The Access Reform Advisory group provides advice on the implementation of access reform.

About the group

The Access Reform Advisory Group was established in 2019. The establishment of the group was part of our response to this consultation: Taking Forward Wales’ Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Consultation – Access Proposals.

The group comprises a Steering Group and 3 Expert Groups. 

The infographic outlines the group’s membership and how it will work.

Our remit

The group’s remit is:

  • to provide advice on the implementation of access reform proposals
  • to report back to the Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government in March 2021

Steering Group Membership

Steering Group Membership:

  • Simon Pickering (Welsh Government)
  • Jont Bulbeck (Natural Resources Wales (NRW))
  • Ben Sears (Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA))
  • Adrian Walls (Wales Rights of Way Managers Working Group)
  • Eifion Jones (National Parks Wales/Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB))

Expert Groups

Three expert Groups will consider:

  • Changes to Open Access
  • Flexibility on public paths
  • Communicating access rights

Each Expert Group includes representatives of:

  • Land Management interests; including farming unions and landowner representatives
  • Recreational interests; including cyclists, horse riders and walkers
  • Public Sector.

Expert Group 1 membership:
Jonathan Hughes – National Trust
Rhian Nowell Phillips – Countryside Alliance
Sophie Dwerryhouse – Country Land and Business Association
Rachel Lewis-Davies – National Farmers Union Wales
Hugh Craddock – Open Spaces Society
Mark Weston – British Horse Society
Kieran Foster – Cycling UK
Elfyn Jones – British Mountaineering Council
James Nevitt – Ministry of Defence
Richard Ball – Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
Arwel Evans – Ynys Mon Council 
Pete Rutherford – Snowdonia National Park Authority

Expert Group 2 membership:
Rhian Nowell Phillips – Countryside Alliance
Sophie Dwerryhouse – Country Land and Business Association
Rachel Lewis-Davies – National Farmers Union Wales
Nick Fenwick – Farmers Union Wales
Angela Charlton – Ramblers Cymru
Kate Ashbrook – Open Spaces Society
Mark Weston – British Horse Society
Duncan Dollimore – Cycling UK
David Shiel – Clywydian Range AONB
Gareth Owen – Ceredigion County Council
Chris Dale – Swansea County Council
Anthony Richards – Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Expert Group 3 membership:
Rhian Nowell Phillips – Countryside Alliance
Charles de Winton – Country Land and Business Association
Rachel Lewis-Davies – National Farmers Union Wales
Nick Fenwick – Farmers Union Wales
Rebecca Brough – Ramblers Cymru
Beverley Penny – Open Spaces Society
Mark Weston – British Horse Society
Tim Hutton – Cycling UK
Gwyn Teague – Vale of Glamorgan County Council
Lisa Lloyd – Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
Caroline Ferguson – Carmarthenshire County Council
Duncan Mackenzie – Data Cymru