PONT Staff

Jan Sherry – Senior Manager (Ecology)

Jan leads on biodiversity and habitat Advice within PONT. Jan also has HR, project and contract management responsibilities and is the Project Manager for the ‘Dolau Dyfi’ Sustainable Management Scheme Project (SMS).

Previously Jan worked for the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and later Natural Resources Wales (NRW) for 15 years as the Heathland Ecologist and latterly covering broader upland habitats. After leaving NRW she took up her PONT role and also established herself as an independent consultant.

Jan is a recognised expert in heathland management and the uplands in Wales and in that capacity leads on a range of PONT activity. Examples include the production of a cotoneaster management handbook for NRW, survey and advisory work for the Elan Links Project in mid Wales and supporting a range of other organisations to develop and implement their projects. Jan has been involved in the development of the National Trust Payment for Outcomes Scheme on the Llyn Peninsular through providing technical and practical advice and supporting the farmers involved.

Jan Sherry
Jan Sherry

Julia Korn – Senior Manager (Business)

Julia leads on financial Management, fundraising and events. She also has HR, project management and contract management responsibilities.

Before joining PONT Julia had worked for CCW and later NRW since 2001. She supported the establishment and delivery of Local Biodiversity Action Plan Partnerships in Wales, and the evolution of the Wales Biodiversity Partnership. In 2010 she became CCW Senior Biodiversity Policy Officer. Within CCW/NRW Julia also established and managed the Resilient Ecosystem fund from 2011 until 2015.

Julia uses her knowledge and experience of partnership working and her extensive networks to organise and run events such as the PONT conferences in 2017 and 2018 and the Cotoneaster Management workshop in 2019. Julia also leads on promoting PONT’s work and takes a proactive role in seeking new collaborations and opportunities to influence and support a range of organisations and projects across Wales. This includes working with organisations such as the Pasture Fed Livestock Association, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife, various local authorities and NRW.

Julia Korn
Julia Korn

Hilary Kehoe – Senior Manager (Agriculture)

Hilary leads on farming and grazing advice and training activities within PONT and also has contract management responsibilities. Hilary also leads on the PONT contribution to the Big Lottery Funded ‘Cwlwm Seriol’ project which is run by Menter Mon.

Hilary has a huge amount of experience working to establish conservation grazing and other nature friendly grazing practices across Wales and beyond. Examples include the development of the Ynys Cybi HLF project and the development and delivery of the Tir a Môr Llyn and Uwch Gwyrfai SMS projects. Hilary delivers a range of grazing courses including the Lantra accredited Stockchecker course and PONT’s own Conservation Grazing course, and she is able to develop bespoke training for organisations, projects and businesses on request.

Hilary Kehoe farms with her family near Bethesda, running cattle and sheep enterprises that work across Anglesey and Gwynedd for conservation management. She has worked for PONT since 2008 and her initial job was to coordinate and manage the Anglesey Grazing Animals Partnership local grazing scheme. This scheme included working to the establish a local marketing scheme and ‘Wildlife Friendly’ branding for local produce. Hilary is also the Chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network in Wales.

Hilary Kehoe
Hilary Kehoe

Emma Douglas – South Wales Regional Development Officer – PONT

Emma is the South Wales Regional Development Officer. Emma facilitates grazing and associated management across South Wales to benefit farmers, communities and nature. Emma is highly knowledgeable and skilled member of staff who uses her extensive experience and networks to seek opportunities, and actively support nature friendly grazing practices. Emma works with a range of private individuals, groups, organisations, projects and businesses and is skilled in bringing people together, resolving issues and seeking solutions. Emma supports relevant education and training programmes such as the South and West Wales Fire Service Don’t Burn Bernie campaign.

Emma has successfully developed innovative ways to address issues that can prevent grazing. Examples include trialling the use of GPS collars on cattle to help with stock checking in remote areas, and supporting the installation of invisible fencing to keep cattle grazing common land away from the road. Emma is currently involved with managing meadows on the Gower through supporting the Gower Meadows Group, and she is a Renew Wales Peer Mentor.

Emma grew up on the Gower Peninsula and continues to assist with the running of a small herd of Welsh Black cattle and horses at the family farm. Emma undertakes conservation grazing with her own Dexter cattle and ponies and she runs her successful small business ‘Gower Meadows Beef’. She previously worked for the Bat Conservation Trust on their Tir Gofal Agri Environment monitoring project before joining PONT in 2012. Emma was the Project Officer for the BIFFA Award Funded Project on Coity Wallia Commons, Bridgend, South Wales.

Emma Douglas
Emma Douglas

Richard Jones – Dolau Dyfi Project Officer

I joined PONT in January 2020 as the Project Officer for the Dolau Dyfi Sustainable Management Scheme Project in mid Wales, funded by EU. I will be the main point of contact for the project and I am based at Y Plas in Machynlleth. To find out more about the project have a look at the Dolau Dyfi page on this website.

Before working for PONT on the Dolau Dyfi project I had a small contracting company specialising in fencing, walling, gate installation, footpath work, tree planting and scrub clearance. In the past I have also worked for the Snowdonia National Park Authority as an officer on their agri-environmental scheme, “Rhaglen Tir Eryri” where we grant-aided all types of different projects to enhance the landscape, biodiversity and the environment.

At home I run a small herd of beef cattle on our family farm, comprising of 60 head of mainly “Shetland” cattle, chosen not only for their conservational grazing ability, but also their quietness, easy care and low maintenance cost. We also have a stud of Welsh Ponies (Section B), which we show and breed.

I am quite active in my local community, and have been sitting on the Ysgol Bro Idris Board of Governors since the school opened as a “Through School” in 2017. I also coach the Dolgellau under 12’s football team.

I am looking forward to my new challenge of working on the Dolau Dyfi project. It is an exciting opportunity to meet new people, contribute to the local economy and making an impact on the local ecology.

Richard Jones