Our Team

In 2008 a small team joined together to take the magazine forward and keep Exmoor’s local publication local. We hope that you will pick up a copy from one of our many stockists or subscribe and, by enjoying an excellent read, help to support the magazine’s future!

Naomi, Elaine and Sue

Board of Hoar Oak Publishing Ltd:

Director Elaine Pearce

Elaine PearceWriter, equine instructor in the UK and abroad, equine welfare adviser for Redwings Horse Sanctuary. Resident in Exmoor for over 20 years.

MD, Editor and Designer Naomi Cudmore

Naomi has lived in and around Exmoor since 1979, grew up in Nettlecombe parish and attended Minehead Middle and the West Somerset before studying English at LMH, Oxford. She then worked in publishing for ten years before going to sea for a year as part of an ocean racing team and set up her own communications business in 2007. She took up the editor’s reins from Hilary in 2008 and bought Hoar Oak Publishing with friends in 2010. She lives near Washford with her partner Pete and the very lazy ‘editor’s cat’, Turtle Puss, who makes occasional guest appearances on our Facebook page. Naomi hopes that ‘TP’ will one day be joined by an editor’s dog, to keep her in check.

Honorary Director Heather Holt

Heather HoltWriter, interfaith minister, therapist and musician (formerly of Exmoor Border Morris Dancers for five years and now in French band and North Devon Folk Orchestra).

Business Advisor Ed Holt

Ed HoltEd has over 20 years’ experience in running companies in the technology and new media sectors and provides his time voluntarily.

Director and Administrator Sue South

Sue SouthSue South was born and half bred in Porlock. Her mother was born in the village and her father came from London, which makes her nearly a local!

However, her four children and three grandchildren (of whom she is inordinately proud) are definitely local. She loves the moorland life and currently farms on the western edge of Exmoor where her husband breeds Exmoor Horn Sheep and Beef Shorthorn cattle.

Consultant Editor Hilary Binding

Hilary BindingLongtime editor of the magazine and formerly Editor of the Exmoor Review, education consultant, author, historian and lay reader. Resident of Exmoor for 45 years. Hilary was Naomi’s history teacher at Minehead Middle School – which is making us all feel old!

Advertising Sales: Zara Media and Design Grant Harrison

Grant HarrisonGrant has worked in advertising for nearly 30 years, including ten years with Devon County Council and has worked on tourism projects with Exmoor National Park Authority for the past 15 years. He has been married to Pam for 25 Years. They have three children.

Associate Editor John Dunscombe

John DunscombeJohn lives in Dulverton. He has recently retired from Exmoor National Park Authority where he worked for 30 years in a variety of corporate roles. His interests include Exmoor (of course!), cycling, walking and reading.

Colour Management and Associate Designer Colin Matthews

Colin MatthewsColin has over 15 years’ experience in design and photo manipulation. He loves nothing more than being on Exmoor of a weekend with his camera and dog Bella.

Assistant Editor Katy Charge

Katy ChargeWith almost two decades of editorial experience, Katy worked over a number of years for an Exmoor-based publishing company, editing numerous local history books and gaining a broad knowledge and love of the area.

Webmaster Mike Bishop

Mike BishopAfter working for 8 years on Exmoor with the Active Exmoor project, Mike now manages a number of local websites part time whilst his day job keeps him busy as the Data & Business Analyst for holidaycottages.co.uk based in North Devon.

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