The Fish & Fisheries team is a small team of specialists who work to manage the Fisheries Charitable Trust’s programmes and wider Company contribution to the fisheries sector.
As Chairman of the Fish & Fisheries Committee, Nigel Bankes leads the Committee to oversee the Company’s fisheries strategy and decision-making process. He is also Chairman of the Seafood School at Billingsgate. His whole working life has been spent undertaking numerous senior roles in the brewing and pub owning business. He served as Prime Warden in 2016-17.
Andrew has overall responsibility for managing the fisheries programme but has particular experience in the area of freshwater fisheries and catchment management, a field in which he has worked for over 20 years. He has previously played a key role in Scottish fisheries management through his work as director of the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards and, latterly, as Chairman of Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland. He then assumed the chairmanship of The Rivers Trust (2015-2019) which represents 65 rivers trusts operating in England, Wales and Ireland. He is vice-president of the Atlantic Salmon Trust and a director of the Tweed Forum. He has also held board positions on the Freshwater Biological Association and FishLegal.
Alison has established and coordinates the Master Fishmonger Standard, as well as managing projects that advance the fish trade, inshore fisheries and coastal economies. With a Master’s Degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Alison has played a key role in managing national and international fisheries-related projects and is an experienced entrepreneur.
Eleanor works alongside the Fisheries Director to deliver The Company’s Fisheries programmes and grants. As a former academic with a strong international research background in the freshwater fisheries sciences, she provides expertise in science and research, conservation, aquaculture, and education.
Robert has worked for the Company at Billingsgate since 1988. He was deputised as Fishmeter in 1989 and given his inspection and seizure powers under the Company’s Royal Charter of 1604 granted in the reign of King James I. Robert continues to undertake these duties and seizes products sold at Billingsgate that he deems to be “Unfit For The Food Of Man’s Body” in exercise of the Company’s Charter.
Appointed in 1988 as Secretary to the Chief Inspector and Assistant Clerk, and currently the longest-serving staff member, Cynthia has broad knowledge of the Company’s operations and has acquired knowledge of the UK Fish and Fisheries sector. Cynthia is responsible for Fish and Fisheries Committee work and grants. Together with Gavin O’Donnell, they manage the Fish on Friday website. Cynthia can be contacted for general Fish & Fisheries enquiries, grants and the Director’s business.
Gavin is responsible for communications surrounding the Company’s fisheries work, raising awareness of the Company’s work both within the sector and the wider public. He manages the Company’s Discover Seafood project, which works to increase consumer awareness of and demand for locally-caught British seafood, and supports the rest of the Fish & Fisheries team in project development. He has strong experience in communicating environmental issues to diverse audiences, ranging from beaver reintroduction in Scotland to climate change.