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.


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.

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.

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.

Andy Wedgbury

A lifelong angler, Andy is also fascinated with people and the way that communities work and choose to express themselves. He is currently a PhD student with the University of Worcester doing pioneering work into the socio-historical aspects of the angling community.  Andy believes strongly that we should start to put the Angler back into Angling if we are to make progress in securing a future for Angling.

John Ellis

National fisheries and angling manager

Last date edited: 12 September 2019