The Partnership

Working together for nature in Oxfordshire

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Our Objective

The Oxfordshire Local Nature Partnership (OLNP) is an organisation of key partners working together to radically enhance nature, its positive impact on our climate and the priority it is given, helping to make Oxfordshire a county where people and nature thrive.


Hear from Richard Benwell, Chair of the OLNP and CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link, about how the partnership are helping nature to recover in Oxfordshire.

Focus Areas

These three key focus areas enable us to work together on projects that will make the biggest difference for nature and people in Oxfordshire.

Our Board

Our partnership harnesses the energy, enthusiasm and expertise of brilliant organisations across Oxfordshire. It has a strong collective voice that includes representatives from businesses, farming, Universities, landowners, local authorities, and environmental NGOs.

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Richard Benwell

Oxfordshire Local Nature Partnership
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Matt Whitney

Oxfordshire Local Nature Partnership
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Prue Addison

eNGO/ Vice Chair
Conservation Strategy Director -BBOWT

Gill Aitken

Universities representative
Registrar to the University of Oxford
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Ian Boll

Local Authority representative
Corporate Director - Cherwell District Council
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Camilla Burrow

Environmental NGO representative
Chief Executive - Wild Oxfordshire
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Tim Coates

Landowner representative
Director - North East Cotswold Farmer Cluster
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Tom Curtis

Business representative
Partner - 3Keel
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Michelle Leek

DEFRA Family - Team Leader
Natural England
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David Macdonald

Universities representative
Founder Wild CRU (University of Oxford)
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James Price

Farming representative
Farmer with DVH Price and Son
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Cllr David Rouane

Local Authority representative
Leader - South Oxfordshire District Council
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Dr Rosie Rowe

Health sector representative
Healthy Placeshaping Lead - Oxfordshire County Council
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Simon Smith

National Landscape Body representative
Nature Recovery Lead for Cotswold National Landscape

Board meetings

Board meeting agendas and notes are published by South Oxfordshire District Council on behalf of the partnership. Details of previous board meetings including agendas, reports and meeting notes can be found here (this link opens on the South Oxfordshire District Council website).

Details of upcoming meetings can be found below:

Oxfordshire Local Nature Partnership - Wednesday, 13 March 2024 10.00 am (Hybrid - Didcot Cornerstone or Microsoft Teams)


The OLNP board is supported by the OLNP manager. Secretariat and communications support is provided from within the Partnership Services of the Local Authorities. A Forum of stakeholders from across the sector inputs into to the OLNP's priorities. You can see the OLNP's structure chart here:

organisation chart showing the structure of the Oxfordshire Local Nature Partnership

Our partners

The OLNP's work is made possible by the contributions of our fantastic partners who work across the county and beyond to help nature recover.

If you would like to get involved with our work, please get in touch.