About us

Amanda Carpenter


BA Hons, Msc (London)
Amanda Carpenter founded Achill Management to enable her to do something positive about the state of the planet. Helping firms to transition towards net zero, to take meaningful actions to reduce their environmental impact and have a positive influence on those they work has become something of an obsession. She has worked across public, private, and not for profit sectors at C-Suite and Board level for many years and is a passionate and confident communicator advocating change and encouraging action. She is a Trustee for the Environmental Law Foundation and spends much of her spare time hosting Planet Pod the successful environmental 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 and public sectors as well as civil society. Previously as Director of Sustainability and Innovation at Business in The Community, he led innovative programmes including the Circular Economy Taskforce, BITC’s digital and Purpose agendas, and the Responsible Business Tracker.

Steve started his career in marketing, operations and strategy roles at BA, followed by a decade with VisitBritain. A senior role at the RSA was then followed by 6 years as Director of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, on whose Board he now serves. He is also a member of SGN’s Environmental Advisory Panel.

Stephen is a qualified Executive Coach (Henley Business School), lives in west London and holds British and French citizenship.

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.

Camilla Haycock

Operations Manager

BA Joint Hons
Camilla started her working life as PA to high-ranking officers in the Royal Navy before leaving to start a family. She continued with PA work for the Senior Management Team of a large housing association in the South West before a move to Suffolk took her to Ipswich Town Football Club as their Media and PR Manager. Latterly, she has been the Office Manager for a marketing agency in Ipswich. She is a volunteer for the Coasts and Heaths AONB and her passion for the environment is further driven by her love of the beautiful Suffolk countryside where she walks her two collie dogs.