PONT Staff

Julia Korn – PONT Coordinator

I joined PONT in November 2015 shortly after leaving Natural Resources Wales and I job-share with Jan Sherry.

As PONT Coordinator I am responsible for all operational management and decision making for PONT. I am also exploring opportunities to secure PONT’s future both through grant funding and the development of PONT’s business activities and services. I am passionate about PONT’s work and very much believe that significant common ground exists between the farming community and those working in nature conservation. Grazing is vital for both and PONT can make a real difference on the ground that delivers so many different benefits.

Before joining PONT, I worked for the Wales Biodiversity Partnership and then CCW/NRW for 14 years. I supported local biodiversity action, informed biodiversity policy, ran training and conferences and managed funding.

Julia Korn
Julia Korn

Hilary Kehoe – PONT Coordinator and North Wales Regional Development Officer

I joined PONT in 2008 when I started running the Anglesey local grazing scheme. This scheme included working to the establish a local marketing scheme and ‘Wildlife Friendly’ branding for local produce.

I also helped with the Partneriaeth Tirlun Llŷn Landscape Partnership HLF project and the Nature Fund project on grazing and habitat management work. I currently job share the PONT Coordinator and North Wales Regional Development Officer roles and have specific responsibility for training and for farmer liaison.

The primary focus of my regional role is to facilitate grazing across North Wales and to work with organisations and individuals in establishing local grazing schemes. I also farm at home with my family in North Wales managing cattle, sheep and ponies on land for wildlife benefit.

Hilary Kehoe
Hilary Kehoe

Jan Sherry – PONT Coordinator and North Wales Regional Development Officer

I joined PONT in November 2015 shortly after leaving Natural Resources Wales (previously CCW) where I worked for 15 years as the Heathland Ecologist.

As PONT Coordinator, job-sharing with Julia and Hilary, I manage the day to day running of the Welsh Government core funding programme. I also provide the ecological steer for staff across Wales and lead on GIS and mapping.

I work part-time as North Wales Regional Development Officer along with Hilary and in this role I particularly focus on developing conservation outcomes within landscape-scale projects and advise on habitat management and monitoring. I have experience at working with community projects and young people and help deliver the regional programme of public events and training.

Jan Sherry
Jan Sherry

Emma Douglas – South Wales Regional Development Officer – PONT

I joined PONT in 2012 and currently work to facilitate grazing across South Wales for the benefit of farmers, communities and nature.

I grew up on the Gower Peninsula and continue to assist with the running of a small herd of Welsh Black and Dexter cattle and horses at the family farm. I have recently started a business called ‘Gower Meadow Beef’ selling pasture fed, conservation grazed beef.

I arrange grazing on important sites for nature conservation on the Gower and in South Carmarthenshire, using cattle and hill ponies. I previously worked for the Bat Conservation Trust on their Tir Gofal Agri Environment monitoring project before joining PONT. I was the lead Project Officer for PONT’s BIFFA Award Funded Project on Coity Wallia Commons, Bridgend, South Wales.

Emma Douglas
Emma Douglas

Angie Polkey Mid Wales Regional Development Officer – PONT

The role of PONT mid-Wales Regional Development Officer is split with Kevin Straw, with my focus on the west of the region.

My career encompasses over 30 years’ of working in ecology & conservation, including environmental education & community engagement. Before joining PONT in 2016, I worked for almost 15 years at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre in Ceredigion and, prior to moving to Wales in 1997, I played significant roles at the RSPB, Learning through Landscapes and Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust.

Advice to landowners and guidance on habitat restoration and conservation management has been a common theme in my work and I have also been a freelance advisor. In addition to working for PONT, I am an independent teacher, facilitator and advisor in conservation & sustainability.

Angie Polkey
Angie Polkey

Kevin Straw – Mid Wales Regional Development Officer – PONT

I joined PONT in 2018 and work in the eastern half of the region, particularly Powys. I have worked in a range of roles encompassing countryside access management for local authorities in both Oxfordshire and Powys, where my roles included practical management as a rights of way contractor, local authority rights of way and access officer and a circular trails project officer.

I also have experience of working in development management for Powys County Council’s planning authority. My past experiences have required the need to work closely with the rural farming communities of mid-Wales providing advice and legislative guidance as appropriate.

I’ve also helped out on my in-laws’ mixed sheep and cattle hill farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park for the last 20 years.

Kevin Straw
Kevin Straw