Who's Who

Staff

Our staff all work from home and can be contacted by email or phone. Details are on our Contacts page.

Shaun Leonard

Shaun Leonard

Director

Shaun is an unashamed fish bloke, inspired by Jacques Cousteau after a wander around his research vessel Calypso in Mombasa harbour in 1966 and a childhood in and on the Indian Ocean and in the trout streams of southern Ireland. After degrees in marine biology and then pollution, Shaun has had a professional life in fishery management, both game and coarse. He was Head of Fishery Studies at Sparsholt College near Winchester until 2009, when he was gifted a fish bloke’s dream – the post of Director of the Wild Trout Trust. Shaun brings to the Trust a lengthy and ongoing scientific background and continuing involvement with the fisheries and fish farming sectors. He is an avid fisher though continuously disappointed that 45 years of practice appears only to make him worse at the sport with each outing.

Rob Mungoven

Rob Mungoven

Conservation Officer East

Rob joined the WTT in 2017. He is a passionate river man, local campaigner for river conservation and trout fisherman. He previously worked as an ecologist at South Cambs District Council. He has 20 years of experience and many river improvement projects delivered, and his professional and voluntary contribution to river conservation won him WTT’s Wild Trout Hero award in 2016.

Professor Jonathan Grey

Professor Jonathan Grey

Research & Conservation Officer North

Always fascinated by what he couldn't see beneath the water surface, Jon has converted a boyhood addiction to angling into a 'Peter Pan' academic career with research sites ranging from Antarctica to Zambia. With a degree in Aquatic Ecology from Lancaster University, he pursued an interest in aquatic food webs starting with PhD field work for 18 months on an Australian Antarctic research station. Jon was one of the first people in the UK to apply a particular technique called stable isotope analysis (alchemy) to answer aquatic ecological questions and did so to begin with on the wild waters of Loch Ness. Ferox featured in those early studies; in fact trout have always cropped up somewhere along the way. After 25 years of hardcore 'blue skies' academia (latterly as a Reader at Queen Mary University of London), and having served as a technical advisor to the WTT and recognised a shared passion for trout and their use as a sentinel species, Jon brings a new, complementary set of skills to the team. He will maintain academic links on a part-time basis via a Professor in Practice position at Lancaster.

Dr Paul Gaskell

Dr Paul Gaskell

Trout in the Town (north)

An angler from the age of 7, Paul’s career in freshwater ecology has always been fuelled by a passion for angling. He has a degree in Pure and Applied Ecology from the University of Sheffield then worked for three years as an experimental officer performing aquatic toxicity and bioaccumulation studies in invertebrates and fish. He returned to Sheffield University to carry out a Ph.D that established how water-insoluble chemical pollutants can enter aquatic food chains, and then held a post-doctoral research post, managing a project to establish the ecological risk posed by motorway drainage storm runoff. The findings are incorporated into the updated “Design Manual For Roads and Bridges”. With the WTT, Paul is using his skills to protect and improve biodiversity in the UK’s rivers. His academic background also comes in handy when developing cheap aquaria for rearing invertebrates (Mayfly in the Classroom) as well as interrogating the evidence base that guides WTT actions and policy (stocking position statement and habitat interventions). Paul is a very keen fisherman and takes part in volunteer invertebrate monitoring on his local rivers.

Theo Pike

Theo Pike

Trout in the Town (south)

Theo joined the Wild Trout Trust in 2018 as Trout in the Town Officer for the south of England and Wales. Theo was one of the founders of the internationally-respected Wandle river restoration project, which inspired the Trout in the Town programme. He is the Wandle Trust’s (now the South East Rivers Trust) Chair of Trustees. He won WTT’s Bernard Venables Prize (now known as the Wild Trout Hero award) and was recognised as a Sage Conservation Hero. He has written two books on environmental restoration and community empowerment: ‘Trout in Dirty Places’ (Merlin Unwin Books, 2012) which profiled many Trout in the Town groups and documented the rise of the urban fishing and river mending movement in the UK, and ‘The Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing’ (Merlin Unwin books, 2014). Theo now lives in Somerset. .

Mike Blackmore

Mike Blackmore

Conservation Officer South and West

Stepping into the River Chew in Somerset for a school Geography project changed Mike’s life forever. The experience led to an Environmental Science BSc undertaking fieldwork from Dartmoor to the Malaysian rainforest, voluntary work with endangered White-clawed crayfish and a career managing large-scale river restoration projects with Cain Bio-Engineering Ltd.

Mike is a big believer in ‘wild rivers for wild fish’. He is passionate about re-wilding the UK's long over industrialised rivers. Mike was appointed by the WTT in response the high demand for the Trust's fieldwork and aims to make river restoration part of the everyday language of fisheries management.

Dr Tim Jacklin

Dr Tim Jacklin

Conservation Officer Midlands

Tim’s early interest in the aquatic environment was encouraged by his grandfather and the purchase of a Woolworths fishing kit, which led to many school holidays pursuing the fish of Lincolnshire’s rivers and ponds. This interest led to Nottingham University where Tim completed a degree in zoology followed by a PhD on the dynamics of juvenile coarse fish populations in the River Trent. A career in the fisheries section of the National Rivers Authority / Environment Agency followed and his experience includes running a programme of fisheries surveys, abstraction issues relating to hydropower and thermal power stations, habitat restoration projects, the restoration of salmon to the Trent and the construction of fish passes.

Gareth Pedley

Gareth Pedley

Conservation Officer North

Following a degree in Fishery Management, Gareth started his career with a season river keeping on the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire. This helped fund a year out, including 6 months fishing in New Zealand. Gareth then took a post river keeping on the Haddon Estate in Derbyshire, where he contributed to the development of the Estate’s flag-ship wild catch-and-release fishery for trout and grayling. After Haddon, Gareth worked for five years as a Fisheries Technical Officer for the Environment Agency, managing projects and providing advice in the North East, then moved to work as a shared resource with the WTT and Eden Rivers Trust. He now works full time for the WTT. Gareth is passionate about supporting and advising fishery managers and clubs wanting to reduce stocking and promote wild fisheries through habitat improvement and conservation of wild fish stocks.

Ed Eley

Ed Eley

Assistant Conservation Officer South

Ed Eley joined the Wild Trout Trust in 2017 following a degree and a period working as a tree surgeon. He has a passion for wild trout and rivers and is working with Mike Blackmore to become one of the next generation of expert trout habitat river restoration specialists.

Christina Bryant

Christina Bryant

Trust and Data Manager (part-time Mon,Tue,Thur)

Christina is the longest serving member of staff having joined in 2000. She has been a key contributor to the Trust's growth, turning her hand to every possible job, short of installing large woody debris! Her background in the Armed Forces and in journalism has given her a broad set of skills. Her talents include IT and graphic design, as well as terrific organisational and administrative skills. The only member of the team that doesn't fish, she has nonetheless acquired a good understanding of fishing and fishermen!

Denise Ashton

Denise Ashton

Fundraising and Communications (part-time)

Denise started as a volunteer with the Wild Trout Trust and served on the Executive Committee before managing her escape from a long career in the IT industry and joining as a part time member of staff. She studied Geography at University College London and, much later, Environmental Science with the Open University. A late comer to both fishing and fish habitat, she is an expert in neither but has an endless curiosity and enthusiasm for the work of the Trust. Her responsibilities include running the annual Spring auction and managing the content of this website.

Andy Thomas

Andy Thomas

Conservation Officer South and East

Andy has more than 35 years of river and fishery related experiences tucked away following a long and varied career working for Thames Water, The National Rivers Authority, The Environment Agency and, since 2008, as the WTT Conservation Officer for the South and East. Andy is an all round angler, chasing roach (his first love) and mullet as well as trout and sea trout. He has a huge passion for delivering high quality, low cost habitat enhancement projects and is as happy working with volunteers in the river as he is directing machinery on large scale projects. His knowledge of fisheries and habitat management is highly respected by the many people who have worked with him and who he has trained in the art and science of managing rivers.

David Marriott

David Marriott

Trust Secretary

Recently retired from a Sheffield accountancy practice where he was a Partner, David has been our Finance Officer since 2004 and is our Trust Secretary. He is a life-long fly fisher and a passionate advocate of the Wild Trout Trust. Currently he is Secretary of Cressbrook & Litton Flyfishers’ Club, custodians of eleven miles of the Derbyshire Wye in the heart of the Peak District.

Core Volunteers

We are very fortunate to have the support of a huge number of volunteers who work on projects in their local area and are members of fishing clubs or other groups.
We also have a small core team of volunteers who have worked with us for many years in specific roles:

Kris Kent

Kris Kent

Kris is a life member joining the Wild Trout Trust in 2007 and he joined the Executive Committee in 2010 with special responsibilities for new media. He looks after the Trust's social media and provides advice and support on communication. He is a regular volunteer at Trust events and hosts the Trust's annual Grayling Weekend. He is Fishing Manager for Orvis in Stockbridge and Chief Guide at Chalk Stream Dreams having previously worked as a training and development consultant and in food manufacturing and retailing. When not helping out the Trust he is a keen fly-fisherman and can be found most weekends by a river somewhere in the UK.

Patrick Lloyd

Patrick Lloyd

Patrick was a founder member of the Wild Trout Society and has been a core volunteer ever since. He played a major role, representing the WTT, in the £1.5m River Monnow Project and is a key member of the team that runs the annual Spring Auction. He is currently Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Monnow Rivers Association and a trustee of the Wye & Usk Foundation. He is keen (dry fly) trout fisherman

Sean Flanagan

Sean Flanagan

Sean studied at Yale University and then Harvard Law school, spending time in Afghanistan before moving to the UK initially as a lawyer, then in the Banking sector in London. He has been a volunteer with the WTT since 2002 and is responsible for instigating the highly successful auction run by the WTT on eBay each year. He continues to make a huge contribution in supporting the auction each year despite having a very busy career. He has a young family but squeezes in occasional fishing trips in the UK and when he returns home to the USA.

Neil Mundy

Neil Mundy

Neil is a former Naval officer and spent 30 years working for John Lewis as a manager for Waitrose. He spent six months on secondment to the WTT in 2000 through the John Lewis Golden Jubilee scheme. During this time he founded the WTT Three Fly competition which is held annually at Meon Springs and had raised over £40,000 for the WTT by 2018. Neil is the Chairman of the John Lewis FFC and a Director of the services charity, Fishing For Forces. He is now running his own gardening business with his son Christopher and can normally be found fishing at Leckford on the Test or for bonefish, tarpon and permit in warmer waters.

Trustees 

Dr David Fraser — Chairman

David Fraser works for the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) based near Oxford. David’s ecological roots lie in salmonid ecology gained in particular via his PhD. This focussed on the ecologically distinct co-occurring races of Arctic charr present in Lochs Rannoch, Ericht and Tay in Scotland and also explored the interactions of charr and trout in these waters. David then relocated to the flatlands of East Anglia, to take up the role of National Freshwater Fisheries adviser with English Nature dealing with a range of fisheries and conservation issues on designated sites. David is a keen, although due to family commitments, currently infrequent angler of both rivers and lakes, with a penchant for waters where the choice of fly is less important than possession of a compass, map and walking boots.

Edward Twiddy

Edward studied as an undergraduate at Durham University (comfortably close to the River Wear) and undertook postgraduate studies in life sciences and international law. He has worked for the UN in Iraq and on a number of international boundary disputes in Arabia and Asia. In 2003, he joined the Treasury, followed by a secondment as Chief Executive for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and is now Chief Innovations Officer & Company Secretary of Atom Bank. He manages to combine his challenging role in a new Bank with a young family and occasional fishing trips for sea trout and brown trout. Edward’s involvement with the WTT started with a project on the River Witham, and with the experience from that project, he took on the then voluntary role of WTT Projects Coordinator. 

Dr Gary Mantle MBE 

Gary is long-term friend and supporter of the Wild Trout Trust and now a Trustee. He has a degree in ecology and his doctorate involved the impacts of fish farming. He was awarded an MBE in 2000 for his services to conservation. Gary has been Director of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust since 1990 and founded the Sensory Trust which champions equal environmental opportunities for people with a disability. Gary brings to the Board of Trustees a broad understanding of, and influence in, the world of conservation and sustainability. He is also an angler, as happy fishing for barbel as for trout. 

Chris Watson

Chris Watson is Partner and European Head of Telecommunications at CMS Cameron McKenna, a City law firm. He uses his legal skills to good effect as a Trustee, and when not working hard as a lawyer, endeavours to grow the best wines in Chablis and Irancy and squeeze in some fishing in the UK and around the world. 

Dr Graham Coley

Graham is a retired Company Executive, who originally worked as a research scientist, with a wide experience of the management of Science, Engineering and Technology businesses in both the Public and the Private sectors. He is a dedicated fly-fisher, passionately concerned about ensuring a future for wild brown trout, grayling and Atlantic salmon. He is a member of the Piscatorial Society, and the Flyfisher’s Club, and involved with the Upper Oykel in Sutherland. In his role as Trustee, he has a focus on advising about strategy, operational management and compliance. He aims to help the organisation to grow effectively and succeed in its mission whilst keeping its overhead costs to an absolutely essential minimum. 

Alan Kettle-White

Alan is the Senior Fisheries Biologist with the Argyll Fisheries Trust. He graduated from Sparsholt College in 1997, with an Honours degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management. Before joining AFT in 1998, Alan had previously worked for the Environment Agency in England. He was promoted to Senior Fisheries Biologist in 1999 and has led the AFT to many of its achievements to date. His main interests are habitat restoration and the role of genetics in fisheries management. He is particularly well known for catching, tracking and re-catching huge ferox trout from Loch Awe.

Dr Dafydd Evans

Dafydd has a PhD in fisheries from Hull University and is a senior manager with the Environment Agency. He was previously the EA’s Head of Fisheries, and in addition to this career, he has worked with the Forestry Commission, the Freshwater Biological Association and Welsh Water. He grew up close to the River Towy in Wales, so not surprisingly he has been a keen fisherman since the age of 9.

Dr Jenny Mant

Jenny joined the WTT as a Trustee in June 2016, but was already well known to the Trust as a judge of the WTT Conservation Awards for six years, using her wide knowledge of all elements of river management to assess some really fantastic initiatives.
Following a degree in Geography, she completed a PhD on sediment and vegetation in dryland’ rivers in Spain. She worked at the River Restoration Centre for 14 years as head of the technical team and now works as a principal consultant for Ricardo-AEA, in their water sector team. In her spare’ time, Jenny enjoys walking, cycling, traveling, and tennis. She seems to always end up being involved with projects within her local community. Jenny is never averse to spending time along a river and is happy to get stuck in with the practical side of restoration. Ultimately, anything outdoors and she is happiest. 

David Lloyd

David has almost 40 years of experience in communications and marketing. Originally a journalist, he worked as managing director of Financial Dynamics, a leading international public relations consultancy, for 15 years before retiring in 2010. Since then, he has been a volunteer for a number of community-based organisations, including six years as a Trustee of Street League, a charity that uses football to help disadvantaged, unemployed young people get their lives back on track. David’s life-long passion for fishing began at the age of eight, float fishing for roach and dace in the Thames. These days, he coarse fishes in the winter and fishes the fly the rest of the time, with the brown trout, sea trout and salmon of the Frome in Dorset, where he has a home, a particular focus. 

George Seligman

George practised for many years as a corporate lawyer, retiring in late 2012 from the City law firm, Slaughter and May. He divides his time between London and his farm in the Test valley. He has a strong interest in education, chairing the governors of Winchester House School in Brackley, Northamptonshire, and being a trustee of Countryside Learning, a charity that educates inner city children about the countryside. He is also the Chairman of the Wessex Chalk Streams and Rivers Trust. He is a keen fly fisherman for trout and salmon.

Scientific Advisory Panel

The Wild Trout Trust is fortunate to be able to draw on a wide range of specialist expertise to inform our work.

Dr Allan Frake

Neil Auchterlonie, CEFAS

Dr Alan Butterworth

Professor Adrian Collins, ADAS 

Professor Alastair Driver, Exeter University

Professor Andy Ferguson, Queens University

Dr Paul Kemp, Southampton University

Vaughan Lewis, Windrush AEC Consulting

Dr Guy Mawle

Dr Mike Pawson, CEFAS (retired)

Professor David Sear, Southampton University

Dr Katie Sumner, Environment Agency

Dr John Webb, Marine Scotland Freshwater Laboratory

Dr Chris Williams, Environment Agency

Presidents and Vice Presidents

President: Jon Beer

Vice Presidents:

Matthew Wright

Ross Brawn

Charles Rangeley-Wilson

Professor David Bellamy

Brian Clarke

Sir Gareth Edwards

Oliver Edwards

Dr Malcolm Greenhalgh

Pat O’Reilly

Peter O’Reilly

Jeremy Paxman

Paul Procter

Rt Hon Lord (David) Steel of Aikwood