Mark Lloyd to take up new role as CEO of The Rivers Trust

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The Angling Trust and Fish Legal are to recruit a new Chief Executive following the appointment of Mark Lloyd as the new CEO of The Rivers Trust. Mark has announced that he will be leaving the Angling Trust and Fish Legal this summer to take up his new role leading the umbrella charity for more than 60 member river trusts, working to protect, promote and enhance freshwater ecosystems.

Mark has headed up the Angling Trust and Fish Legal for 10 years and oversaw the historic unification of angling organisations in 2009. He had previously served for 5 years as the Executive Director of the Anglers’ Conservation Association, the forerunner of Fish Legal.

Mark Lloyd said: “It’s very difficult to leave an organisation which I helped create 10 years ago and have seen grow and develop into a powerful and influential voice for all forms of angling. Of course it will be very hard to say goodbye to the staff, volunteers and members who have all helped make the vision of a united, professional representative body for all anglers become a reality. However, I am very excited about my new role at The Rivers Trust and the opportunity to focus on finding solutions to the environmental degradation of our precious rivers, which is where my career started. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the Angling Trust and Fish Legal over the past decade and I am confident that both organisations are well-placed to continue growing to meet the challenges for both fish and fishing long into the future.

We have built a solid financial foundation with several, important long-term funding agreements in place worth more than £1.5 million annually. We have a really strong senior management group, leading teams of highly-committed staff and volunteers, working towards a clearly-defined strategy, so I feel confident for the future of these fantastic organisations.”

Mark will continue to work closely with the Angling Trust and Fish Legal to influence public policy in his new role through a collaborative initiative with WWF-UK and The Rivers Trust to restore healthy river catchments which is being supported by a number of charitable funding organisations.

Mick Clifford