We are a small team of staff overseen by a team of voluntary Trustees from across the three counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. We are also comprised of our all-important volunteers who help us with project work and river health monitoring.
Senior Executive Officer – Helen Jobson
Trust Development Officer – Kathy James
Kathy joined our team in March 2018. She is primarily concerned with publicity, project development and fundraising. Kathy is an all-round naturalist, with a passion for conservation communication. Outside of West Wales, Kathy leads guided wildlife tours on Anglesey and organises the annual Anglesey Marine Week. Kathy works part-time for the Trust and with the rest of the week you’ll find her working to produce BBC Wales wildlife documentaries. Get in touch with Kathy on Kathy@westwalesriverstrust.org.
Catchment Advisors- Jodie McGregor & Gareth Waters
Working directly with farmers across a number of catchments in West Wales, our catchment advisors take a hands on approach to improving water quality by offering advice and financial support to farmers. Jim and Gareth are currently managed by the Wye and Usk Foundation, but they are working on important projects in our region.
Volunteer Coordinator – Jill Nichols
Jill joined our team in June 2019 and is our first point of contact for volunteers. She will be concerned with volunteer admin, volunteer opportunities and volunteer news.
Growing up on a dairy farm in Ceredigion, managed very much with an eye to nature conservation, Jill was prompted to study Countryside Management at Aberystwyth back in the days of the Welsh Agricultural College. An 18 month spell working for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park followed.
After having a family and owning a café and catering business for nearly 12 years, getting back into the work place saw Jill running a Growing Greener Communities project from 2012-2016. Having spent the past two years working as the Community Access Officer within Ceredigion County Councils Public Rights of Way team running the Adopt a Path scheme, and with both children away at University, Jill sees “volunteering for WWRT as a way of giving something back within a field of great personal interest”.
Still very involved in farming and firmly believing that most farmers are not ‘the bad guy’, Jill is looking forward to reinvigorating volunteering with the West Wales Rivers Trust and hoping that she can grow the volunteer input into various projects in the coming months.
Trustees in Carmarthenshire
Chairman – Clive Roberts
Clive has spent all of his career in financial markets. Between 1982-90 he was a dealer on the Stock exchange floor before moving into a trading room after the big bang. Most of Clive’s career was spent at ABN/RBS where he eventually achieved board status on the Equity division . Clive now spends his time helping companies raise money, bringing up 4 children and some charitable involvement . He has fished in Wales since he was a boy and knows many of the rivers well. Clive’s involvement in WWRT is borne out of a desire for these wonderful waterways to be restored to previous glories and available for the next generation.
After studying chemistry at university, Edward changed to law and qualified as a solicitor. He spent 35 years in full time practice before retiring in 2013. Edward has been a keen fisherman for many years and has fished many of the rivers of West Wales. For nearly twenty years he has been one of the co-owners of the Abercothi Estate fishery on the Rivers Towy and Cothi in Carmarthenshire.
Trustees in Ceredigion
Dr Ian Thomas
Dr. Ian Thomas, retired Llandysul G.P. and life-long Teifi fisherman, is also currently president of Llandysul Angling Association. Ian’s activities within the Trust at present revolve around invert monitoring, liming of the river Berwyn in the upper catchment and helping project officers settle into their roles in the Teifi valley. He also attends relevant meetings and assisst with Trust functions such as fund raising, grant applications, displays at shows, learn to fish courses and recruitment.
William (John) Morris
John worked for many years in the Post Office and also British Telecom in Cardiff. His background in BT was in Personnel Management, specialising in office services, typing pools, reprographics, industrial relations, and postal services. After leaving full time employment he has done voluntary work latterly as secretary of the Teifi Rivers Trust, from its inception, until it amalgamated with the Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust, forming the West Wales Rivers Trust, where he now serves as a trustee. He is also a director and treasurer of the Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations and serves as treasurer to the Royal Air Force Association Caduceus (Medical Services) Branch.
Chris has worked in the environmental and water sector for his whole career with experience in river management, sewage and drinking water treatment in the UK and overseas. Based in Newcastle Emlyn, he is the Trust’s representative on Project Slyri, an innovative project to address the problems associated with disposal of agricultural slurries.
Trustees in Pembrokeshire
Roger is a retired GP and Family Doctor educator. He has an MBA and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for “economy and efficiency in Government” in 1996. Now he is retired he has time to do Invertebrate Monitoring, and River Catchment Surveys as a volunteer for the West Wales Rivers Trust. Roger was a founder Trustee of the Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust, 20 years ago, and has been a keen naturalist all of his life, and in retirement is a beekeeper. He used to fish the rivers regularly, but has reluctantly stopped this activity. Roger is interested to redress the total balance of our society in its impact on the natural world. There has been little progress since the “State of Nature” report, and I believe new legislation is imperative if we are not to lose more species. The Trust hopes to be more active in education as it advances, and Roger is keen to be involved. Roger adds “the loss of our invertebrates in both rivers, sea, soil and air is a great problem. Watching a butterfly is still a great thrill and I hope my grandchildren will see and appreciate them as I have”.
As a chartered accountant, Kay’s role within the Trust is mainly financial. Before entering the accountancy profession Kay gained a PhD in Geology and has been involved in green politics for many years, most recently as a County Council candidate for Plaid Cymru. Kay lives on a smallholding near Wolfscastle with the Western Cleddau as one of the boundaries. In her spare time, Kay is a governor of Haverfordwest High VC School and plays in Milford Haven Town Band.