About Us

About us

Healthy rivers are essential to human life, they provide us with drinking water, they water our crops, they are home to important species of wildlife, they provide recreational spaces for our health and wellbeing. Yet, only 14% of rivers are at good ecological status and have been declining over recent years.

The Rivers Trust is the umbrella organisation for 60 local member Trusts, we are the only group of environmental charities in the UK and Ireland, dedicated to protecting and improving river environments for the benefit of people and wildlife.

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

We need more support to take vital action in protecting and improving rivers across the UK and Ireland for future generations. Join the fight against pollution, plastic and climate change, and help make rivers fit for people and wildlife. Join the Riverlution.

Impact from Rivers Trusts in 2018

Rivers Trust Statistics for 2019
View our Rivers Trust Review 2019

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.

Map of Rivers Trusts 2019
View interactive map of Rivers Trusts

Meet the team

Mark Lloyd | Chief Executive Officer
Arlin Rickard | Chief Policy Advisor
Alistair Maltby | Operations Director
Rob Collins | Head of Policy & Science
Barry Bendall | Director, Water & Land
Mark Horton | Director All-Ireland
David Johnson | Director of River Ecosystem Services
Michelle Walker | Head of GIS & Data
Peter Dillon | Finance Director
Jenn Yearling | Finance Manager
Tim Pitt | Natural Course Project Manager
Jayne Mann | Marketing & Communications Manager
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
Lucy Butler | GIS Manager
Catherine McIlwraith | GIS Analyst
Will Atkin | GIS Analyst
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


Jonathan White (Chairman)

Dr Geoff Brighty

David Brown

Dr Laurence Couldrick

Jo Harrison

Charlotte Hitchmough

Sandy Muirhead

Jack Spees

Andrew Wallace


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.