Meet our great team of staff, delivering great projects on the rivers and countryside of Ribble catchment
Jack started at the Ribble Rivers Trust in 2008 as the Fisheries Scientist before being made Trust Director in 2010. Jack now oversees the work undertaken by the Trust and the team as well as providing a wealth of information on all aspects of the river environment.
Charlotte joined the Ribble Rivers Trust part time in 2015 in order to assist the management staff and fulfil the additional administrative duties required as part of the Ribble Life Together Project whilst working towards a degree as an adult learner. Charlotte now works full time completing a range of administrative duties.
Catherine joined the Trust in 2010 and now manages the office, assists with the Trust's finances and compiles our grant claims. In addition, Catherine helps to publicise our projects and their impacts by creating our newsletters, designing publications, issuing press releases and managing our social media accounts.
Mike joined Ribble Rivers Trust in 2012 to delivery monitoring under the Catchment Restoration Funded projects, and has since worked on a number of projects, predominately focused on monitoring and investigation aspects. Mike now leads on the Trusts’s catchment science strategy, and coordinating with other partners delivering catchment science projects.
Neil joined in 2013 to help run the Rivers in the Classroom project as part of the URES project in Burnley, and is now developing an initiative to run fishing lessons in schools as well as helping to develop further educational activities that can be linked into school curriculums.
Adam started as a volunteer in 2008 and in 2011 he completed his Master Dissertation with the Trust. Adam then joined the team as the Lancashire INNS project officer in 2011 before taking on capital works projects.
Ellie joined the team in 2015 as part of the Ribble Life Together project. She combines her love of wildlife and the environment with her knowledge of GIS (mapping software) to support many aspects of the Trust’s work. Catchment-scale analyses to aid the Trust’s strategic planning of projects, to target locations where they will have the greatest benefit; collating and mapping evidence to support funding bids; creating interactive maps for the Trust’s website to educate and inform the public; managing the Trust’s GIS datasets; and helping other members of the team with various mapping tasks are all in a week’s work for a GIS Officer. Ellie also manages or assists with other non-GIS-based data and evidence aspects of the Trust’s work.
Adam joined the Ribble Trust in 2017 as the catchment’s Fisheries Officer. Having volunteered previously with the Trust as a survey assistant, his main role currently is to deliver the annual electric fishing programme alongside planning and delivering river habitat improvements.
Helen joined the team in 2018. With a background in community engagement in the environmental sector, Helen organises our engagement activities including; events and family activities, guided walks, wildlife talks and workshops. Helen is also arranging the installation of interpretation panels at our completed projects and is involved with our river-related arts projects.
Kathryn joined the team in 2019. Kathryn works as a farm advisor for the trust on the Ribble Life Together project and runs the River Loud Facilitation Fund group. As well as being a local farmers daughter, she has a background in agri- environment and environmental monitoring.
Susie joined the team in 2019 to manage a range of river restoration projects including weir removals, fish-pass construction, re-naturalising river channels and peat restoration to improve water quality. Prior to joining the Trust, Susie spent the last five years working on water supply and sanitation projects in Mozambique.
Christi joined us on the 2nd March 2020, taking over the role of Education and Engagement Officer. Christi lives locally and brings with her a excellent knowledge of outdoor education, as well as a passion for the outdoors, sports, and crafts.
Having carried out a work placement and Masters dissertation with the trust in 2018, Kate joined the trust in 2019 to support the catchment’s scientific monitoring. Her main focus is on delivering water quality monitoring through macroinvertebrate surveys, electric fishing surveys and water, soil and environmental DNA sampling alongside developing future monitoring strategies to deliver river habitat improvements.
Kristina began working for the Trust in 2019, joining us to fill the new role of Woodland Creation Officer. Having worked on a range of habitat projects Kristina has an excellent knowledge of woodlands and ecology which is already proving to be a huge asset to the team.
Ribble Rivers Trust welcomed Sarah back to the team in 2020. Sarah will be working with farmers, giving advice and guidance, as part of our Ribble Life for Water project, specifically working with farmers in the Mearley sub-catchment. Having previously worked at the Trust full time, Sarah is now working on a part time basis.
Richard has worked for the Trust for a number of years. Working on a zero hours basis Richard helps out with a variety of projects and activities, particularly woodland creation and farm advice, as well as running his own business.
Rob joined the team as an apprentice under the Ribble Life Together project, gaining skills and knowledge through working at the Trust, and attending college. Having completed his apprenticeship Rob now works as our Volunteer Supervisor; planning activities, and delivering habitat improvements across the catchment.
Ryan joined us as an River Conservation Apprentice working on our Ribble Life Together project. Having completed his apprenticeship Ryan now works as our Habitats Officer, carrying out volunteer days, as well as site monitoring and maintenance.
Having completed her MRes at Imperial College London in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (having previously completed a BSc at Lancaster University), her first thesis compared Riverfly Monitoring Initiative data in North London to long term EA invertebrate trends. Leanne has joined as a GIS and Projects Trainee, supporting GIS evidence and project delivery
Heather is a farmer from the Hodder Valley, with a passion for the environment and combining sustainable farming and conservation. With a great knowledge of the local area, her work as a farm advisor she will be to engage, visit and support farmers to make positive changes for the catchment
Harvey joined Ribble Rivers Trust in November 2015 as Programme Manager for the Ribble Life Together and is currently our Head of Learning & Engagement. This means he leads our people focussed activities such as the Ribble Life Catchment Partnership, volunteering, environmental education, community projects, engagement activities, work experience placements, apprenticeships, training and events. For more information about the Ribble Life Together programme, visit https://ribblelifetogether.org/