Our staff

Jon Shelton Partnership Manager

Jon Shelton – Partnership Manager

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Geography, Dip C.Mgt, MSc Estuarine & Coastal Zone Management

Background: Originally from Batley in Yorkshire, studied in London before moving to Kent. First job in conservation with BTCV in London. Worked as Countryside Ranger and Community Woodland Officer before joining the KSCP when it first started in 1992. Currently chairs a number of groups including the East Kent Catchment Improvement Partnership.

Interests: Squash, playing football and keeping an eye on the Leeds Utd results, allotment, music, travel, photography, cookery and walking a rather athletic English pointer.

Martin Thomas Project Officer

Martin Thomas – Partnership Officer, Canterbury.

Qualifications: Countryside Management Foundation Degree, Chemistry MSci.

Background: Grew up on the edge of Crawley in the Sussex Weald, where a love of nature began amongst gardens, woods, fields and disused railway embankments. Spent 4 enjoyable years studying chemistry at Bristol, before embarking on a not-so-enjoyable 10-year career in pharmaceutical research, first at Pfizer and then at the Medical Research Council in North London. Finally decided to take a leap of faith, leaving chemistry to study at Hadlow, building on several years of voluntary work with Kent Wildlife Trust. Worked as a Volunteer Trainee Warden with KWT at Blean.

Interests: Sailing at Margate Yacht Club, cookery, meditation, and of course natural history.

Diane Comley Project Officer

Diane Comley – Partnership Officer, Ashford.

Qualifications: BSc Landscape Management, BA Fine Art (photography)

Background: Originally from Wakefield, have also spent many years living in Glasgow and Montreal Canada, before moving to Kent in 1995. I studied Landscape Management at Hadlow College and originally worked as a volunteer with KSCP to gain practical conservation experience. Going on to work with the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as a Living Landscapes Co-ordinator.

Interests: Music (singer in a ska band), photography, walking, woodland fungi and pub lunches

Debbie Reynolds Ashford Countryside Officer

Debbie Reynolds – Partnership Officer, Ashford.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Landscape Management

Background: Born in Kent. Lived in the Ashford district before moving to Hadlow near Tonbridge to study a University of Greenwich Degree course at Hadlow College. Worked as a British wildlife keeper before becoming a Countryside Ranger at Bewl Water. Then moved on to East Sussex to work part-time on a mixed farm, during which time trained as a Farm Environment Advisor for a farm consultancy company.

Interests: Wildflowers, walking, animals, farming, photography, music and relaxing in a country pub with a roaring log fire.

Anna Bell- Westgate Parks Development  Officer

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Countryside Management

Background: Went to Faversham’s Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, studied for a degree in Countryside Management from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and is a qualified Forest School practitioner. As a Kent County Council education ranger, worked at Canterbury Environmental Education Centre in Broad Oak Road before developing a busy outdoor learning programme at Brockhill Country Park, Hythe.

Interests: Walks in the countryside, horse riding, yoga, bat monitoring and surveying, hedgehogs and an avid supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers football club.

Lauren Baker – Westgate Parks Development  Officer (P/T Temporary)

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation

Background: Went to Barton Court Grammar School, studied for a degree in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Kent. Currently training to become a qualified Forest School leader.

Interests: Wildlife photography, walks with my dogs in the countryside, visiting nature reserves, trying my hand at many different craft activities, red squirrels and supporting Lakeside Hammers Speedway team.

Annie Thurgarland – Watercourse Officer

Qualifications: MSc Countryside Management

Background: Originally from a farming family in North Nottinghamshire, I gained a Ba ( Hons) in Psychology and qualified as a registered Midwife whilst spending many years volunteering in conservation. I worked for Nottinghamshire County Council as Warden of Daneshill Lakes NNR whilst completing my MSc and spent 2 years in woodland management before joining KSCP.

Interests: Running a mobile, solar powered music stage, walking, chainsaw carving , DIY on my home –  a narrowboat rebuild.