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ANGLING TRUST ANNOUNCE NEW CHAIRMAN
THE Angling Trust has appointed fishing pioneer George Stephenson as its new Chairman, with immediate effect.
With several decades experience of managing safari and fishing businesses around the world, George Stephenson brings great knowledge, business acumen and an excellent contact list to the role of Chairman of the rapidly-growing and dynamic representative organisation for all anglers in England. The post was widely advertised and attracted a number of high quality applicants.
George Stephenson spent 25 years in Africa running safari camps before setting up a highly successful business for Roxton Bailey Robinson arranging fishing expeditions throughout the world. He is also Chairman of the Save the Rhino Campaign and he now lives on his farm in Wiltshire which includes two miles of the River Nadder and a carp lake. He has been a passionate all round angler since the age of 4, catching coarse, sea and game fish throughout the UK and around the world.
Among a host of notable catches in the UK and around the world, George considers the highlights to be a 23lb pike from the River Wye, a 32lb salmon from Iceland, a 96lb Nile Perch and a 30lb English Carp. Whilst he has caught many exotic species including long-tailed tuna on the fly from Kenya, sea trout from Argentina, black marlin, sailfish and tigerfish from Africa he still enjoys targeting brown trout, chub, grayling and bass back home in England.
The new Chairman has identified a number of priorities for the organisation over the coming years, which include:
- Accelerating the steady growth in membership of the Trust among individuals, clubs, fisheries, riparian owners, the angling trade, and charter boats.
- Increasing fundraising from private donors and corporate sponsorship to support specific campaigns and the English national angling teams.
- Continuing to develop the relationships with Sport England and in particular the Environment Agency to deliver the National Angling Strategy.
- Working more closely with the various disparate angling organisations in Wales and Scotland to create more unified representation for anglers throughout the UK.
- Recruiting new volunteers to the Angling Trust board to provide strategic direction to an organisation that turns over nearly £2.5 million a year and employs nearly 40 staff.
- Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal said: “On behalf of all the staff and volunteers, I would like to thank Mike Heylin for the immense amount of time, energy and enthusiasm he has given to the Angling Trust. His dedication to angling and fisheries over forty years has culminated with a huge contribution to the formation and early development of our unified representative body. I am very grateful to George Stephenson for volunteering to take on this role and I am looking forward very much to working alongside him and the rest of the board to build on our success so far.”
- Isn’t it time you joined us? Membership is growing steadily, and as a result we’re able to do steadily more for the benefit of all anglers. Get on board today!
*** SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE STEPHENSON IN NEXT WEEK’S ANGLER’S MAIL – WITH FREE LINE! ***
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