Dr S Cripps
I am an oceanographer by profession and currently the Executive Director of Marine Conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). I have worked at all levels in marine conservation and fisheries management including field surveys, academic research, consultancy and programme management. I recently stepped down as a Poole Harbour Commissioner, but remain on the Board of the Dorset Local Nature Partnership (LNP). I have been a commercial inshore fisherman for a short time.
Mr N Fisher
I have created and presented TV shows and radio shows on Channel 4 and BBC as well as writing two award winning books about fishing, fish, fish cookery and conservation. I also now own an under 10 metre trawler that fishes out of Brixham for the Rockfish chain of restaurants. I have been involved in charter angling and have fished out of West Bay recreationally for 20 years. Lyme Bay is very precious and important to me.
Dr A Jensen
Marine ecologist working within Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Research interests include coastal fisheries, benthic ecology and artificial reefs. Working with Southern IFCA has allowed me to place data into policy discussions, in turn research has developed from questions posed at Southern IFCA meetings.
Mr T Legg
I have been employed in the fishing industry for over 40 years. For all of this time I have owned and operated my own boats. My career has spanned commercial fishing and as a charter skipper in the UK and worldwide. This included being held hostage by Columbian terrorists during a particularly eventful trip to Panama.
Ms L MacCallum
Working on marine conservation projects both in the UK and overseas has allowed me to develop an understanding of the intricate beauty of marine life, as well as the economic benefits that healthy seas and a vibrant fishing industry can bring to local people.
I currently work as the Environment Officer for the Langstone Harbour Board. I hope to bring knowledge of the local ports and harbours sector to the discussions at the Southern IFCA, along with my knowledge of the many environmental designations in place to protect the district’s internationally important marine life.
Mr L Stantiford
I have been involved in charter angling for 17 years and an angler for 25 years. I have worked hard to represent the charter industry on local and national levels for the last 5 years. I am very keen to heal divides between recreational angling and commercial fishing and to feed into directly a sustainable framework of policy that will see both sectors flourish for years to come.
Mr R Stride
I am an inshore static gear fisherman operating an 8m boat from Mudeford. I returned to commercial fishing 17 years ago after a career in Fisheries Development in a variety of roles, in projects in Latin America and Africa.
Mr G Wordsworth
I was an inshore fisherman for 10 years until I moved into shellfish aquaculture in the mid 1980's. I run an oyster farm in Poole Harbour and another in Kent. I am Secretary of Poole and District Fishermen's Association and in my spare time I am a keen angler. I believe that my experience in commercial fishing, aquaculture and angling will enable me to make a useful contribution to the Southern IFCA Committee.
Ms R Irish
Rachel’s background is in marine & environmental science and she has worked at the MMO for a number of years as a Marine Enforcement Officer. Her current role as Principal Marine Officer involves overseeing the coastal operational business for the MMO’s South Team (Dorset and South/North coast of Devon). This includes two offices at Poole and Brixham where she is responsible for H&S and HR/wellbeing team management as well as business objectives (compliance & enforcement of fisheries, marine works and grant funding, also fishing vessel licensing and liaison with the fishing industry, other marine agencies and enforcement bodies).
Dr R Morgan
I am a Marine Lead Adviser within Natural England’s Wessex Team, with responsibilities including leading on the team’s fisheries work; marine licensing casework; and managing marine monitoring and research projects. Prior to joining Natural England in 2013, I completed a PhD at the University of Portsmouth which investigated the economic challenges and response strategies of inshore fishermen in the English Channel. I am interested in contributing to the development of fisheries that deliver both economic and environmental sustainability.
Mr P Rudd
I am a fisheries technical specialist who has been working for the Environment Agency for over 10 years. I have spent time carrying out fish survey work, both freshwater and marine, and now lead on fisheries work for the Wessex area.
Mr M Roberts
I have always had a very keen interest and connection with the sea and the coast.
My ward for Dorset Council is Chesil Bank - all the coastal villages along the Chesil beach. Prior to the formation of the unitary council, I was an elected member of Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council and represent them on many marine and coastal bodies including the Southern IFCA, the LGA Coastal Special Interest Group where I am member champion for the fishing industry and marine conservation, the Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal committee, the Jurassic Coast Trust, Dorset and East Devon FLAG and I chair Dorset Council Harbours Committee.
In my spare time I run a company providing care for the elderly in the Bridport area and commentate at equine and agricultural events and shows - and try to walk daily on Cogden beach with my Labrador and get out to sea in my day fishing boat, moored at West Bay harbour.