Fisheries & Angling Advisory Group

We want to secure and conserve our fisheries and make sure they are suitable and well used by the many people who want to fish them.

National Angling Championships Shropshire Union 2014

The Trust is looking for a new member to join the Fisheries & Angling Advisory Group from March 2021. Please see our volunteers site for the advertisement. To assist your application, please refer to the following forms:

We benefit greatly from the support of this expert Fisheries & Angling Advisory Group (formerly the National Angling Advisory Group), which comprises a small number of skilled and experienced practitioners.

The group helps us chart a course through angling and fisheries management issues, especially those that may be innovative or controversial, to ensure fisheries and angling is appropriate, well managed, and reflects our charitable objectives.


The group’s Chair is Professor Emeritus Ian Trayer. An angler for more than sixty years, Ian is a retired professor of biochemistry. Now volunteer Fisheries Officer for Barnt Green Waters Ltd, who manage the Bittell Reservoir SSSI complex, Ian has a specific interest in water quality, genetics and aquatic ecosystem management.


Mike Heylin

Mike is an entrepreneur and business manager with a marketing, PR, advertising and sales background in consumer and b2b markets. He has wide European experience and is a starter by nature. He has proven ability as secretary and administrator to numerous fisheries, angling and voluntary community and social groups and has run club stillwater fisheries for 25 year plus.  Mike is a life long political and environmental activist. He grew up fishing the GUC at Boxmoor.

Alan Hughes

Alan has spent his working life operating the high voltage electricity network for Scottish & Southern Energy. He was offered the voluntary position of General Secretary and Trustee for Reading & District Angling Association and has spent the last eighteen years enjoying the role. Alan sits on several committees and is Chairman of the Upper Thames Fishing Consultative. Many happy years have been spent either pleasure or match fishing especially on the River Kennet and the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Dennis Hunt

Dennis was first taken to a Canal to see the locks by his Dad in the early 1960s at Rickmansworth. He has been fascinated by the Canals and the history of the system ever since. This interest links to Dennis's other great passion, Angling.  His first real fishing trip was with a friend from school and his friend's Dad, to Greenford on the Grand Union, and he was hooked. Since then he's fished the Canal for over 50 years, and during that time has served significant time as a committee member, Treasurer and Chairman of Luton Angling Club.

Kye Jerrom

Kye has been an angler for 27 years and worked for the Environment Agency for 15 of those. He has match fished all over Europe representing his team, Browning Hotrods.  In his fisheries role, Kye finds it useful being an angler as it adds the angler’s perspective: understanding the industry, what anglers want, the venues and the people.  Kye's job is to protect fish and fisheries, and he also advises on technical fisheries elements influencing people to think about fish and fishing. 

David Kent

Board member of The Angling Trust. Chairman of The Angling Trust Freshwater Group. David has volunteered in numerous capacities in fisheries and angling for over 40 years. David plays a lead role in the organisation of joint Canal & River Trust and Angling Trust competitions. David is also a Canal & River Trust Council member.

Dave Ottewell

Biography available shortly

Mark Parry

Mark has been Secretary of Port Sunlight Angling Club for the last 15 years, having joined as junior in 1982.  A recently retired police officer, he worked as a dedicated school officer for many years and has a Dip Ed in Safer Schools and Youth Engagement, using fishing as a means of engaging with hard to reach young people.  He is a Level 2 angling coach and introduced his club to canal affiliation and the Let’s Fish campaign.  Mark is married and now lives in Cheshire, a few hundred yards from the canal where his parents moored their boat when he was a child.

Andy Strickland

A retired chartered accountant, Andy is now the general secretary of Prince Albert Angling Society, the largest angling club in the UK with around 10,000 members. He manages a portfolio of over 200 fisheries including over 40 that are owned outright and more than 20 SSSI’s, including sections of the Montgomery Canal SSSI.


John Ellis

National fisheries and angling manager

Last date edited: 11 November 2020