We have a dedicated board of Trustees who shape and oversee the work of the Wessex Chalk Stream & Rivers Trust.

Zam Baring

Zam has spent the last 25 years in television, initially as a film-editor, subsequently as Managing Director and Chairman and latterly as non-Executive Director of KEO films, an independent factual production company whose varied output has won many awards and includes numberless episodes of the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall River Cottage series, including the ground-breaking campaigning series’ Chicken Out and Hugh’s Fish Fight. He enjoys keeping pigs and making ham from them and, having spent much of his life in and around the headwaters of the River Itchen, is passionate about conserving the country’s freshwater environment.

Rae Borras

Hailing from the East End of London where he had a successful career as an amateur boxer, Rae entered the spirit of the 60’s by working as a lead singer in successful soul bands both here and in the United States after finishing his Grammar School education. Deciding to get “a proper job” he chose Construction and qualified in Quantity Surveying and Construction management before founding Borras Construction in 1980. Several acquisitions later Borras Group is now one of the most successful privately owned companies in this sector. A passionate angler, having fished the canals of London since he was seven, Rae became captivated by the Hampshire Avon after catching his first salmon at 27lbs from the river. He was later to achieve a lifetime’s ambition by owning an important fishery on the same river and is now committed to the cause of promoting the welfare of the southern chalk streams and their associated ecosystems. Today, Rae is actively involved with TV productions associated with angling, most notably appearing with Geoffrey Palmer in The Compleat Angler series and most recently in The Game Fishers Diary series on Fishing TV.

Fiona Bowles

Having enjoyed diving whilst studying Animal and Plant Ecology at Loughborough University, Fiona then spent 34 years working for Wessex Water, managing Environmental Services and project managing their freshwater research. Her career included many years representing Wessex Water on water industry steering groups for research and national standards as well as working locally with partners on the Hampshire Avon and developing a pilot project for the new Catchment Based Approach. Now enjoying more time to photograph fish (rather than catch them), Fiona continues her interest in river conservation as chair of the Stour and Poole Harbour Catchment Partnerships, the River Restoration Centre and also on the Council of the Freshwater Biological Association.

Clay Brendish CBE

Clay’s professional background is in the software industry, having founded Admiral plc (now part of Logica) in 1979. He is currently non-executive chairman of Anite plc and SThree plc. He is a trustee of Economist Newspapers Ltd, and a non-executive director of Herald Investment Trust plc. He was a former non-executive director of BT, and chairman of the Met Office. He is a riparian owner on the lower Test and is chairman of the Test and Itchen Association.

Paddy Douglas-Pennant

Paddy is a retired Chartered Accountant who, after qualifying with Price Waterhouse in London, spent thirty years of his working life in private practice in Salisbury where he advised landowners throughout Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset on financial and taxation planning. He remains a trustee of a number of landowning family trusts and charities. He is one of the founding members of WCSRT. He has been an ardent fisherman from the age of four when he caught a rudd in a farm pond.

Jim Glasspool

Jim retired from Shell Group in 1993 where he held various business management positions in chemicals. He has played an active part in fishery management and nature conservation issues in Hampshire both as Secretary of the Test and Itchen Association (1993-2009) and as a former Chairman of the Hampshire Area Environment Group, the Hampshire Fishery Committee and Southern RFERAC (2002 to 2008). Nationally he chaired the Fisheries & Angling Conservation Trust Ltd (FACT), into which various national angling organisations merged to form the Angling Trust in 2008, and is a current Board member of that organisation. He was also a member of the Moran Committee and sat on the South East River Basin Liaison Panel. Jim is a director of the Test & Itchen Association and lives near Winchester in Hampshire.

Jane Hall

For the past 30 years Jane has been a Furniture Conservator. Her areas of particular expertise are the restoration of Oriental Lacquer, gilding painted furniture and decorative finishes for some of the foremost antique dealers in the country. She has worked on many large projects including the restoration of Mansion House in the City of London and Windsor Castle following the fire in 1992. She is a Member of ICON and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2013 she took over the running of her family estate near the New Forest. She has been a keen fisherman since she was a child.

Dr Gary Mantle MBE

For the past 27 years, Gary has been Chief Executive of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. He has a degree in ecology from Lancaster University and a doctorate from the Open University where he studied fish farming. He was previously Head of Urban Ecology at Greenwich University and National Officer for a government initiative called UK2000. Chaired by Richard Branson, UK2000 brought together the private and voluntary sector with the public sector in order to tackle environmental problems. In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for services to nature conservation. Gary is also founder and President of The Sensory Trust, a national charity promoting equal environmental opportunities for people with disabilities and a Trustee of the Wild Trout Trust.

Hallam Mills

After 30 years in the energy industry Hallam now farms in the lower Avon Valley, at Bisterne and Winkton. His farm is predominantly specialist arable crops and dairy run on the New Zealand system with crossbred cows and extensive pasture-based grazing. His interest in rivers was sparked off by very early fishing expeditions up rushing Swiss torrents with his father. Since then, despite his total lack of fishing technique, he has been absurdly lucky with the rod, which he puts down to fish being fascinated by unusually badly presented flies. His respect for rivers and water generally stems from an acknowledgement that we know so little for certain about the rich habitat which they support, and he is very keen to do what he can to nurture this diversity. He is also a founder member of the Avon and Stour Riparian owners’ Association (ASRA).

Dr Rose O'Neill

Rose is Natural England's Principal Specialist for People and the Environment. Rose leads the social science function in Natural England and specialises in behaviour change. Prior to joining Natural England, Rose held roles in local government and at WWF where she led the UK water programme, working with government, water companies and catchment partnerships. Rose has a PhD in environmental science and a passion for rivers. Rose is also a non-executive director of Waterwise, the water efficiency NGO.

Rod Parker

Rod is an agricultural economist who started his own consulting and market research business in biotechnology after 11 years with the Battelle Memorial Institute. He is involved with the fertiliser and pesticide industries and has developed methodologies to understand the dynamics of weeds, insects and diseases in crops. He is a naturalist and fisherman and has had a rod at Wherwell on the River Test for many years.

George Seligman
Chair of Trustees

George became a trustee and the chairman of WCSRT in May 2012. He practiced for 38 years as a corporate lawyer, retiring in late 2012 from the City law firm Slaughter and May. He now farms in the Test valley. He has a strong interest in education, and the environment, chairing the governors of Winchester House School in Brackley, Northamptonshire, and being a trustee of Countryside Learning, a charity which educates inner city children about the countryside, the Wild Trout Trust, Hampshire Gardens Trust and the Wheelyboat Trust, a charity which privides boats for wheelchair users. 

Dr Dave Watson CBE

Dave spent 33 years with IBM research and development, in technical, management and executive roles. His focus was on the application of emerging technologies to client problems in industries ranging from defence, automotive, and engineering to banking, agriculture, and retail. He sat on the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for eight years and chaired a major research initiative in UK Universities on the Digital Economy. He was awarded a CBE in 2017 for services to Engineering and Science research. Dave’s background is in physical geography, his PhD examined the effects of large aquatic plants on water flow in chalk streams. His fieldwork centred on the River Ebble in Wiltshire. Throughout his life he has maintained a keen interest in the geomorphology and hydrology of watercourses. He is passionate about the need to encourage good practice in catchment management.

Mike Winter

Mike retired as a Commander Royal Navy Submarine Weapons Engineer Officer after 34 years service. He started fishing in Scotland in 1983 and on moving south joined Portsmouth Services Fly Fishing Association (PSFFA) later becoming its Secretary & Treasurer - a post he held for 10 Years. During this period Mike became heavily involved with various authorities - especially EA committees working on Catchment Management Plans to meet the Water Framework Directive. For 21 years he has been the Company Secretary for the Services Manor Fishery Ltd which owns the riparian rights of 900yds of the river Itchen. He is a Director of the Test & Itchen Association.


Download the WCSRT Financial Statements:

  • Financial Statement, 30th June 2017  Here
  • Financial Statement, 30th June 2016 Here
  • Financial Statement, 30th June 2015 Here
  • Financial Statement, 30th June 2014 Here
  • Financial Statement, 30th June 2013 Here
  • Financial Statement, 30th June 2012 Here
  • Financial Statement, 30th June 2011 Here

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