Meet the Team


Martijn Antheunisse
CEO

Martijn has a MSc degree in Biology from Utrecht University where he studied fen wetland vegetation and estuarine fish populations. In 2007 Martijn successfully completed a PhD thesis on river floodplain restoration, focussing on the relationship between water and soil quality, nutrient cycling and vegetation. He continued to work as a post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht University for 2 years, before moving to work for a Regional Water Authority in Holland. Since moving to England five years ago Martijn has worked on the Hampshire Avon and other rivers in Wiltshire for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust where he set-up and managed a successful river restoration team.

Jon Bass
Scientific Officer

Jon is a freshwater ecologist by background whose professional life was spent with the UK Natural Environment Research Council. He worked initially for the Freshwater Biological Association, then the Institute of Freshwater Ecology and latterly the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. His key interest is in freshwater invertebrates and he is a national expert on Blackflies (Simuliidae), an important chalk stream species. He is also an expert on the nutrient dynamics of chalk streams. Jon served on the Biodiversity Steering Group for the White Clawed Crayfish and the Chalk Rivers Steering Group and operates our river temperature loggers, liaising with agencies, other organisations and individuals interested in river temperature. He currently represents WCSRT on the EA SW Liaison Panel, at meetings of the Stour Catchment Initiative, also its Steering Group and the Dorset-wide Monitoring Group.

Mike Blackmore
Head of Project Delivery

Mike has over 10 years’ full-time experience in river restoration design and delivery. Mike began his career volunteering for Avon Wildlife Trust where he helped discover and catalogue the native white-clawed crayfish population that would eventually form the basis of the South West Crayfish Project breeding programme. Mike spent several years as a Site Manager for river restoration consultancy, Cain Bio-Engineering Ltd, before becoming a regional Conservation Officer for the prestigious Wild Trout Trust. Mike has designed and delivered river restoration projects across Southern England and South Wales, working with various government agencies, NGOs, angling clubs and community groups.

Andy Blincow
Senior Project Officer Test & Itchen

Andy has a BSc in Environmental Science and a masters degree in Biodiversity and Conservation. He has over five years experience as an ecological consultant, primarily focusing upon water environment projects for public and private sector clients. Andy's interests range from fisheries management to the survey and mitigation of protected and invasive species. In addition, he also has experience in project management, engagement with stakeholders and the public, and provision of ecological training courses. He has also worked on a number of EU funded LIFE projects, including catchment-wide diffuse pollution investigations and Freshwater Pearl Mussel habitat appraisal.  Andy has particular interest in the study and management of native and non-native crayfish species, and is never happier than when out on a river. 

Lee Bush
Administrative Manager

Having graduated from London University in 1993 with a BA Hons, Lee worked in the fast-moving media industry, based in London. In 1997 Lee moved to Manhattan, New York with her husband Andy. They subsequently returned to the UK in 2002. Having taken a career break to focus on and raise their three girls, Lee now uses her communication and organisational skills to help WCSRT across all key areas of administration.

Alex Deacon
Catchment Partnership Manager

Alex is an environmental scientist with over 10 years experience in the sector. Alex started his career with the Environment Agency’s fisheries and environmental monitoring teams in the Thames region, before moving into ecological consultancy in the north west of England, undertaking impact assessments for a wide range of infrastructure and restoration projects. He enjoys working with stakeholders and the challenges associated with solving the often complex environmental issues faced by our rivers.
Alex is also a keen fisherman with a love for the outdoors.

Maddie Crabb
Trainee Project Officer

Maddie is a graduate from the University of Southampton with a master’s degree in environmental science. She joined WCSRT in September 2019 as a Trainee Project Officer and is keen to apply and develop her skills from university to river restoration and conservation. Maddie has a keen passion and enthusiasm for fish along with all things related to aquatic environment.

Monica Howard
Finance Officer

Monica is a qualified bookkeeper with over 8 years’ experience receiving the designatory letters AATQB which demonstrates her commitment to high standards and ethics in accounting.
Monica is not only keen to develop her bookkeeping skills while working at WCSRT, but is keen to learn more about the chalk stream rivers in the Wessex region too. Monica is also the part-time bookkeeper for Winchester Rugby Club.

Amy Ellis
Education Officer

Amy has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Environmental Science and has 13 years' experience in conservation and environmental education. She has taught a wide range of environmental topics to children in early years educatino all the way up to adult groups. In recent years Amy established and managed her own business in environmental educaion and outdoor play whilst qualifying as a Forest School Leader. Before this Amy managed two large community engagment projects for the Wildlife Trusts and worked on many others. Amy will be working on our schools delivery programme, community engagement projects and our social media presence!

Matt Irvine
Project Officer Avon & Stour

Matt graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Science, during which time he cut his teeth as a volunteer with the Trent Rivers Trust. He went on to work for the Northern District Salmon Fisheries Board on the River Naver in Sutherland, as a seasonal fisheries assistant. From there he worked as a specialist sub-contractor for the Northumberland Rivers Trust on a series of fish passage and natural flood management projects before moving south and settling down as a consultant with Cain Bio-Engineering Ltd where he has worked for the past 5 and a half years. Matt brings with him a passion for the natural world and 10 years’ experience of working on a range of river restoration projects.

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