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 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 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 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 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 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