Members of Staff

Charles Forman

Charles Forman

Director

Charles joined the Trust on 1st June 2017. He was already a familiar face, having previously worked at the Environment Agency on several partnership projects with the Trust. Most recently he acted as the Environment Agency’s catchment coordinator for the Rivers Swale, Ure, Nidd, Ouse and Wharfe.

Charles grew up in North Lincolnshire and comes from a large farming family. An interest and concern for the natural world led him to study for a BSc in the Environment Department at the University of York followed by an MSc at the University of East Anglia. Charles joined the Environment Agency in 2004, working initially on capital flood alleviation schemes but his ambition was always to work on environmental projects. His portfolio of projects includes Greatham Managed Realignment, a compensatory habitat creation project on Teesside.

In his leisure time, Charles enjoys fell walking and cycling. He also sings with the Yorkshire Bach choir and is a keen gardener.

Dan Turner

Dan Turner

Senior Project Officer

Dan has worked for the YDRT since completing his degree in Environmental Sciences at Leeds University (2012). Dan was brought up on a Farm in Cumbria, where his father is farm manager, and he worked for the Eden Rivers Trust in a voluntary capacity since the age of 17 years. Whilst at University he assisted with voluntary work on the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Arc project with the Freshwater Biological Association. Dan coordinates a wide variety of projects but mainly works on delivering Natural Flood Management. He is also currently studying a Flood Risk and Coastal Management Post Cert MSc at the University of Leeds, funded by JBA Trust. Dan is a self-confessed climbing addict and spends most of his free time bouldering.

Charlotte Simons

Charlotte Simons

Senior Catchment Partnership Officer

Charlotte gained a BSc in Agricultural Sciences from Nottingham University and an MSc in Land Resource Management from Silsoe College, Cranfield University before starting her career in conservation with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Her first job in Yorkshire was as Countryside Stewardship Adviser for Humberside, a role which gave her the chance to bring together conservation and farming. In 2000 Charlotte became a Senior Adviser and progressed to project management of land management schemes then more recently, Natural England’s work relating to Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Charlotte is now leading our input on the Wharfe Catchment Management Plan.
In her free time Charlotte volunteers for the Scout Association in Wharfedale and West Yorkshire, enjoys making jewellery, walking her dog, gardens sporadically and supports her son playing rugby at Baildon.

Marie Taylor

Marie Taylor

Project Officer

Marie is a full-time Project Officer at the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust (YDRT) and started working with us on the 2nd of October 2017. Marie has moved to the YDRT from the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust where she gained valuable Project Officer experience. She successfully delivered projects in the Witham catchment, which involved working with landowners, stakeholders, communities and volunteers.

Marie grew up locally in Wakefield and moved to Hull in 2006 where she started her BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology. She completed her PhD at Hull University in fisheries in 2016, which focused on the influence of flow management and habitat rehabilitation on fish communities in Yorkshire.

In Marie’s spare time she enjoys playing netball and coaching gymnastics.

David Bamford

David Bamford

Senior Fisheries Officer

Dave transferred to the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust on its merger with the Ure Salmon Trust. Dave was brought up in Blackpool, Lancashire but from a very early age spent most of his spare time in Cumbria exploring the Lakeland fells,
rivers and lakes. He worked for the National Rivers Authority and its successor, the Environment Agency for over 20 years as a Fisheries Enforcement Officer, Fisheries Scientist and Fisheries Technical Officer.

In his younger days Dave worked in commercial fish farming and is a lifelong angler. Dave was awarded a Masters Degree in Fisheries from the University of Hull in 2002 and has been involved in many large river restoration projects and also installation of fish counters and fish passes. His hobbies outside work include restoration of classic Rover Cars from the 1960’s.

Jack Hirst

Jack Hirst

Project Officer

Jack joined the Trust on the 11th of September 2017 after completing a Masters degree in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Exeter. Whilst at university Jack took a strong interest in natural flood management whilst working on the Cornwall Beaver Project.

Jack was raised on a farm in Littondale and is a product of the culture of the Yorkshire Dales, playing cricket for the local teams in Littondale and also playing rugby for Wharfedale RUFC through all age groups and for all senior teams.

Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke

Senior Catchment Partnership Officer

After graduating in Applied Biology from the University of Leeds in 1999, Sarah started her career working for the Centre for Aquatic Plant Management, where she spent much of her time testing ways to kill invasive non-native aquatic and riparian plants that can choke waterbodies and threaten native species and habitats. She also conducted river plant and habitat surveys, feeding a love of rivers gained from childhood holidays walking in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, and Sunday strolls along the River Wear in Durham.

From there Sarah moved on to work for a national aquatic science consultancy and then to build an aquatic ecology team within a Yorkshire-based environmental consultancy, broadening her expertise in aquatic and riparian ecology along the way. She’s managed a range of desk, laboratory and field projects, gaining experience of working with a wide spectrum of clients. During her career, she has been lucky enough to survey many of the UK’s flagship SSSI and SAC river catchments (along with plenty of less salubrious sites). She also continued to work on control of Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS), particularly at sensitive and protected sites.

Following a short stint freelancing part-time around family commitments, Sarah once again returned to working to tackle the problems caused by INNS, this time focussing on prevention as better than cure. As Project Officer for the Yorkshire Dales Biosecurity Project at the University of Leeds, she worked with partner organisations with a footfall in the Dales area to help them to implement practical biosecurity measures across their operations.

Prior to starting a family, Sarah enjoyed hill-walking, badminton, cooking and reading, but currently spends much of her spare time painting rocks and watching My Little Pony (which she is surprised to find she rather enjoys).

Catherine Mason

Catherine Mason

Education and Engagement Officer

Catherine joined the team in November 2017 as the Trust’s first Education and Engagement
Officer. Catherine has a degree in Zoology from Sheffield University, is a qualified teacher and
has an AMA in Natural History education. She has extensive experience in learning outside the classroom through working as a Museum Education Officer, an Outdoor Learning teacher and Forest School leader. Catherine has worked on projects for organisations including the National Trust, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and as a volunteer at Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve. In her spare time, she enjoys going on family walks with their dogs, wildlife photography, baking, and singing in a local choir.

Appointments

  • President: Lord Masham
  • Chairman: Chris Ryder
  • Secretary: Vacant 
  • Treasurer: Mark Facer

Trustees

  • Chris Ryder
  • Sir Anthony Milnes-Coates
  • David Marx
  • David Hartley
  • Frank Broughton
  • Angus Hunter-Smart
  • Robert Brown
  • Jamie Roberts
  • Dr Stephen Axford
  • Mark Facer