Mark Allott- Moor than meets the eye Scheme Manager
Mark leads the Moor than meets the eye Team based in the Old Duchy Hotel, Princetown (above the High Moorland Visitor Centre). He’s a Civil Engineer by profession and has spent the last 20 years in local authority and private consultancy.
He’s led design teams and project managed traffic and highway engineering and environmental improvement projects in rural and urban environments. He spent the last seven years developing and managing high profile major engineering and environmental projects for Transport for London, Suffolk County Council and Cornwall Council.
Mark joined the MTMTE Team and Dartmoor National Park after successfully developing the design and securing £60m funding for the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake Improvement; Cornwall’s most strategically important infrastructure project. Major elements involved stakeholder liaison and minimising the environmental and heritage impact on Bodmin Moor and the surrounding landscape.
Mark’s family moved to Devon when he was 10 and ran Langstone Manor Camping & Caravan Park in Moortown, Tavistock. Growing up on the slopes of Pew Tor, Mark’s love of the moor started at an early age. He was fortunate to be able to relocate his own family back to the southwest in summer 2012 and enjoys views to Sheepstor from the back garden. Dartmoor is literally on the doorstep.
In their spare time, Mark and the family can be found letterboxing, cycling and rambling on the moor or supporting events around Burrator Reservoir. Like Andy, when the kids and time allow, he also enjoys landscape photography..!
Mark’s looking forward to working with the community and scheme partners to develop the MTMTE projects and learn more about this fascinating and beautiful part of the world.
Andy Bailey – Moor than meets the eye Community and Events Officer
Andy is the Community and Events officer for Moor than meets the eye. He has spent the last 20 years helping people to get out and connect with their local countryside and wild places where ever they live. He has worked with and supported volunteers to manage locally important wildlife sites, and helped find opportunities for people to get involved in the countryside.
Andy worked on the development of this Landscape Partnership scheme from April 2013 and is looking forward to seeing the projects becoming a reality.
Before working on this scheme Andy worked for Natural England at the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve developing educational visits and events for people of all ages to create a sense of awe and wonder for the natural world and to encourage the naturalists of the future.
Andy is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys exploring the openness of Dartmoor and making family expeditions to the coast. When the children allow, he enjoys birdwatching and photography and plays an active part in his local community, helping the school PTA, the annual Apple Pie Fair and the village panto!
Emma Stockley – Moor than meets the eye Community Heritage Officer
Emma grew up in Devon and spent a great deal of time on the moors exploring with her family, and later, when undertaking the Ten Tors challenge. Emma left Devon in 2000 to study for a degree in archaeology at UCL. After graduating and working in London for a number of years, Emma moved to the Rame Peninsula, south east Cornwall with her husband and started a family.
Over the last eight years, Emma has combined raising her two boys with numerous voluntary commitments including roles as Chairman of the local pre-school, Director and later Chairman of a land management company and Chairman of her local school’s PTA.
From 2012 onwards, Emma volunteered at Liskeard and District Museum to develop her museum and conservation skills and has organised and delivered school trips to heritage sites in Cornwall on behalf of Cornwall Heritage Trust and other organisations. Emma enjoys making these trips exciting and memorable by including elements of story-telling, role-play and orienteering. Emma ran educational workshops for school children during the Mapping the Sun 2013 project – an excavation at The Hurlers stone circles, Bodmin moor and during the Liskeard Castle Project, Emma taught members of the community the basics of archaeological excavation techniques.
In her spare time, Emma is currently working with Saltash U3A and other groups to develop geo-archaeological investigations and projects on Bodmin Moor. She also loves spending time with her husband and two young children exploring the Cornish coast in their kayaks. Emma is a member of Cornwall Archaeological Society and Caradon Amateur Geology Group.
Chrissy Mason – Moor than meets the eye Community Ecologist
Chrissy is the Moor than meets the eye Community Ecologist and has been living and working in Dartmoor National Park for 15 years. Chrissy grew up in the North East with a fascination for wildlife inspired in early childhood by the infant school nature table. She graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 1994 with a BSc in Environmental Studies before working with the Hertfordshire and Barnet Countryside Management Service as a Countryside Ranger and Countryside Management Projects Officer. In 2000 she relocated to Devon and worked as Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Tourism and Recreational Transport Officer for 6 years. Following a break from work to look after her two young boys, Chrissy combined freelance ecological and environmental education work with voluntary work managing community projects within her home village of Hennock, as well as gaining a Masters degree in Ecological Impact Assessment. In recent years Chrissy has worked as an independent ecological consultant and in 2014 returned to Dartmoor National Park Authority as Ecologist before joining the Moor than meets the eye team in January 2015. Chrissy is thrilled to be a part of Dartmoor and one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world doing the things she enjoys most – engaging people with protected landscapes and wildlife.
Ellie Fabiani-Laymond – Moor than meets the eye Finance and Administrative Officer
Ellie is the Finance and Admin Officer for the Moor than meets the eye team and has been living in Dartmoor National Park for the last 6 years. Ellie grew up on the East Devon coast and lived and worked in Exeter for many years before spending some time living away in Hampshire. Happy to be back in her home county, the Moor than meets the eye scheme caught her interest with its dynamic mix of conservation, history and community engagement. With a degree in History and a broad range of experience as diverse as retail, education, finance, human resources and public sector, she is looking forward to the challenge of supporting the wide variety of projects within the scheme. Amongst her hobbies and interests, Ellie has qualifications in aromatherapy and holistic massage, makes her own aromatherapy products, enjoys cooking, is a keen writer who loves the theatre and has a lifelong interest in history of all kinds. She most often can be found out walking and exploring the moors with her husband and their dogs.