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Angling Trust and Fish Legal looking for new head

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Mark Lloyd is set to leave the Angling Trust and Fish Legal in the summer to become CEO of The Rivers Trust.

The Angling Trust, the representative body for recreational fishing in the UK, and Fish Legal, is looking for a new Chief Executive following the impending departure of Mark Lloyd.

He is set to leave the organisation in the summer after 10 years to take up the position of CEO of The Rivers Trust, an umbrella charity representing more than 60 member trusts that work to protect, promote and enhance river eco-systems.

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 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.”

Lloyd 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.

Martin Salter, Policy Chief for the Angling Trust, said:“When I was the Member of Parliament responsible for liaising with angling bodies from 1997 to 2010, there was a hopeless mess of disparate and often warring organisations which made fishing look pretty amateurish.

“Ministers made it clear that they wanted to see increased unification in sport and so I worked closely with Mark and others to support the creation of a new unified body that could represent all forms of angling with professionalism and real firepower.

“Mark has brought in significant new funding which has allowed the Angling Trust and Fish Legal to grow and offer new services and support for both angling and fisheries. He leaves behind a strong and effective organisation and it’s good that we will be continuing to work with him on improving the health of our rivers.”

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