Aj graduated from Plymouth University in 1996 and has worked mostly in Devon in the conservation land management and ecology sector; briefly for Devon Wildlife Trust, then RSPB for 15 years based at the Exe Estuary Reserves and six years with the National Trust on Dartmoor. Aj joined FWAG SW, in Jan 2021 and has been working with landowners across the southwest designing, advising and practically delivering wetlands including the restoration of existing farm ponds, replacing ghost ponds lost to the landscape and designing large-scale wetland sites including Pawlett Hams and Steart in somerset and Elmore Court in Glos.