Twelve volunteer members make up this partnership and offer a wide range of skills including an architect, financier, farmer and landowners, company businessman, chemical industry manager, agriculturalist, a graphic designer and police commander. The Partnership is advised by the Environment Agency, Natural England and Suffolk County and Suffolk District Councils.
Sir Edward Greenwell Bt – Chairman, Farmer Nominee
Guy Heald – Finance and Business
Alison Andrews – A&O Association Nominee (also representing the interests of recreational estuary users)
Peter Palmer – Aldeburgh Town Council Nominee
Harry Young – Business Representative
David McGinity – Butley Parish Council Nominee
VACANCY – Householder Representative
Brian Johnson – Boyton and Bawdsey Parish Council Nominee
Rodney West – Ecological Representative for RSPB, NT, SWT
Mike Finney – Orford and Gedgrave Parish Council Nominee
Jane Marson – Landowner Nominee
Tim Beach – Snape Parish Council Nominee
Partnership SecretaryAmanda Bettinson
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Karen Thomas – Internal Drainage Board
David Kemp – Environment Agency
Emma Hay – Natural England
Jane Burch – Suffolk County Council
Bill Parker – Suffolk Coastal District Council
Andrew Hawes – Engineering Consultant
The Alde and Ore Estuary Trust (The Trust) was established in December 2013 and is a registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with the Charity Commission (No 1155115).   The Trust was set up by the Partnership to facilitate fund raising for flood defences in the Alde and Ore Estuary. Its charitable status enables donors to take advantage of various tax exemptions and reliefs available where gifts are made to a charity.   Through enabling development, it is anticipated that sites offered as donations will received planning permission on condition that the increase in the land value is donated to The Trust and used for flood defence work.


Guy Heald
* (Chairman)
Elizabeth Stanton
Professor Jane Maxim (Funding Group Chair)
Brian Johnson*
*These Trustees are nominated by the Partnership, the remainder are elected.


Partnership meetings are open public meetings and anyone is welcome to sit in. 

Community engagement on possible variations to the Estuary Plan

Community meetings have been arranged to discuss a number of possible variations to the Estuary Plan following the flood risk assessment report by HR Wallingford.   It has become clear that consideration must be given to providing some surge tide storage area.   Both reports that were completed last year identified the benefits of a ‘flood release valve’ at Iken to allow water to move onto the land in a surge event which would relieve the water levels in the upper estuary and reduce flood risk to Snape, Aldeburgh and Ham Creek.   It will be very important to have your views so please try to come to one of these drop-in sessions:

Orford Town Hall: 8th March 2-7pm                         

Aldeburgh Church Hall: 13th March 2-7pm

Snape Village Hall: 14th March 2-7pm

Following these drop-in sessions, the Partnership will be holding their Annual Community Meeting at Snape Maltings Recital Room 14th April 10.30am-1pm and there will be a number of presentations to inform and discuss the scheme options under consideration.   There are potentially significant differences from the agreed plan and it will be important to have as broad a discussion as possible. 

Minutes from previous meetings are available to download below. Agenda and papers are available from your Parish Council.