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. Dan was brought up on an agricultural estate 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 works out of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority offices at Colvend, Grassington and coordinates a wide variety of projects. Dan is a self-confessed climbing addict and spends most of his free time bouldering.

Rita Mercer

Rita Mercer

Catchment Co-ordinator

Rita joined the Trust in 2014 and works to coordinate the Dales to Vales River Network and establish projects. Since completing her degree in Environmental Biology at Liverpool University Rita has lived and worked in North Yorkshire for 25 years. Her first job in the Dales was for the Nature Conservancy Council, surveying all of the limestone pavements. In 1991 she became one of the first Advisers on the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme, working with farmers and landowners advising on environmental land management and administering their agreements, before being promoted to Senior Adviser in 2001. In 2008 Rita left Natural England and set up her own business completing Farm Environmental Plans and helping with Environmental Stewardship applications. Rita has 2 sons, 3 dogs, half a horse, 4 hens and a big garden to keep her busy!

Charlotte Simons

Charlotte Simons

Senior Catchment Partnership Project 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.

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 water 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.

David Bamford

David Bamford

Fisheries Technical 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.

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.

Appointments

  • President: Lord Masham
  • Chairman: Andy Brown
  • Secretary: Andy Brown (acting)
  • Treasurer: Mark Facer

Trustees

  • Andy Brown
  • Chris Ryder
  • Tom Orde-Powlett
  • David Hartley
  • Frank Broughton
  • Andrew Fallows
  • Angus Hunter-Smart
  • Robert Brown
  • Jamie Roberts
  • Steve Axford
  • Mark Facer