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Meet the Angling Trust Board

George Stephenson, Chairman

George Stephenson 2George Stephenson spent 25 years in Africa running safari camps before setting up a highly successful business for Roxton Bailey Robinson arranging fishing expeditions throughout the world. He is also Chairman of the Save the Rhino Campaign and he now lives on his farm in Wiltshire which includes two miles of the River Nadder and a carp lake. He has been a passionate all round angler since the age of 4, catching coarse, sea and game fish throughout the UK and around the world.

The Chairman has identified a number of priorities for the organisation over the coming years, which include:
  • Accelerating the steady growth in membership of the Trust among individuals, clubs, fisheries, riparian owners, the angling trade, and charter boats.
  • Increasing fundraising from private donors and corporate sponsorship to support specific campaigns and the English national angling teams.
  • Continuing to develop the relationships with Sport England and in particular the Environment Agency to deliver the National Angling Strategy.
  • Working more closely with the various disparate angling organisations in Wales and Scotland to create more unified representation for anglers throughout the UK.
  • Recruiting new volunteers to the Angling Trust board to provide strategic direction to an organisation that turns over nearly £2.5 million a year and employs nearly 60 staff.

Roland Caley, Acting Chief Executive

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Roland joined the Angling Trust in November 2015 and was appointed Acting Chief Executive in June 2019 until a replacement for outgoing CEO Mark Lloyd joins later in the year. Roland's permanent role is Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for finance, HR, business contracts and statutory compliance for both the Angling Trust and Fish Legal.

Nigel Haywood

Nigel Haywood - DirectorRetired after 30 years in the Diplomatic Service, most recently serving as Ambassador to Estonia; Consul-General in Basra; and Governor of the Falkland Islands. He has negotiated effectively at the highest political levels and has broad media experience.

Nigel has been a sea, coarse and game angler for more than 50 years, and a life member of the ACA/Angling Trust for nearly 30 years, serving on the ACA Council from 1989 to 1996.

He has written for a variety of angling publications, both print and online, and contributed to Merlin Unwin’s “The One that Got Away”.

A keen saltwater fly fisherman, Nigel is also a member of various trout syndicates as well as BASS, the Wild Trout Trust, the Civil Service Angling Society and the Frome, Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association. Nigel is the Honorary President of the Golden Scale Club.

Tim Macpherson

Tim Macpherson - directorAn angler since age 11 and an Angling Trust member since its inception Tim is one of the main drivers behind setting up the successful Sussex Marine Region and has led on a number of campaigns including the ongoing issue over management measures inside the Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone and Black Bream breeding sites. He has also been involved in setting up and running family open days in Shoreham Port and along the coast in Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings where he is a member of three angling clubs.

Tim is one of the founders of the Bexhill Sea Angling Festival and Bexhill Festival of the Sea. He is a digital publisher and angling film maker running publishing outlets for anglers, creating and delivering content for anglers in Sussex including newsletters, web content, video and other assets.

He spent 15 years as a senior executive in two major media companies, as a profit centre head, publisher, event director and company director. He has nearly 30 years experience in business development and communication within publishing and media companies covering PR, marketing, event organising, advertising, digital media, design, sales and advertising across digital and print media.

Sarah Collins

Sarah Collins AmbassadorCurrently the Chief Executive Officer of the charity Get Hooked on Fishing, Sarah was previously the Headteacher at three schools in Yorkshire. She is a relative newcomer to the world of fishing and her son must take responsibility for introducing her and causing her to 'get hooked'! This family experience really highlighted the potential health, well-being and educational benefits that angling can bring to people. Sarah uses many methods to fish for coarse fish on rivers, canals, lakes and ponds and is always keen to learn more!

Increasing angling participation in general and creating more opportunities for children, young people and families are Sarah's main interest. She sees access to timely and appropriate advice and guidance as being key to helping people on their angling journeys.

Safeguarding young people and child protection in angling are particular priorities and, as Chair of the Angling Development Advisory Committee, Sarah will be working closely with the Angling Trust's Head of Participation and Coach Development Manager, Sport England and the Environment Agency to ensure this.

George Graham

George Graham 200pxGeorge spent 20 years as a journalist with the Financial Times, working in London, Paris and Washington DC. After five years heading the FT’s Lex column for five years (moonlighting at the same time as angling columnist in its weekend magazine) he worked for 12 years in the strategy team of a large bank, managing relationships with government and regulators. He is now trustee of a £40 billion pension fund, where he chairs the investment committee, and chairman of another £1 billion investment fund.

He began catching brown trout on Hebridean lochs and eels in the rather muddier waters of Dumfriesshire. There he experienced the devastating effects on fish stocks of poorly designed flood protection works when the then Ministry of Agriculture dredged and canalised the River Lochar. Most of his fishing today is for trout and grayling in southern England, but he has tried his hand further afield and claims to have caught one of the last trout on a fly from Iran’s Lar river before it was dammed to create a reservoir. He is a member of the Grayling Society and a keen cyclist.

Yvonne Webb

Yvonne WebbYvonne started fishing at the age of six with her father and brother. In her childhood she fished the River Dove, which ran through her grandparents’ farm. Later, she regularly fished local canals for coarse species and in the 1990s, Yvonne took up fly fishing, which is now her main sport.

She is a regular at the Midland reservoirs and enters several competitions every year, while also enjoying more leisurely angling on rivers. Yvonne has also taken part in international competitions with the England Ladies Fly Fishers team and has competed in Wales, Scotland and England.

Keen to get into sea fishing, too, Yvonne and her partner have been to Florida and Cuba recently to target tarpon, snapper, barracuda and bone fish.

Yvonne spent the first ten years of her career in academic research at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and University College London. In 2000, she set up her own company providing consultancy and project management services to the NHS. She belongs to several networks specialising in system dynamics, and is active in writing papers for conferences and journals and in contributing to learning and knowledge in healthcare strategy.

Peter Neale

Peter Neale Angling Trust director with wreck wrasse x550pxAs a grassroots angler with experience across most of the pleasure angling sectors, Peter offers a truly independent and representative voice on the Angling Trust board.

Since a very early age, Peter's love of fishing was supported by his father and uncle who were countrymen and taught him not only the skills to catch fish but the love of nature and protection of the environment.

Today he still maintains these values in all the elements of angling be it freshwater, match, game or sea fishing, although firmly believes there is a balance needed between the access and right to fish and the need to manage sustainable angling for the future.

Peter is now recently retired but his work in the Construction Industry took him across Britain and overseas, including South Africa and India, where he always snapped up every opportunity to take time out to fish, resulting in an experience in all types of angling.

His concerns for the future of all angling includes the decline in river angling access due to the high rents demanded by landowners, the uncontrolled introduction of invasive species into our wild waters, the impact of intensive salmon fish farming in Scotland, the lack of apparent support in Government for sea angling in the new fisheries bill and the need to educate all anglers that we are the custodians for the protection of our environment.

Chris Mills

Chris Mills, Angling Trust director x400pxA biology graduate, Chris carried out research into salmon and sea trout for the Salmon Research Trust of Ireland (1979-1989). Subsequently, he joined the National Rivers Authority and then the Environment Agency.

His posts included Head of Wildlife, Recreation and Marine and Director of Environment Agency Wales. Most recently, Chris was Director of Resource Management for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

A life-long angler, Chris is currently a Council Member of the Institute of Fisheries Management and a member of the Honorary Scientific Panel of the Atlantic Salmon Trust.

Mark Summerfield

Mark Summerfield x350pxOur most recent board member, Mark joined in November 2018. A chartered accountant, he qualified and worked with KPMG for 29 years, the last 18 as a partner, and then spent time in industry as the CFO of a FTSE250 business before retiring earlier in the year. Mark is a member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee before taking over from Dick Vincent as Chair upon Dick’s retirement next year.

Mark has advised businesses, both large and small, on managing the risks associated with growth and will help the Trust continue to develop its governance and control framework as it expands. He has also advised charities and trusts throughout his career, including nine years as a trustee of Springboard, who help disadvantaged and underprivileged young people into work. Mark is therefore particularly interested in how we can increase angling participation amongst the young.

A keen angler since he was a boy, fishing with friends in the gravel pits around Cambridge, more recently Mark has taken up fly fishing including for Clanwilliam Yellowfish in South Africa and bass in the USA. Following his recent retirement both Mark and his wife are looking forward to him spending more time on the bank.

Peter Emery

Peter Emery 2 x250Pete joined the Angling Trust Board in October 2019 and has been an angler for over 40 years having learned to fish on the park lakes of Sheffield and surrounding reservoirs. In his teenage years he continued his angling apprenticeship on the River Trent before moving on to enjoy the commercial carp fishing scene and most recently the silver fish packed into Fenland drains.

Pete is a keen match fisherman and regularly fishes club matches with the occasional foray on to the open circuit. Whilst he enjoys nothing better than catching a net full of roach, he would also describe himself as an enthusiastic but incompetent trout angler who also enjoys lure fishing for pike.

In a professional capacity Pete worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years and spent much of that time in the role of Chief Operating Officer for a global bank where he gained experience across a broad range of disciplines including marketing, strategy, project management, operations, risk management and HR. He now owns his own interim management business and is looking forward to the opportunity to give something back to the sport that he is so passionate about. In particular, he is interested in helping to build bridges across the wider angling community and to promote the restorative benefits of fishing.

Stephen Beverley

Stephen Beverley CROPStephen learned to fish as a boy on the rivers of Yorkshire where his interest soon drew him to the delights of fly fishing mainly for trout. He became something of a specialist on still waters. He now concentrates on fishing for wild trout and grayling on the River Wyley as a member of the Wilton Fly Fishers.

As well as the UK he has fished for trout  over the world from the lochs of Ireland to the rivers of South Africa and  the United States. He has also fished for salmon in Scotland and Canada and big game fish in the waters off Kenya, Antigua and Barbados.

A solicitor by profession, he has been qualified for 35 years and since training  in Yorkshire has practiced in the West End of London where he specialises in advising companies and individuals on employment law, commercial litigation and dispute resolution as well as advising directors, shareholders and companies on a wide range of commercial matters.

He was proud to be the secretary of the Lawyers Fishing Club for three decades.

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