David has had a long career in fisheries and environmental management, and an equally long association with the IFM.David joined the IFM in 1985 whilst at University, completing his BSc. in Environmental Biology at Chelsea College, London. The following year he achieved a MSc. in Aquatic Resource Management at Kings College, London before embarking on a career in fisheries and environmental management.
David started at the Welsh Water Authority in Bangor as Fisheries Technical Assistant. He joined the National Rivers Authority when it was formed in 1989 and became Fisheries & Conservation Manager for South East Wales from 1992 to 1997, responsible for rivers such as the Usk and Taff. A notable success there was the closure of the illegal salmon netting in the Severn Estuary, saving about 10,000 salmon a year heading for the Usk, Wye and Severn.
David then joined the Environment Agency in 1996 where he held a number of positions managing teams in topics as wide ranging as IT Services, Incident Management and, more recently, Waste Policy. From 2005 to 2008 he was Area Environment Manager for Dorset where he was responsible for completing an innovative multi-species fish pass at Loud’s Mill on the River Frome at Dorchester.
David left the Environment Agency in September 2016 to become a self-employed environmental consultant. He is Operations Director for the Sustainable Eel Group, committed to the recovery of the European Eel, an organisation he helped to found in 2010.
During this time, David has also been an active member of the Institute of Fisheries Management. Early in his career he completed the Institute’s Certificate and Diploma courses and then became Training Secretary. In 1999 he became a member of the IFM Council and was appointed a Fellow of the Institute. In 2005 he achieved the award of Chartered Environmentalist; in 2008 he became Chairman of the Training Committee and in 2012 Vice Chairman of the Institute. He has played a key role in organising several Institute conferences.
David became Chairman of the Institute in January 2018.
David lives in Wedmore, Somerset with his wife, Ali, and sons Jordan (15) & Fraser (13) and is a keen cyclist.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations
After leaving the hallowed grounds of Sparsholt College I moved back to my beloved Yorkshire. My first job was working for the EA Dales region on the summer surveys; this was a great way to learn the different survey techniques and gave me a grounding in data handling, gear maintenance, pork pie eating and tea drinking. I worked with a great team (including Mike Lee and Ian Dolben) many of whom are still friends today. From there I moved back to Winchester to take a post with Hampshire County Council as a laboratory technician working on soil sampling and analysis. Once my girlfriend (now wife) had completed her time at Sparsholt we moved once again to Yorkshire.
My next job saw me back splashing about in water (albeit a bit dirtier) as an Environmental Scientist for a small consultancy. My role was to take and analyse samples of surface and groundwater from active and retired landfill sites. Although this may not sound the most glamorous of jobs I really enjoyed my time and learnt a great deal on the way (its amazing the amount of life these sites hold).
I finally spent 8 rewarding years as the head of the fisheries department at a land based college before moving to the IFM in 2012.
Family life takes up a lot of my spare time and fishing has been a bit limited over the past few years. I do still try and get out as much as possible and really enjoy my winter match fishing on the canals of East Yorkshire. I also catch the odd big grayling!
I also enjoy keeping fit and compete in obstacle course races as well as playing for a veterans football team and the odd bit of squash.
I am also the Chairman of the East Yorkshire Rivers Trust as well as a member of the British Record Fish Committee
Vice President & Director of Finance
Vice President & Director of Finance
After a long (too long possibly) career in the fisheries world, I have now partially retired and now work part time as a Fisheries Technical Adviser in the Environment Agency Head Office Fisheries Team. Occasionally I find time to go and thrash the water to a foam in (usually) vain attempts to catch trout or salmon; luckily there are a few fish naive enough to fall for the fly. I thoroughly enjoyed being Chair of the Institute – the post has its challenges but I was helped by an excellent group of people on Council and Executive. Having done my time, I was delighted to be able to take on the role of Membership Secretary as it was a great way to get to know our members. And now, time spent in spreadsheets and profit/loss accounts make every day sheer enjoyment….
Development Officer & Diploma Course Manager
Development Officer & Diploma Course Manager
A graduate of Sparsholt College and Aberystwyth University, Iain spent several years fish farming in the UK and abroad before spending time running and building Sea Life centres.
A spell river keeping on one of the most iconic chalk streams in the world was a highlight as was working as a commercial diver.
He spent 14 years working in Fisheries for the Environment Agency before leaving to become head of Fisheries at a college in the Southwest. The stressful life of a teacher also put paid to a lucrative sideline in testing and reviewing hair care products.
He has been working for the IFM since 2015.
Originally from Liverpool but now a native of Somerset, Iain can be found indulging his passion for photography, rugby, quizzes and movies as often as his three boys allow.
He also has an encyclopaedic knowledge of dad jokes that he’s happy to share at any time.
IFM Training Chairman
IFM Training Chairman
My interest in fish started with a bit of fishing. Having completed a biology degree at Plymouth Polytechnic I went from working in hotels to working on a local trout farm. After 4 years of hard graft on a variety of fish farms in the South West of England, Germany and Portugal I was lucky enough to cross paths with Professor Margaret Mannings. She pursuaded me to try for a Masters in Applied Fish Biology and changed my life with her quiet authority and by introducing me to the joy of knowing stuff… During this time I met several inspirational teachers inclduing Ben and Tony Mathews and Jack Harris. After a fantastic year at Plymouth University I was lucky enough to land a job at the National Fisheries Laboratory which really developed my love of parasites. Again I was lucky enough in the ten years at the Lab to work with a whole variety of fantastic colleagues. A dream to teach took me on to Brooksby College in leicestershire where I became a lecturer for some ten years and met a whole range of interesting students. I promise you that teachers have the hardest job in the world. I now run my own business, Blueroof Ltd., and continue with teaching and parasites and fish in equal measure. The IFM has run through my time in fisheries and I have held a variety of posts but I am currently the Chairman of IFM Training
Certificate Course Manager
Certificate Course Manager
My career in fisheries started in 2000 working as a summer student for the Environment Agency, assisting in the annual surveys of the Dales rivers, and have remained here ever since, undertaking a wide and varied array of tasks, as a Fisheries Scientist. I am currently the Fisheries Officer for East Yorkshire
Like a number of us at the Institute I started my fishy education at Sparsholt College with a BSc Honours in Aquaculture & Fisheries Science.
I now have a young family so my fishing time has become somewhat limited, however, I still try to get out at least once a week and enjoy making the most of what East Yorkshire has to offer. I may be tope fishing from the beach one week and then fishing for roach on the canal, or barbel on the river the next. Over the winter I partner Paul on the winter leagues where we mostly scratch around for a couple of pounds of bits and try to stave of frostbite!
After attempting to tackle killer shrimp as part of her Master’s thesis at Swansea University, Emma landed her first role with Environment Agency Wales as an Assistant Technical Fisheries Officer. Since then she has worked in various freshwater monitoring roles with the majority of that time spent solely on fish. Living in Wales there aren’t many coarse fish so over the last couple of years her efforts have been focused on protecting the remaining salmon and sea trout stocks and monitoring the slightly more elusive species under the Habitats Directive. For the time being she is the Specialist Advisor for Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology Monitoring.
Her first official role for the IFM was the Chartered Environmentalist Coordinator but since then she’s been collecting roles like Brownie Badges, taking up the role as Welsh Branch secretary not long afterwards. After agreeing to be a mentor for the Diploma course and becoming firmly embedded in the Training Committee she then excitedly took up the role of Freshwater Biology Tutor on the Freshwater Biology Certificate Course.
When she’s not filling her time with fish Emma can be found in her local CrossFit gym chasing PBs or surfing and mountain biking in the epic landscape of South Wales. Bendigedig!
I completed a BSc. in Marine and Freshwater Biology at the University of Hull, followed by a Masters and PhD. in Fisheries Science at Hull International Fisheries Institute. It was during my post graduate studies that I learned of the Institute of Fisheries Management, and became a member. In 2012 I started working at the Environment Agency. I was Fisheries Officer for six years before working in Analysis and Reporting, and an Advisor in Environmental Monitoring Service.
During this time I have also become the Chair of the IFM Midland Branch, Vice Chair of the Fish and Environment Specialist Section and now Editor of FISH Magazine.
Assistant FISH Editor
Assistant FISH Editor
My interest in fisheries happened accidentally, following a summer day horse ride where I spotted EA staff sampling in the sun and thought, ‘I’d like that job!’ – if only I’d have known the leaking waders and chest deep in -7˚c reality! I studied marine biology at Swansea University but my focus was on freshwater fisheries. Whilst there, I worked with PhD students on various salmonid behavioural studies and did my dissertation on the habitat refuge preferences of the common bullhead. After my undergraduate degree, I secured a Fisheries Society of the British Isles grant to head to Glasgow University to further look into refuge preferences of the bullhead, this time by using Lego in lab controlled experiments! I was really lucky to be able to join the Clyde River Foundation in their electrofishing fieldwork in beautiful Scottish rivers.
For my Masters degree, I researched the phenotypic and physiological differences between wild and stocked Atlantic salmon in the River Taff, Cardiff, using genetic analysis and scale aging. During this time, I also volunteered at the Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture where I mainly looked after killifish, a species that amazed me, not just due to the fact that they can change genders depending on the current gender ratio in their shoal, but also the huge amount of time they can survive out of water (up to 2 months!)
I have spent the majority of my career to date working in the Rivers Trust movement, first with Bristol Avon Rivers Trust for several years and now recently moving back to Wales to work with West Wales Rivers Trust. I am a firm believer in the need for river restoration in order to improve freshwater fisheries. The current need to confine rivers to within their banks, a fraction of the habitat fish used to have available to them, and to ‘tidy’ up valuable habitat is one I am passionate about changing mind-sets for.
I first became involved with the IFM when I completed the Fisheries Management Diploma. I spend much of my free time in the water but this is mainly white water kayaking and surfing! Otherwise I enjoy camping, horse riding and gardening.
Born in Kenya, two of my earliest memories are of visiting the fish market in Malindi and catching a kingfish off the East African coast which was bigger than myself. These experiences created a lifelong interest in fish and fishing and, after gaining a first degree in Biological Sciences at Westfield College London then an MSc in Applied Fish Biology at Plymouth, I began my career as a research scientist with the Salmon Research Trust of Ireland in Co Mayo. As well as carrying out studies into the biology and population dynamics of salmon and sea trout, as a keen fisherman, I was delighted also to run the Burrishoole recreational fishery.
After 9 years, I returned to England to join the NRA as Assistant to the Head of Fisheries, helping at the set up this new organisation. I next moved to the North West as an Area Fisheries, Recreation and Ecology Manager and during this period I was also responsible for the NRA’s Fisheries R&D programme and wrote the first National Salmon Strategy for England & Wales.
As both a member of the House of Lords and on the NRA’s Bill Team, I played a role in helping to shape the Environment Bill which created The Environment Agency, within which organisation, I subsequently became an Area Manager for both Thames North East and South East Areas. Between 2003 and 2006, I was the Agency’s Head of Wildlife, Recreation and Marine where I set up its first Marine Policy unit, produced its first Marine Strategy and State of the Marine Environment Report. My last seven years within the Agency were spent as Director Wales, responsible for the delivery of all of the Agency’s activities in Wales.
My first involvement with the IFM was when I helped to resurrect the Irish branch in the mid 1980s. I became a Chartered Environmentalist in 2006, was made a Fellow of the Institute in 2012 and was co-opted onto Council in 2013.
Now retired, I continue to take a keen interest in fish and the environment in general. I recently stepped down as a Director of the Angling Trust and am currently a Council Member of the RSPB as well as being a member of its Welsh Advisory Committee and am Chair of Afonydd Cymru, the umbrella body for Welsh Rivers Trusts.
I moved to Yorkshire as a student in 1970 and have spent the rest of my life there. I joined the Yorkshire River Authority in 1973 as a fisheries scientist and rose slowly through the ranks as a fisheries scientist through successive organisations until I retired from the Environment Agency in 2010.
I think I joined IFM in 1971, with the encouragement of Robin Templeton, and have held various posts over the years. The IFM certainly kept my enthusiasm for fisheries fuelled over the years, and I was pleased to be elected a Fellow in 1992. I must have given something to have justified that honour, although isn’t it nice when work and your personal interests coincide!
I took advantage of the opportunities that IFM provided for personal development in many ways – attending and giving papers at conferences, setting and marking exams, travelling to the American Fisheries Society conference, chairing Council and editing FISH. I am now using my knowledge and experience for the public benefit in promoting the advancement of the science and practice of sustainable fisheries and aquatic ecosystem protection, conservation and management. I hope that you will join me in this objective.
I have always had a passion for fisheries and the environment having been an enthusiastic angler growing up fishing the canals near Rugby, the Warwickshire Avon and rivers and dykes in Norfolk. My dream was to catch a mammoth pike. Combined with this enjoyment of the outdoors, is a spirit for adventure, and after leaving school I was a volunteer teacher, alongside my identical twin brother, in a village on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya, where I happened to catch a 50lb Nile perch on a Woolworths rod! After University, I spent over a year on the Mosquito Coast of Honduras with Tearfund working on a development project to support Miskito Indians, which included exploring tropical lagoons and mangrove swamp by dugout canoe.
Equipped with a BSc in Geography from Durham University and an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection from Bangor University, I was fortunate to be appointed as a Fisheries Officer with the National Rivers Authority in Hampshire in 1991. Who would have guessed that I would be still working in this field, now as the Environment Agency’s Senior Specialist for Salmonid Management for England.
Achievements that I am most proud of include winning a Millennium Marque for the Hermitage River Restoration Project, which remains one of the biggest urban river restoration projects in the south of England. Other highlights include chairing the England Chalk River Biodiversity Action Plan Steering Group, being lead author for the first ever report on the state of England’s chalk rivers and undertaking numerous chalkstream river restoration projects. More recently, I helped develop the Salmon Five Point Approach to conserve and enhance England’s salmon populations and I have enjoyed representing the Environment Agency at NASCO (North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation).
Throughout this time, I have been an active member of the Institute of Fisheries Management, including gaining the IFM’s Certificate in the early 1990s and more recently being the Editor of the FISH magazine. I became the Executive Director in January 2020.
I live in Winchester with Clare and three sons Harry, Charlie and Tom, and I am a keen allotmenteer, canoeist and marshman.
I lived abroad in Canada after leaving full time education and started in the environmental field in 1972 working for the Trent River Authority, then Severn Trent Water. I was involved in the management of put and take trout fisheries from a recreation aspect as well as river fisheries and management of a country park. After privatization I transferred to National Rivers Authority and thence to the Environment Agency, becoming a biodiversity officer. I retired in 2002
I joined IFM in 1979 serving as Membership Secretary from 1984 to 1998 and Treasurer from 1992 until 2010 and have been involved in Midlands Branch from 1984 onwards.
I was a Trustee for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for 18 years and Chair from 2009 to 2014. I am now an Executive Vice President. I served on the CRT Regional Advisory Board from 2012 until 2019. I am a Trustee with Trent Rivers Trust and also serve on the Thorne and Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum.
I am an elected Vice President of the IFM and an Honorary Fellow and in 2010
I was awarded an MBE for services to fisheries management and conservation
I am passionate about wildlife and the aquatic environment and for 18years have enjoyed the nation’s canal network on our narrowboat Bittern.
Paul is from Northern Ireland and went home in 1979 to embark on a career in fisheries after
graduating from Liverpool University with a BSc in 1975 where he remained as a research student for
three more years, with a PhD subsequently awarded in 1981.
Paul has had a varied career of 40+ years in fisheries biology and management which falls into three
Manager River Bush Salmon Project, a 30-year government research programme into the biology
and population dynamics of Atlantic salmon, 1979-1988;
Freshwater Production Manager with Northern Salmon Co Ltd, the only commercial salmon
farming operation in Northern Ireland, 1988-1995;
Freelance consultant trading as Paul Johnston Associates, Fisheries Consultants, 1996-2019.
Paul has a particular interest in river restoration, salmonid habitat enhancement, and protected
freshwater species, notably Atlantic salmon and Freshwater pearl mussel. His consultancy career has
been largely focussed on environmental impact assessment (EIA) associated with road construction,
land-based wind power, public water supply, flood alleviation and river engineering, He has also been
involved in catchment management initiatives, aquaculture, and angling development projects.
Paul has a long association with the IFM, having joined when he commenced work in 1979. He was
integrally involved with the Northern Ireland Branch and served as joint Secretary/Treasurer during
the period 1985-88, and as Conference Secretary for IFM Annual Study Course 1986 – the first such
meeting to be held on the island of Ireland. He has served as Ireland Branch representative on
Council and Executive Committee since 2011 and is currently Director of Membership.
Through the Institute Paul was awarded the qualification of Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) in
2006 and was elected as a Fellow in 2015.
Paul lives on the Co Antrim coast with his wife Jaci; they have a son and a daughter, and four
grandchildren. In his spare time, Paul maintains a keen interest in wildlife and the natural environment,
along with music, reading, dogs, family history, armchair politics and he likes to tell a good joke. He has
also been known to catch the occasional salmon on rod and line…………..
Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President
After studying zoology at Durham University I put off working for as long as possible by undertaking an MSc in marine biology at Bangor UCNW followed by a PhD in fish physiology at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London. My first job was with Severn-Trent Water Authority, based in Malvern, working on the Craig Goch Scheme. I then joined the newly formed fisheries department in Thames Water Authority in 1976, eventually becoming Senior Fisheries Officer for the Upper Thames area. In 1984, in a major career move, I jumped ship and moved into general management in Thames in the belief that I could do more for fisheries and the environment in influential management jobs than by staying in the function – and so it proved.
In time I became involved in the privatisation of the water industry and in 1989 I stayed with the utility business whilst my erstwhile colleagues sailed on into the NRA. Over this period I worked on long-term investment, business planning, corporate strategy, asset management and became responsible for both economic and environmental regulation. I was also fortunate to get involved in media work. After 1994, alongside the day job as Head of Environment, Quality and Sustainability, I was invited to join in commercial work abroad across several continents for Thames Water International which included a spell as Director of United Water in South Australia and culminated, a decade later, in two years as Environment Director for American Water, Thames’ biggest subsidiary, based in California.
During this time I represented the water industry’s trade organisation, Water UK, as Chair of the Wastewater Group and also chaired UKWIR’s research work on climate change and on wastewater. I managed stints as a council member for the FBA, as a trustee/director for Thames 21 and as a member of the CBI Environment Committee. I was also a member of the EA’s Thames Region RFERAC and REPAC committees. After taking early retirement from Thames in 2006 I kept busy with part-time consultancy work and was pleased to become a non-executive director for APEM Ltd. I was also able to indulge in regular bird watching and wildlife photography trips abroad.
I originally joined the IFM under Mike Bulleid’s tutelage back in 1976. I was Secretary of the London and South-East Branch for 5 years and then Chairman from 1987 to 2004.I was on the organising committee of at least 4 annual conferences run by the Branch. I am now Branch Vice-President and a fifth such conference is looming on the horizon. For the national Institute I headed up the Promotions and Publicity Committee for 5 years, was Vice-Chairman in 1991 and Chairman from 1993-1997. After my return from the States I was honoured to become President in 2008. I have also been on the editorial board of FISH for more years than I care to remember.
I decided to stand down as President last year on the occasion of the IFM’s 50th anniversary. Having lasted 11 years in this prestigious role I thought it was high time to make way for a (slightly) younger person. I still find myself fairly active however as a trustee of the Thames River Trust, a member of the England Fisheries Group, a member of Thames Water’s Water Resources Forum, Chairman of the Reading RSPB Local Group, and most importantly, Vice-President and Immediate Past President of the IFM!
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