About us

Amanda Carpenter


BA Hons, Msc (London)
Amanda Carpenter founded Achill Management to enable her to do something positive about the planet. Helping firms to transition towards net zero and meaningful actions to reduce their impact on the planet and have a positive influence on those they work with has become something of an obsession. She has worked across public private and not for profit sectors at Board level for many years and is a passionate and confident communicator advocating change and encouraging action. She is a Trustee at Environment Law Foundation & 5050Parliament and spends much of her spare time hosting Planet Pod the successful environment podcast. When she isn’t doing that she can be found walking and paddle boarding in the marshes of coastal Suffolk.

Jim Haywood


BSc, PGDip (Nuclear reactor Technology), CEng, FIMechE
Having spent the early part of his career in engineering and management roles in the Royal Navy submarine service, Jim widened his experience further in environmental management roles with international ‘blue chip’ corporates. He set up the Environment Agency’s centre for expertise in flood forecasting and warning before going on to head up the environment campaign of one of the (then) Prince of Wales’ responsible business charities. A passionate environmentalist, he now brings all his passion and expertise together through his own consultancy business, executive producer of Planet Pod podcasts and as a key member of the Achill Management team.

Stephen Farrant


MA (Oxon)
Stephen has extensive leadership experience across the private sector, civil society and the public sector. Passionate about the environment, he has a proven ability to combine an ambitious change agenda with practical solutions to global sustainability challenges. Previously as Director of Sustainability and Innovation, at Business in The Community, he led ground-breaking programmes including the Waste to Wealth campaign, the Circular Economy Taskforce, the innovation, digital and Purpose agendas for the Global Goals, and the Responsible Business Tracker.

Stanley Rayfield


MIET, MEI Associates, RICS
Stan is an energy and environmental consultant dealing with the environmental impact of workplaces. His background spans both engineering and surveying and he brings a strong knowledge of buildings, their services and operational factors. He advises on compliance with ISO energy and environmental management and is an ISO 14001 ISO 150001 and ESOS lead auditor. Stan works with Achill Management as an associate and brings specialist knowledge gained through working with large city law firms.

Beth Palmer

Researcher, Content Producer

BA Hons
Starting out as a runner in documentary producer 3bm TV Beth spent nearly a decade working on an array of documentaries for 3bm and Brook Lapping Productions, working her way up to Producer/Director. She spent two years as an Assistant Producer at BBC World News, Executive Producing series and commissioning and running the short format content for the channel. Following a career break to start a family, Beth looks after two young boys and works as a freelance social media producer and researcher. She provides programme research and social media support to Planet Pod and tries to spend as much time outside and live as sustainably as she possibly can.

Annemarie Thomas

Operations Manager

BA Hons
Annamarie began her working life as an education officer in the British Army, spending a lot of time working with Gurkha soldiers and travelling to Nepal. After starting a family and spending a number of years looking after her three sons, Annamarie has been able to use her variety of skills to work as an operations manager in the third sector and a bursar in an alternative school, while moving frequently as a military family. Annamarie and her family love spending time in the mountains and at the coast and feel strongly about looking after these precious ecosystems for future generations.