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21/10/2014 - New Appointments to Angling Trust Board of Directors and Fish Legal Committee

My congratulations to the new board members, I feel we have 3 excellent people joining the board than can only enhance the quality of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal. Hopefully many more anglers with join the  Angling Trust 

At the AGM of the Angling Trust earlier in October, and at the AGM of Fish Legal on the same day, the members of each organisation respectively voted almost unanimously to appoint two new Directors to the Angling Trust Board, one new Trustee to the Fish Legal Committee and to support changes to the rules of both organisations.  Nigel Haywood and Tim Macpherson have been appointed to the Angling Trust Board, while Tim Goode has joined the Fish Legal Committee (biographies below).

Jim Glasspool, Mike Heylin, David Moore and Terry Fell all retired as Angling Trust Board members at the AGM, but were appointed as Vice Presidents of the Angling Trust to reflect the unique role that they all played in bringing together the many founding organisations as part of the unification of angling that happened in 2009 to form the Angling Trust & Fish Legal.  Terry Fell has also stepped down as a Fish Legal Committee member.

George Stephenson, Chairman of the Angling Trust said: “The vision, enthusiasm and bloody-minded determination of the Angling Trust’s founding Directors to succeed created a very impressive platform from which we can hopefully expand and improve the world of fish and fishing in our country.  I’m delighted that they will become the inaugural Vice Presidents of the Angling Trust, and we will no doubt continue to seek their wisdom and advice.  On behalf of the members of the Angling Trust I would like to thank them unconditionally for all they have done to unify angling, as unpaid volunteers, over the past years.”

Dick Vincent, Chairman of Fish Legal said: “I am very pleased that Tim Goode has been elected by the members to the Fish Legal Committee.  I’m sure that his skills and experience will be very valuable to us, particularly with regard to management of investment funds.  He joins a Committee which comprises a number of very committed and knowledgeable volunteers who support the work of Fish Legal.  I would like to thank Terry Fell for his distinguished service on the Committee since 2009 and wish him all the best for his retirement!”

The short biographies of the new Directors and Committee Members are provided below.



NIGEL HAYWOOD (Angling Trust)

Retired after 30 years in the Diplomatic Service, most recently serving as Ambassador to Estonia; Consul-General in Basra; and Governor of the Falkland Islands. He has negotiated effectively at the highest political levels and has broad media experience.

Nigel has been a sea, coarse and game angler for more than 50 years, and a life member of the ACA/Angling Trust for nearly 30 years, serving on the ACA Council from 1989 to 1996. He has written for a variety of angling publications, both print and online, and contributed to Merlin Unwin’s “The One that Got Away”.

A keen saltwater fly fisherman, Nigel is also a member of various trout syndicates as well as BASS, the Wild Trout Trust, the Civil Service Angling Society and the Frome, Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association. Nigel is the Honorary President of the Golden Scale Club.

TIM MACPHERSON (Angling Trust)

Has 15 years’ experience as a senior executive in two major media companies, as a profit centre head, publisher, event director and company director. His experience covers PR, marketing, event organising, advertising, digital media, design, sales and advertising across digital and print media.

Tim runs digital publishing outlets for anglers, creating and delivering content for anglers in Sussex including newsletters, web content, video and other assets.

Tim has been an angler, in all disciplines, from age 11 although he spends most of his time sea angling in Sussex and Cornwall. He is a member of four Sussex Angling Clubs and spent a brief time working for the Trust after it launched.


TIM GOODE (Fish Legal)

Has over 30 years’ experience in the banking and investment industry and has worked for a number of major banks. Over the past 12 years, Tim has established an FSA authorised boutique investment bank specializing in finance, debt covering and advisory matters for clients in the UK, Europe, the US and Asia.

Tim holds a number of Non-Executive roles including that as Chair of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (UK),the UK arm of the global conservation coalition, through which he is involved in fundraising and negotiations with other parties including government.

Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Corporate Treasurers and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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