose Wolfe: Assistant AONB Manager

Rose Wolfe joined the staff of the Solway Coast AONB in 2000 and has worked tirelessly to ensure projects are implemented to the satisfaction of all concerned.

Rose has the responsibility for identifying, developing and managing projects in the AONB, with additional funding, practical advice and effecting delivery. She works with the AONB Manager to produce Management Plans and other documents required by legislation.

She also works alongside the AONB Volunteer Coordiantor, Graeme Proud, helping to fund and maintain the award winning AONB Solway Coast Community Volunteer Group.

Sue McMillan: AONB Office Administrator

Sue McMillan has worked for the Solway Coast AONB since they opened their new offices in the old school masters house in Silloth (adjoining the Discovery Centre).

Sue has a good knowledge and experience of the work involved with particular responsibility for developing and operating the administrative systems for the support of the AONB Unit. She also gives similar support to the AONB Joint Advisory Committee and Steering Group ensuring their effective operations.

Graeme Proud: Volunteer Coordinator for the AONB Solway Coast Volunteer Group

Graeme has lead the Solway Coast Community Volunteer Group for the last 10 years with responsibility to managing the landscape, infrastructure and wildlife within the AONB and working with local communities, schools, partner organisations, etc, to promote the understanding and appreciation of this unique area.

Solway Wetlands Staff

Naomi Hewitt is the Development Officer for the Heritage Lottery Funded Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme that will improve the natural and built heritage of the area.

Chris Spencer is the Wetlands Education Officer

Victoria Palmer is the Wetlands Administrator

Rhia McBain is the Wetland Officer

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