Meet our teamThe trust currently employs a team of more than 40 staff, who collectively have a diverse breadth of experience and high-level expertise. It is in the wealth of knowledge and experience of the trust staff where our real strength lies.
Dr Laurence Couldrick
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
Head of Fisheries
Bruce has spent the past 10 years repairing the rivers of the Westcountry. He works to make our rivers a better place for fish to live in, and for people to enjoy.
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
Head of Evidence & Engagement
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.
Head of Land Management
Hazel manages the Land Team and oversees a range of projects which develop engagement with farmers, landowners and the wider agricultural industry to provide advice and support which helps identify new opportunities – delivering positive practical change for sustainable environmental and economic benefits.
Devon River & Fisheries Manager
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.
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.
River Habitat Officer
Ben will be using his background in environmental sciences and his experience as an aborist to deliver a variety of in river habitat development projects.
James is primarily responsible for delivering the Fish Pass mobile app as part of the Water For Growth project, making token fishing within Cornwall easier. He grew up fishing the rivers, still waters and reservoirs around Bodmin Moor and the wider Westcountry, spending much of his time on his grandparents trout fishery. This experience fostered his interest in ecosystems and habitat management.
Land & Fisheries Officer
With a background in landscape design and management, Dave’s main interests lie in environmental protection and restoration as well as being a keen angler. His primary responsibility currently is the delivery of fish passage improvements across the Fowey and Camel catchments as part of the Water For Growth project.
Cornwall Fisheries Team Leader & Senior Land 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.
Dr Holly Pearson
Monitoring Programme Coordinator
Holly specialises in water quality monitoring and environmental data analysis. She assists the team both in reporting on the effectiveness of interventions and targeting areas for improvement, and monitoring and maintaining sensors deployed in various catchments under investigation
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.
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.
River and Fisheries Officer
Craig assists with river and habitat surveys, semi and fully quantitative electrofishing surveys and SNIFFER surveys of weirs. He helps with data analysis, produces GIS maps and creates reports for numerous projects. He also works with the River Ops team with riparian and river habitat restoration and improvements. Outside of work, he’s a fishing enthusiast and can be found beside a lake chasing big carp.
Evidence & Engagement 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. She is also a project manager.
Senior Farm Advisor
Ross has worked for the trust as a Farm Advisor since 2002 and specialises in delivering cost-beneficial solutions to watercourse protection and best-practice advice on farms across the Westcountry
Senior Evidence & Engagement 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
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 is a Senior Ecologist at Tamar Ecology with over 20-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.
Martin Harmer has worked in the Rivers Trust movement for 17 years, now catchment advisor for the Tamar. He has a wide experience of farming, forestry and fisheries, capable of engaging and advising on all aspects of catchment management. Martin recognises stakeholder cooperation and economics are vital drivers for success to improve water quality and biodiversity.
Finance & Facilities Administrator
Victoria supports the project accounts in collating and maintaining financial information for claims, provides general day-to-day finance admin support, and is responsible for aspects of Health & Safety and HR.
Evidence & Engagement Officer
Rosie works on a range of projects which aim to engage people with their local environment. This includes working with communities to co-create Sustainable Drainage Systems, developing Westcountry CSI (our citizen science water quality monitoring scheme), working with stakeholders at all levels through the CaBA movement, and using GIS to analyse, present and use environmental data in an accessible way.
Senior Monitoring & Evidence Officer
Simon has a wealth of experience with catchment scale environmental monitoring instrumentation. He has worked in a variety of roles including the development of novel monitoring tools and installation of real-time monitoring systems. Simon leads the water quality monitoring activities at the trust and has developed the Westcountry CSI volunteer monitoring scheme
River and Fisheries Officers
As River and Fisheries Officers, Sam is responsible for riparian tree work and fisheries studies. When he’s not working he can be found on the riverbank, fly fishing.
Land & Fisheries Officer
Olivia joined the Trust in 2011 to conduct fisheries habitat walkover surveys on the River Teign, where over 100 km of the river catchment was surveyed. Olivia has since managed several river restoration projects, fish pass projects and monitoring across south Devon and Dorset, including a large Catchment Restoration Fund project, DTRIP.
Dr Polly Couldrick
River and Fisheries Commercial Team Leader
Polly is an aquatic consultant with extensive experience of both marine and freshwater ecological surveys specialising in fisheries and the ecology of the European Eel (Anguilla anguilla). She is also a Research Fellow at Exeter University, working towards developing a non-lethal method to sex adult eels for the management of the fishery.
Fisheries Scientist & Dorset & Somerset Fisheries Team Leader
Scott is a dedicated fisheries professional and team leader for the Wessex area. He has 20 years’ experience in fisheries with specific interests in eel and coarse fish conservation. His expertise lies in developing scientific studies as well as delivering practical fisheries work, helping to raise the profile of fisheries issues. He has a number of national roles with the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) and is the chair of the South West branch. In addition, Scott also runs his own coarse fishery in his spare time.
Sarah works in the finance and accounts department, focusing on the integral management of the trust’s core accounts and comprehensively ensuring all administration responsibilities are fulfilled to the highest standard
Shona worked as an ecologist for the trust before becoming the charity’s Education Officer. With a background in ecology and a qualified teacher, Shona uses her knowledge and passion to engage with schools and communities across the South West and enable them to connect with their environment. Shona’s educational activities show that that once people are given opportunities to get to know their environment, they are then more likely to look after it.
Communications & Marketing Officer
Josie has a background in journalism, photography and short film-making, along with several years communications and marketing management experience. She gained a distinction in her 2018 MA in Photography for her work highlighting the global sand crisis. Her photographic practice specialises in raising awareness of human impacts on the natural world.
Evidence & Engagement Officer
Freya’s background is in environmental consultancy and interpretation planning. She is the project officer for Plymouth River Keepers, a community project focused on co-creation of nature based solutions, and the coordinator for the Tamar Catchment Partnership, supporting the collaborative working of catchment stakeholders.
Evidence & Engagement Officer
Ian is an organic/analytical chemist. He joined the trust in 2019 after a long career in the water industry where he specialised in the monitoring of trace organic micro-pollutants and provided background chemical expertise in a number of different fields. Ian’s primary role at the trust is in helping to deliver the monitoring data needed to support a range of on-going projects, in addition to contributing to monitoring-related research and development work and providing chemical know-how to a wide cross section of colleagues.
Project Manager - Urban Landscapes
Andy has a background in the water industry and project management. He has spent many years in the UK and abroad working on capital water and wastewater infrastructure projects, in project and contracts management. He has worked for Thames Water in clean water production in the Thames Valley. His role at the trust is to project manage existing programmes such as Sponge 2020 and develop new projects in the Urban Landscapes programme, which aims to improve natural and social aspects of the urban environment.
Fisheries Technical Officer
Phil has a varied background working in rivers, including environmental contracting, flood defence, and fisheries management. With particular interest in improving habitat connectivity, Phil is keen to delve into the technical aspects of fisheries management in West Country rivers.
Junior Data & Evidence Officer
Frank specialises in spatial analysis and mapping using GIS, and in environmental data analysis and visualisation using the statistical programming software R.
Junior Evidence & Engagement Officer
Lydia monitors and collects data from the rivers and streams of the Westcountry. She is helping to develop the CSI project to engage communities in their waterways.
Land & Fisheries Officer
Assistant Administrator / Receptionist
Liz works on our front desk, taking care of daily reception duties. She also assists the finance team with administration, and processes purchase requests for everyone at the trust.
In addition, she is responsible for sending out purchased Westcountry Angling Passport tokens.
Land Management Advisor
Dr David Valder has more than 25-years’ experience in Land and Environmental Management, dealing face-to-face with landowners and stakeholders to improve the water environment across the South West. Incorporating this experience to reduce nutrient mobilisation, property flood risk, while improving raw water quality, habitat and biodiversity. David facilitates Natural Capital Gain and Payments for Ecosystem projects via contract procurement and project management, involving legal agreements, planning applications and land drainage consenting.