Meet the team


Editor Fergus lives in deepest Monmouthshire with his family, where his neighbours are farmers, buzzards and sheep. When not working on the magazine he keeps chickens, grows vegetables and attempts to live more self-sufficiently. 

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JOE PONTIN, Features Editor

Joe fills the magazine with interesting features from all corners of the British countryside. He loves spending weekends with his three young children, exploring the woods and hills near the village where they live.

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CARYS MATTHEWS, Group Digital Editor

Carys is the Group Digital Editor of and our sister title She also looks after the magazine's social media channels and editorial newsletter.

Carys loves long-distance hiking, trail running, bike-packing, swimming outdoors and wild camping.

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Hilary commissions all the great photographs and art work that feature in the magazine. She's always on the lookout for stunning new images from around Great Britain.

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LAURA PHILLIPS, Deputy Art Editor

Laura is the magazine's Deputy Art Editor. She likes roller derby, country bike rides, cosy pubs and cat cuddling.

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TIM BATES, Art Editor

Tim has been with the magazine since its launch in 2008 and is responsible for its design. He spends his spare time chasing around his two young sons, who loves nothing more than putting on his wellingtons and going on adventures.

Maria Hodson wears a blue jumper and stands smiling in front of coast

MARIA HODSON, Production Editor 

Production Editor Maria jumped ship from the Big Smoke for Bristol and loves paddleboarding, hiking and camping and all things seaside and spontaneous.

Daniel Graham of BBC Countryfile Magazine on a hike with wet hair and blue coat and hills in background

DANIEL GRAHAM, Section Editor

Danny is the Section Editor of BBC Countryfile Magazine. He has been working for the publication for five years and is responsible for commissioning, editing and writing articles for the Great Days Out section, which offers ideas and inspiration for exploring the UK countryside. After completing Dartmoor’s Ten Tors challenge as a teenager, walking has shaped Danny’s life. Over the past 15 years he has wandered many great trails, short and long, including a 2,000-mile journey through central Europe, a 500-mile exploration of the Scottish Highlands and, most recently, a 300-mile south-to-north passage through the beautiful mountains and valleys of Wales along the Cambrian Way. He has an unhealthy obsession with maps and has tested hundreds of Ordnance Survey walking routes around the UK, sampling and reviewing boots, rain jackets and the odd pair of socks as he goes.