Meet the Team

Martijn Antheunisse- Director 

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


Andy Blincow- 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.

Ed Ely- Project Officer Avon

Ed has a BSC in Environmental Science and a great deal of practical delivery experience gained from working for the Wild Trout Trust as both an Assistant Conservation Officer and a Project Officer. His previous background as a Tree surgeon is especially useful when it comes to project delivery and fisheries management. Ed's passion for conservation and river restoration stems from being a lifelong angler where he grew up fishing both the Avon and Test catchments.

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.

Vee Moore- Education Officer

Vee is a freshwater conservationist with a passion for citizen science, school and community education. She has experience as a project officer with the Arun and Rother Rivers Trust where she led educational activity, projects and training on water related work. She was formerly water policy officer with RSPB and has a masters degree in Environmental Management (Water Resources). Additionally qualified in photography and journalism, Vee brings a portfolio of skills and competencies to the role of Education Officer.

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