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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.

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.

Mike Horner

Mike was brought up around Settle and worked for Whitbread’s Brewery as a chemist before retiring.  Mike has extensive local knowledge, especially the upper part of the river.  He is a chartered chemist and brings both his local knowledge and water chemistry skills to the Trust, providing excellent resources.  Mike has been a trustee of a number of local charities and is an officer and committee member of the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association, as well as having been an officer for a number of national conservation organisations.

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance- please read

Please note that, following Government guidelines and the fact UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the UK from moderate to high, Ribble Rivers Trust are taking precautions, and making changes to our day to day operations.

Some Ribble Rivers Trust staff are now working from home. If you wish to speak to a specific member of staff and you know their mobile phone number or email address please contact them in this way. Otherwise please contact us in the usual way.

Volunteer event cancellations

Dear volunteers,

It is with regret that we announce that we are postponing all volunteer activity with Ribble Rivers Trust. We know there are many benefits to volunteering, including the positive boost to mental and physical health, the chance to meet others and contribute positively to your local area. However, given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the most recent Government advice – asking everybody in the UK to stay at home and only go out for essentials such as food and medicine – we feel that continuing to include volunteers in the limited work we are able to do now would put people at unnecessary risk and be irresponsible. We all want to improve and protect our environment and rivers, but to do that we need to stay healthy and this must be our priority for the time being. We will continue to keep you up to date with the work we are able to do and will organise new volunteer days as soon as we possibly can. Please stay connected with us over the coming weeks and keep yourselves safe and well.

Refer to gov.uk/coronavirus for up to date information and guidance.

We will come through this and our environment and rivers will still need you, let’s make sure we’re all ready for it when the time comes.

Yours faithfully,

Jack Spees.