Meet the Team

We are a small team of staff overseen by a team of voluntary Trustees from across the counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Swansea and Neath-Port Talbot. We are also comprised of our all-important volunteers who help us with project work and river health monitoring.

 

 

Our Staff

Chief Executive Officer – Harriet Alvis

Harriet has a passion for restoring rivers back to as close to natural conditions as possible, to ensure that they are resilient to land use and climatic pressures. River health cannot be achieved by looking at river channels alone, and Harriet is enthusiastic about joining up delivery with all sectors in West Wales in order to achieve integrated catchment management, ensuring not only healthy rivers, but the biodiverse and productive landscapes that they drain from. She has worked within the Rivers Trust movement for 9 years, first joining West Wales Rivers Trust in 2019. Harriet is also an active member of the Institute of Fisheries Management, including as co-editor for FISH magazine.

Senior Executive Officer –  Helen Jobson

 

Helen has been passionate about marine and freshwater environments for as long as she can remember and has first-hand experience of working on a variety of highly designated sites from Morecambe Bay and the River Kent & its tributaries in Cumbria to the Rivers Teifi, Tywi and Cleddau’s in West Wales. Helen has been working as part of the Rivers Trust movement in Wales since 2004 and has been fortunate enough to be able to work with many of the Welsh Trusts on multi-faceted projects and helped to establish Afonydd Cymru as the umbrella organisation that it is today.

Helen sees the Rivers Trusts as a network for positive action on the ground and believes that the work being undertaken to broaden community access to the river environment (via educational and interpretive initiatives) combined with the delivery of habitat improvement projects and the promotion of best practice for fisheries & agriculture will bring significant improvements to the riverine environments of West Wales and beyond.

Project Manager – Alex Lumsdon

Alex joined West Wales Rivers Trust in September 2021. He has been fascinated by rivers from a young age. This developed through a passion for angling, which led him to pursue a degree in Physical Geography at the University of Hull. He then worked for the Environment Agency for over 10 years in two stints, in area fisheries teams, and within the national ecology team developing plans and projects to help fish and wildlife adapt to climate change. During a break in his career at the Environment Agency, he carried out a PhD in Germany and Italy on the ecological impacts of hydropower. Alex is delighted to have joined the Rivers Trust movement and is excited to focus on delivering practical improvements to the rivers of West Wales.

Project Officer – Nathaniel James

Nathaniel has had a passion for rivers since he was very young, having spent most of his childhood exploring and fishing rivers of South Wales. This interest led him to become concerned with the growing issues occurring in our rivers and he is a proactive member of the conservation sub-committee of his angling club. Nathaniel will focus on continuing our work to engage local communities, businesses and other stakeholders within West Wales, in order to improve our rivers for people and wildlife.

Our Trustees

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.

Edward Evans

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 Stretton

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 Burns

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”.

Kay Dearing

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.