Exe Estuary Management Partnership Contact Details
Introducing the Exe Estuary Management Partnership
The Exe Estuary Management Partnership is made up of representatives from the various organisations that are responsible for managing different aspects of the Exe Estuary. By working together as a Partnership, the group can provide a cohesive approach, communicating easily and making the most efficient use of limited resources. This ultimately benefits both the Estuary environment and the local communities and businesses that rely on the area as a resource or for enjoyment. The Partnership also includes two Forum Chairs who are elected at the annual Winter Forum by the local community to represent their views.
The Partnership employs an Estuary Officer to act on its behalf but retains authority for their work through quarterly Management Group meetings. The Exe Estuary Officer delivers an Annual Action Plan which is based around a set of objectives and priorities set out in the Management Plan drawn up by the Partners and informed by the State of the Exe report (which is currently being updated). An Annual Review is published at the end of each year which sets out the Partnership's achievements during the preceding year. Partnership publications can be viewed and downloaded from this site.
The Exe Estuary Management Partnership brings together the organisations who have a responsibility for managing the Estuary to form a coordinated approach. The partnership is funded by:
Devon County Council
East Devon District Council
Teignbridge District Council
Exeter City Council
Exmouth Town Council
Starcross Parish Council
Woodbury Parish Council
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Dawlish Town Council
Lympstone Fishery and Harbour Association
Although not funders of the partnership, Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and the Environment Agency are invited to attend Partnership meetings because of the relevance of their activities.
An organisational diagram showing the structure of the Partnership is available for viewing.
The work of the Partnership is guided by the Exe Estuary Management Plan 2016 - 2021 which sets out all of the key issues faced by the Estuary and includes objectives to address areas of concern.
The Management Plan was based on a scientific report of the Estuary that was carried out called The State of the Exe Estuary 2014.
The Partnership guides the work of the Estuary Officer through their quarterly Management Partnership meetings, where all of the funding partners are represented by an Officer, and the Local Authorities are also represented by an elected Councillor. The Management Group is chaired by Devon County Councillor Jeffrey Trail.
The officers also meet quarterly at the Officer's Working Group where items are discussed and refined prior to the Management Partnership meetings.
To meet the representatives on the partnership please view our Who's Who? below.
Forum Chair and representative of Lympstone Fishery and Harbour Association - Neil Downes
I have lived for most of my life beside the Exe Estuary enjoying the facilities it offered both on the water and on the land. In 1989 I was fortunate to become the Chief Fishery Officer of Devon Sea Fisheries Committee and the fisheries, shellfisheries and marine environmental issues within the Exe Estuary came within the organisations responsibilities. I retired from this post in March 2007 and live at Lympstone. I am Chairman of the Lympstone Fishery and Harbour Association where I am actively involved with the issues in concerning leisure boating and harbour management.
During the time I was with Devon Sea Fisheries I attended many meetings concerning the management of the Exe Estuary, the first of which was the meeting in 1993/94 when Posford Duviver submitted the first Exe Estuary Management Plan. This document attempted to identify the many and varied interests that took place in and around the estuary. Although contentious at the time, it did form a basis for a network of topic groups to be created who sought to ensure that errors were corrected and their interests represented. I attended many Joint Management Committees which endeavoured to address these issues as well as maintain the necessary funding to keep an Estuary Officer in post. This has been an essential post to in order that the Estuary Management Plan can be amended in the light of the new environmental legislation. The Estuary being a European Site, a Ramsar Site and SSSI is a sensitive area where the interests of those who live in the vicinity have to be dovetailed with the interests of nature.
Forum Vice Chair - Lynn Trout
Lynn came to Topsham in the early 1960s and has watched the Estuary evolve over the past 50 years. There seem to be increases in most aspects of the Estuary putting strains on the basic infrastructure. There are more severe weather incidents, more birds and more people especially around the shores. Lynn believes the continued health of the communities, business, the wildlife and the environment around the estuary is tied to good and active housekeeping of the estuary by the users. Active intervention where necessary.
Lynn is also one of the Directors of the boatyard W Trout & Son Ltd, which has been in business since 1902. Its continued presence is partly dependent upon a healthy estuary.
Tel: 01392 873044 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Devon County Council – Councillor Jeffrey Trail
County Councillor for the Parishes of Lympstone and Woodbury.
East Devon District Council – Councillor Michael Howe
Councillor Michael Howe is an East Devon District Councillor and is a Member of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Development Management Committee. He is also a Member of the Economy Portfolio Holder's Think Tank and East and Mid Devon Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel.
Teignbridge District Council – Councillor Ted Hockin
Councillor Ted Hockin is District Councillor for Dawlish Central and North East Ward and acts as Vice Chair for the Exe Estuary Partnership Management Group. His Committee responsibilities include Audit Scrutiny Committee, Overview & Scrutiny Committee, Licensing Act 2003 Committee (Chairman) and Regulatory & Appeals Committee.
Exeter City Council - Councillor Margaret Baldwin
Councillor Margaret Baldwin is the Ward Member for Topsham. Her Committee responsibilities include: Scrutiny Committee - Economy, Scrutiny Committee - Resources, Final Accounts Committee, and Grants Committee.
Exmouth Town Council – Councillor Pat A Graham
Councillor Pat A Graham is a Member of the Licensing and Enforcement Committee and the Corporate Services Portfolio Holder's Think Tank. She also has responsibilities with the East Devon Business Forum and Member Development Working Party.
Starcross Parish Council - Andrew Cadbury
Andrew Cadbury is Chairman of Starcross Parish Council.
Woodbury Parish Council - Councillor Graham Murrin
Dawlish Town Council - Councillor Terry Lowther
Tel: 01626 862011
Natural England – Andrew Stanger
Natural England is the Government's advisor on nature conservation. It manages nature reserves, helps others to manage protected wildlife sites, and strives for a countryside richer in nature. Andrew is the Marine Lead Adviser for the Exe Estuary. His role within the Partnership is to advise on how to protect and enhance the wildlife for which the Exe is internationally renound.
RSPB - Gavin Bloomfield
The local authority representatives (councillors) are supported by Officers who have regular contact with the Exe Estuary Officer and feedback relevant information to the representatives.
Devon County Council – Peter Chamberlain, Environment Manager and Line Manager to the Exe Estuary Officer.
East Devon District Council – James Chubb, Countryside Team Leader.
Teignbridge District Council – Graeme Smith, Estuaries Officer.
Exeter City Council - Colin Acton, Waterways Team Manager.
Exmouth Town Council – Lisa Bowman, Town Clerk.
Starcross Parish Council - Suzanna Hughes, Parish Clerk.
Woodbury Parish Council - Clerk to the Council.
Dawlish Town Council - Ann Tipper, Town Clerk.
Environment Agency – Hugh Davey
Hugh is East Devon Catchment Co-ordinator for the Environment Agency.
Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (D&SIFCA) – Katherine Stephenson / Steph Davies
As Environment Officer of D&SIFCA, Katherine is responsible for sea fisheries management of Devon's estuaries and coastal waters. This includes a great interest in shellfish management, for both cultivated and natural stock. D&SIFCA is also responsible for the sound management of the marine environment, working with Natural England and other wildlife organisations for the benefit of the fisheries resource.
Exeter City Council - Colin Acton
Colin is Waterways Team Manager, based within the Civic Centre, Paris Street.
Tel: 01392 265791 Email: email@example.com
Dawlish Town Council - Ann Tipper
Tel: 01626 863388 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org