About Us

We are the umbrella body of the rivers trust movement, working to protect, promote and enhance our freshwater ecosystems for both people and wildlife.

About us

We are the umbrella body of the Rivers Trust movement, working to protect, promote and enhance our freshwater ecosystems for both people and wildlife.

With the support of over 60 member Trusts across the UK and Ireland, we work on the ground, in the heart of the community, to promote a sustainable future for our river environments.

Originally named the ‘Association of Rivers Trust’ in 2001, we were granted charitable status in 2004 and later changed our name to ‘The Rivers Trust’ in 2011.

We are proud members of Blueprint for Water, Wildlife and Countryside Link and are administrators of the Catchment Based Approach.

Impact of Rivers Trusts across the UK
View our Rivers Trust Review 2018

Your local Rivers Trust

Our member Trusts are independent community-led charitable organisations, recognised as important deliverers of education, water management advice and practical conservation work, from source to sea – improving land, rivers and wetlands at a catchment or river basin scale.

Find your local trust here or, if you would like to find out more about setting up your own local Rivers Trust, get in touch.

View interactive map of Rivers Trusts

Key stats

In the last year, Rivers Trusts* in the UK have…

  • Planted over 91,000 trees

  • Worked with more than 270 schools

  • Opened up 260km of river to fish passage

  • Addressed 736 pollution incidents and water quality issues

  • Assisted 128 communities at risk of flooding

  • Worked on over 1000 farms

  • Improved over 440km of river habitat

  • Eased, passed or removed over 68 fish barriers

  • Created or restored over 80 wetlands

*29 trusts surveyed in 2017

Meet the team

Arlin Rickard | Chief Executive Officer
Alistair Maltby | Operations Director
Rob Collins | Head of Policy and Science
David Johnson | Director of River Ecosystem Services
Mark Horton | Director All-Ireland
Barry Bendall | Director, Water and Land
Michelle Walker | Head of GIS and Data
Lucy Butler | GIS Manager
Peter Dillon | Finance Director
Jenn Yearling | Finance Manager
Tim Pitt | Natural Course Project Manager
Jayne Mann | Communications Executive
Alex Adam | Head of Water Stewardship
Jayne Creswell | Financial Accountant
Lyndsey Herron | Source to Tap Project Officer
Lisa Stewart | Source to Tap Project Officer
Anneka France | GIS Analyst
Emily Cooper | Marketing & Communications Assistant
Contact the team

Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of The Rivers Trust. They meet regularly and bring a wealth of experience to support the general management of the charity.

President: Ian Gregg OBE


Andrew Wallace (Chairman)

Dr Geoff Brighty

David Brown

Dr Laurence Couldrick

Prof. Angela Gurnell

Charlotte Hitchmough

Jonathan White

Jack Spees

Our consultancy services

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Rivers Trust, get in touch. We have free ‘start up’ packs available and can provide bespoke advice on how to identify demand, catchments, legal structures and charity registration. We also offer help and advice on fundraising, technical protocols and best practice.

Visit our River Ecosystem Services pages for detailed information on our consultancy services.


This website has been part funded by EU LIFE Integrated Projects and the Greggs Foundation.