National 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

We benefit greatly from the support of an expert Angling and Fisheries 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.


John Castle

For many years, John has served on various angling club committees, currently Kings Langley Angling Society. He remains an active angling coach, working with young people in Hertfordshire and North London

Peter Fieldhouse

Retired chairman of Fenton & District Angling Society and level 2 qualified and licensed level 2 coach. Director of the Professional Anglers Association and chair of Stoke on Trent City Waters Forum.  Technical Specialist currently employed by the Environment Agency Anglian Region and match angler with the Browning Hotrods team.

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. 

John Johnson

For many years, a committee member of Notts AA, John is a canal-based match angler, focusing on the Midlands canals. In 2017, John ran a qualifying heat of the Canal Pairs Championships on the Trent & Mersey Canal.

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.

Dick Pilkinton

Chairman of The Tring Anglers and a South East Partnership Board member, Dick remains an active angling coach and is involved through his club and the London & South East Regional Advisory Board in the Trust’s Let’s Fish Campaign. He is also a keen boater.

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 Sutton

Recently retired as a fisheries scientist having spent over 30 years in the fisheries sector with the Environment Agency and its predecessors. John is also involved in wildlife photography and film making.

John Ellis

National fisheries and angling manager

Last date edited: 23 May 2018