Meet Our team

The Trust currently employs a team of over 30 staff, who collectively have a diverse breadth of experience and high-level expertise. It is the wealth of knowledge and experience of the Trust staff where our real strength lies.

Management Team

Dr Laurence Couldrick

Dr Laurence Couldrick

CEO

Laurence specialises in the ecosystems approach & is passionate about joining up delivery to get true integrated catchment management, where we think holistically about what we need as a society from our land.

Dr Bruce Stockley

Dr Bruce Stockley

Head of Fisheries

Bruce is a fisheries scientist who, for over 5 years has been working to make Westcountry rivers, streams, estuaries and coastal waters a better place for fish to live in and for people to enjoy.

Kelly Sivorn

Kelly Sivorn

Head of Finance

Kelly has overall responsibility for the accounting and finance function of the Trust. Kelly has significant Charity experience and loves combining her accounting and finance skills with working for the Trust and making our small part of the world a better place.

Dr Nick Paling

Dr Nick Paling

Head of Data, Evidence & Communications

Nick specialises in the visualisation and communication of strategic information to target actions into the most important areas and predict/measure the improvements that might be realised.

Dr Russell Smith

Dr Russell Smith

Commercial Director

Russell directs and manages diverse and multi-disciplinary projects. He has over 15 years’ experience in catchment management/planning and environmental monitoring working in the public and private sector.

Hazel Kendall

Hazel Kendall

Head of Land Management

Hazel’s role is to help support and co-ordinate the Team of Advisors as well as work alongside them in the field. Many of our projects are multi-faceted, covering land and water as their target issues hence a wide understanding of the pressures driving conditions as well as the ability to engage with farmers and a whole range of other interested parties is essential.

Adrian Dowding

Adrian Dowding

Senior Fisheries Officer

Primarily involved in managing fish pass installations, Adrian has a keen interest in all river-ologies and the technical delivery of long term sustainable improvements to rivers and catchments.

Annabel Martin

Annabel Martin

Land Management Officer

Annabel is a member of the Trust’s farm advisory team, specialising in soil and nutrient management and advising farmers on fencing watercourses and improving yard infrastructure.

David Chapman

David Chapman

Land & Fisheries Officer

Elly Greenway

Elly Greenway

Evidence & Engagement Intern

Elly uses her experience in GIS and risk modelling to present and analyse data across the range of ongoing projects. She also provides engagement and communication services through the Facebook page and Website blog.

Giles Rickard

Giles Rickard

Senior Land and Fisheries Officer

Giles delivers both catchment scale improvements such as Upstream Thinking and fisheries management actions. Giles has a good understanding of both agricultural systems and fisheries habitat monitoring and enhancement, which is invaluable when combined together.

James Gilbert

James Gilbert

Data & Evidence Officer

After completing his master’s degree in Environmental Consultancy, James recently joined the Westcountry Rivers Trust. At the Trust James assists with the analysis, visualisation and reporting of environmental data, usually with the aid of Geographical Information Systems, in order to identify areas to target measures to improve river water quality.

Jo Neville

Jo Neville

Senior Ecologist

Jo is a Senior Ecologist with over 10 years experience in ecological surveys and assessments across a wide range of habitats.  Jo provides ecological input to a diverse range of projects, from river restoration and habitat creation, through to spatial planning and green infrastructure. Jo also manages projects for the consultancy arm of the Trust and holds survey licences for bats, dormice and great crested newts.

Jodie Simmons

Jodie Simmons

Data & Evidence Officer

Jodie is an aquatic biologist who specialises in water quality monitoring and the communication of science. Jodie works in the field and also maintains the Trust’s many websites and social media profiles.

John Hickey

John Hickey

Senior Scientific Officer

John is responsible for advising farmers and delivering the whole farm management plans with special attention placed on the protection of soil and water resources and ensuring physical works are encouraged to restore and maintain river ecosystems.

Julia Kormanic

Julia Kormanic

Finance Officer

Julia works in the Finance department of the Trust, managing and monitoring the financial aspects of the charity’s projects, restricted funds and income streams.  Julia is also responsible for the project accounting of INTERREG, Life+  and other EU projects.

Katharina Bauer

Katharina Bauer

Data & Evidence Officer

Kathi works on linking the wide range of ecosystem services that rivers provide with ways that human choices have an impact on the ecosystem. With a background in ecology and ecosystem services, her focus is not only on the natural environment and its processes but also on the interaction between social and natural systems.

Layla Ousley

Layla Ousley

Land & Fisheries Officer

Lisève Fierens

Lisève Fierens

Assistant Aquatic Surveyor

Lisève has joined the ecology branch of WRT to help with invasive non-native species surveys around Devon and Cornwall. She has special interest in fisheries and helps on other projects using her various skills.

Lucy Morris

Lucy Morris

Data, Evidence & Communications Team Manager

With a background in ecology and environmental management, Lucy’s main interests lie in spatial planning and the development of payments for ecosystem services schemes. Lucy’s specialisms include data analysis, visualisation and communications.

Martin Harmer

Martin Harmer

Farm Advisor

Matt Healey

Matt Healey

Fisheries Officer

Matt is a Fisheries Officer for Westcountry Rivers Trust and undertakes surveys to inform and implement appropriate actions for improvements to water quality and in river habitats.

Nicola Dyer

Nicola Dyer

Senior Ecologist

Nicola is a Senior Ecologist at Tamar Ecology with over twenty years of consultancy experience. She has particular expertise in managing surveys for large scale development projects and coordinating ecological impact assessments across a diverse range of sectors.

Olivia Cresswell

Olivia Cresswell

Land & Fisheries Officer

Phil Turnbull

Phil Turnbull

Assistant Rivers Officer

Phil’s role is to assist in the delivery and development of projects that aim to conserve and improve fish populations, through encouraging and engaging in river habitat protection and management.

Ross Cherrington

Ross Cherrington

Senior Farm Advisor

Ross has worked for the Trust as a Farm Advisor for 12 years and specialises in delivering cost-beneficial solutions to watercourse protection and best-practice advice on farms across the Westcountry

Sarah Howe

Sarah Howe

Finance Officer

Sarah works in the Finance and Accounts department, focusing on the integral management of the Trust’s core accounts and comprehensively ensuring all administrational responsibilities are fulfilled to the highest standard

Sarah Wigley

Sarah Wigley

Data & Evidence Officer

Sarah specialises in the use of GIS to analyse and display spatial datasets (e.g. fish populations, habitat types and water quality) in order to monitor the health of river systems and identify areas for improvement

Scott West

Scott West

Fisheries Scientist

Scott is a fisheries ecologist and project manager with specific interests in eel conservation and fish passage. Scott is also a lecturer in fisheries, leads WRT’s educational remit and has a national role with the Institute of Fisheries Management

Shona McCombie

Shona McCombie

Senior Ecologist

Shona has considerable experience in providing the ecological lead for large scale utility schemes including carrying out the ecological surveys, reporting and the planning and implementation of mitigation. Shona’s expertise lies in Ecological Impact Assessments, Habitats Regulations Assessments, European Protected Species Licence applications and Ecological Clerk of Works.

Simon Browning

Simon Browning

Senior Data & Evidence Officer

 Yog (Iorwerth) Watkins

Yog (Iorwerth) Watkins

Senior Land Officer

Yog has considerable experience in engaging and delivering advice to farmers through one-to-one visits, developing whole farm plans, running farming workshops and presentations to wider stakeholders including private companies, community interest groups and students.