Meet the team

The EEMP team are hosted by Devon County Council and as such are based at County Hall working within the Environment Team.

Address: Exe Estuary Management Partnership, c/o Devon County Council, Room 120, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD

Exe Estuary Officer: Stephanie Harper-Chung

Stephanie Harper-Chung

The Exe Estuary Officer is Stephanie Harper-Chung. Steph has been in post since 2014, having previously been in post during 2011-2012. The Exe Estuary Officer acts on behalf of the Exe Estuary Management Partnership, coordinating activities and working with all Partners and local communities. Her role also covers coordination of the Devon Maritime Forum, which facilitates communication between the diverse range of marine and coastal stakeholders in Devon, with the aim of working collectively towards sustainability in our coasts and seas.

Steph studied Marine Biology, Oceanography and Coastal and Ocean Policy at university. Past work experience ranges from marine education to working with fisheries in Southeast Sulawesi, where she contributed to the creation of a fisheries management plan for the area. A qualified commercial diver, Steph has been lucky enough to have explored various waters around the world, and has worked as a dive surveyor at England’s first Marine Conservation Zone at Lundy Island.

Amongst her other qualifications, Steph is trained to use powerboats and ATVs. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, and exploring the beautiful coasts of the Southwest.

As a person that is naturally drawn to exploring all aspects of a situation, Steph embraces her position of Exe Estuary Officer with a neutral and open approach.

Stephanie is available to discuss any estuary related matters and can be contacted on:

Telephone: 01392 382236  Mobile: 07967 456376  Email:

Coastal Support Officer: Eleanor Ward

Eleanor Ward

Eleanor joined the Exe Estuary Management Partnership team in April 2024 on secondment as part of the University of Exeter’s ‘Graduate Business Partnership’ scheme. Prior to starting her role, she graduated from Cardiff University in 2023 with a first class BSc honours degree in Marine Geography.

Having always lived a short distance from Devon’s beautiful landscapes, Eleanor developed a genuine fascination for local wildlife and coastal areas from an early age. Her studies have fostered a particular interest in coastal formations, marine wildlife and ecosystems. In her spare time, Eleanor enjoys bodyboarding in North Devon, kayaking down the River Exe and snorkelling in the south-west and abroad.

In her role, Eleanor will be helping the team to coordinate projects along the Exe Estuary.


Part-time Intern: Franziska (Anna) Reichert

Picture of Anna (Part-time coastal intern)

Anna began her involvement with the EEMP in February 2024 as part of the University of Exeter’s “Business Partnership Scheme”. She has just finished her bachelor´s in sustainable business and has a great passion for marine management.

Anna has been fortunate to live and study in Cornwall for the last few years and is a passionate surfer and coastal hiker. Before her studies, she spent some time in Portugal working in marine conservation and organising beach clean-ups and educational sessions.

In her role, Anna will be helping the team to coordinate projects along the Exe Estuary.