our trustees

meet our trustees

Philip Lord (Chairman)

A resident of the Ribble Valley for over 40 years, Philip has detailed knowledge of the Hodder catchment and plays an active part in the local community (recently awarded Highly Commended in the Forest of Bowland AONB’s Anniversary awards for Outstanding Contribution).  Philip’s working life was the development and management of a highly successful building and maintenance company, which he sold and retired from in 2007.   He was also the President of the National Federation of Painting Contractors, and Chairman of Rochdale Round Table.  Over 40 years Philip developed a renowned woodland garden with a variety of woodland plants and species, within which he held successful open days raising funds for Charity (this open day has now been taken on by his family and includes “Art in the Garden”).  Philip was also vice-chair of The Rivers Trust, the national umbrella body for the movement of rivers trusts until 2014.  His business acumen provides vital skills and experience in all aspects of senior management of an organisation, as well as having experience in charity management and fund raising.

Alan Rowntree (Treasurer)

A resident of the Ribble Valley, Alan has intimate knowledge of the River Ribble from Clitheroe to Long Preston.  Alan’s professional career was as an accountant in practice and he retired as a senior partner from Beever and Struthers, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in 2012.  He now works as a part-time consultant for the firm.  Alan’s experience and knowledge of financial management and accounting extend beyond business and he has extensive knowledge of charity accounts.  In addition to being a trustee of RRT he is a trustee of two other charitable trusts.  He was the part-time Bursar of Blackburn Cathedral for 25 years and was honoured with an MBE in recognition.

Cllr. Jan Alcock JP

Jan recently joined our board of Trustees and has already been a much valued contributor to the Trust’s governance. As Borough Councillor for Hurst Green & Whitewell, Jan has her finger on the pulse of local issues with an extensive network of colleagues and businesses in the Lancashire area. A local resident, Jan is passionate about the area she represents and strives to improve the Ribble catchment, and wider area, for all the residents; both human and animal.

John Bleasdale

John lives in Barton. He has practised law as a solicitor for over 40 years. His experience includes being a Senior Crown Prosecutor, a partner in private practice and  Legal Director of TNT UK Limited. Maintaining the health of the river Ribble and its’ tributaries is in all our interests. He is privileged to be part of the Trust. He enjoys limited success whilst occasionally trying his hand fishing.

Dominic Bradley

Dom is currently a senior consultant at an international firm and specialises in flood defence project management.  A local resident of Longridge, he was previously a committee member of Longridge cricket club, including a role focusing on fund raising and engaging the local community.  Dom provides vital project management, construction and river management skills to the Trust.

Jeff Cowburn

Jeff is a local resident of the Ribble Valley and has lived, worked and enjoyed the area all of his life.  Jeff brings a range of skill sets from his professional life, starting out as an apprentice in an engineering firm, and worked through the ranks before he became the CEO of Training 2000 (a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity).  Training 2000 has trained thousands of apprentices and employees of major national and international companies.  Training 2000 employed and continues to employ 300 hundred employees.  Jeff has also been a magistrate, Director of Learning and Skills Council Lancashire, and a member of the Learning and Skills Council national funding advisory committee.  In addition, Jeff has been involved in a number of other charities, with a particular emphasis on young people and the arts.  Jeff’s extensive charity management skills and experience from operational structures to charity governance, combined with a passion for encouraging learning and natural environment (particularly local rivers), provides a key niche skill complementing the range of other skills within the Board of Trustees.

Mike Ellacott

Mike Ellacott is a keen canoeist and has explored many of the tidal rivers in the UK. He joined ICI as a Physicist and held various positions in Research, Production Management, Sales and Marketing. On retiring from ICI he founded Enterprise For All (E4A) which provided Business skills to more than 3000 students across the UK. This experience is now being used to help advance the Educational aspects of the Trust’s activities.

Harvey Marchbank

A founding trustee of Ribble Trust, Harvey was a volunteer project manager for the Trust until 2006.  Harvey’s background in project management and construction, as well as a detailed knowledge of both Lancashire and Yorkshire parts of the Ribble catchment provide a valuable asset to the Trust.

Jeremy Rawkins

Jeremy has lived in the Ribble Valley the whole of his life, and his roots are deeply entrenched here. After a brief period of tertiary education in Liverpool Jeremy practiced as a Solicitor for twenty years before being appointed as a Judge of the Northern Circuit in 1994, serving for a period of 22 years before retiring from the judiciary in 2016. In addition to being associated with and raising funds for a number of national and local charities, he is currently chair of the Hodder Consultative, which works closely with the Trust. He has fished with unremitting enthusiasm, though modest return, on our local waters and further afield, for over half a century and has been the Chairman of the Whitewell Fishing Association for a number of years.

Dave Wilmot

Dave became a Trustee of Ribble Trust in 2009.  Born and brought up in Clitheroe, he spent many years walking and fishing the rivers and streams of the central Ribble Catchment.  Dave is a precision engineer at an international engineering and manufacturing company.  He has been secretary a large local angling club, committee member & instructor of Clitheroe Canoe Club and acted as a mentor for the unemployed through Prince’s Trust.  His local geographic and community knowledge combined with his logical and engineering approach are a significant asset to Ribble Trust.

Lynn Yates

As one of our newer Trustees, Lynn provides a refreshing point of view and has the ability to look at the Trust’s governance with a fresh set of eyes. As well as a knowledge of the catchment and passion for wildlife Lynn is also one of the Trust’s longest serving and most dedicated volunteers, contributing countless hours to the monitoring of her local rivers and streams.