AnglingTrust The voice of Angling


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.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive

Mark LloydBorn and raised in Dorset in the South West of England, Mark's first experience of a river was the River Yeo at the bottom of his garden, where he first learnt to fish for gudgeon, minnows and roach. When it was destroyed by flood defence works he started, aged 10, a campaign to protect it.  He learnt to fish for mackerel on Chesil Beach shortly afterwards.  He went on to study Geography at Oxford and then completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Water Management before volunteering to start a project in London to restore the capital's rivers and canals in 1994. The project succeeded in engaging tens of thousands of volunteers to haul rubbish out of the tidal Thames, create new wildlife habitats and clean up derelict areas.
By 2005 Thames21 had become a registered charity, employing 17 staff and turning over more than £1million a year, of which he was the Chief Executive.  He was then recruited to take over running the Anglers’ Conservation Association and has since led the unification of angling organisations.  He lives in South Wales and fishes in the River Usk 50 yards from his house and all over the UK. He mainly pursues salmon and sea trout, but is equally happy plugging and fly-fishing for bass and pollack from rocky shorelines in West Wales, Dorset and the Channel islands. 

Mark serves on both the Angling Trust Board and Fish Legal Committee.

David Kent

David KentDavid has been a coarse angler for over 50 years but also spent 20 enjoyable years stillwater game fishing and making regular trips to either Wales or Yorkshire to boat fish in the sea.
His first love is competition fishing having fished 24 National Championships as a member of his club team. Won a team gold medal in 1975. 40 years as an administrator at club, regional and national level, David has also been General Secretary of his club, Long Eaton Victoria Angling Society, for 32 years. Currently also Vice-Chair of Midlands Regional Forum; Secretary of River Trent Anglers Joint Council; Board Member Erewash Community Sports Network; Angling Trust representative to British Waterways. David wants to see the Angling Trust properly engage with all anglers and then consolidate with the other National Bodies to truly become the voice of angling. His current challenge "Trying to turn my four grandsons into anglers"!
David spent 32 years in the water industry concluding as Systems Manager for Severn Trent Water and spent a  further 10 years until retirement as Manager of the East Midlands Business and Environment Club.

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.

Richard Vincent

Dick VincentDick is a qualified Chartered Accountant and joined the Angling Trust Board in 2010, soon after retiring from the accountancy firm KPMG having been a senior partner there for 8 years prior to which he had been a partner with accountants PwC for many years. Dick’s particular focus on the Board is Finance and Governance, and he chairs the Finance, Personnel & Business Continuity Committee. Dick has also been Chair of Fish Legal for the past 4 years.

Dick’s other Non-Executive roles include being a Member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee of the Government Department UK Trade and Investment ("UKTI”) as well as being Hon. Treasurer of the Information Technologists Livery Company. Dick has a Masters Degree in Modern Languages from Cambridge University and has worked extensively internationally including the USA, Russia, Brazil, the Far East as well as across Europe.

Dick has been an angler since the age of 4 from when his father used to take him fishing on the Rivers Wye, Bristol Avon, Nene and Ouse as well as both beach and off-the-rocks fishing in Cornwall. In latter years Dick has developed his skills also in fly fishing, mainly on the Hampshire & Wiltshire chalk streams, though his fishing exploits have reached as far as the Colorado River and Thailand.

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.

Donna Harris

Donna HarrisDonna started her career at Bauer Media (then known as EMAP) in 1995 as Junior Telesales for the Angling Times and then developed her career to become Commercial Director for the entire Angling portfolio in 2008.

Angling Times, Trout & Salmon, Sea Angler, Trout Fisherman, Improve Your Coarse Fishing and Carp Feed are the current print publications within the Bauer stable with and the digital propositions. Donna is also the Director of the Golf portfolio including Today’s Golfer and Golf World magazines.
On her first fishing trip in September 2010 Donna was fortunate to catch a salmon. This started her addiction to the sport of angling and she now fishes every discipline whenever possible.
Donna also volunteers as a trustee for Get Hooked on Fishing which she has done for the past 4-5 years, latterly as Secretary. She chose this particular charity because of their support for young people who are troubled or who have special needs. As a mum of a young person on the autistic spectrum she truly testifies to the values of angling as a positive pastime. She also is extremely proud of the charity’s work with local communities and families attracting new anglers into our sport.

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.

Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ
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