About Us

Together, for rivers

Our vision is wild, healthy, natural rivers, valued by all. With your help, we can make this a reality. Together,  for rivers.

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. Despite this, 0% of rivers in England are in good overall health 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.

Because we believe that rivers really should be valued and enjoyed by all, addressing and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within our movement is fundamental to achieving our ambition. Take a look at our EDI statement.

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.

Impact from Rivers Trusts in 2020

View our Rivers Trust Review 2020 Charity Articles of Association

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

Meet the team

Mark Lloyd | Chief Executive Officer
Arlin Rickard | Chief Policy Advisor
Barry Bendall | Operations Director
Rob Collins | Head of Policy & Science
Mark Horton | Director All-Ireland
David Johnson | Technical Director
Michelle Walker | Deputy Technical Director
Dan Turner | Project Manager
Peter Dillon | Finance Director
Jenn Yearling | Finance Manager
Dominic McCann | EFS Farm Officer
Jayne Mann | Marketing & Communications Manager
Alex Adam | Head of Water Stewardship
Amina Aboobakar | Commercial Director
Lyndsey Herron | Source to Tap Project Officer
Lisa Stewart | Source to Tap Project Officer
Anneka France | GIS Analyst
Emily Cooper | Marketing & Comms Officer
Lucy Butler | GIS Manager
Catherine McIlwraith | GIS Analyst
Becca Duncan | PR & Events Coordinator
Sonia Lee | Assistant Financial Accountant
Heather Bell | GIS Analyst
Clare Whitelegg | East of England Project Coordinator
Christine Colvin | Director of Partnerships & Communications
Alison Furber | GIS Analyst
Jessie Leach | Project Officer
Ukwuori Fadayiro | Project Manager
Debbie Rowlinson | Executive Assistant to the Board
Lisa Allen | Finance Officer
Caitlin Kennedy | Project Communications Officer
Gwen Mainwaring | Project Communications Officer
Anna Gerring | Regional Development Manager - North
John Brewington | Regional Development Manager - South
Constanze O'Toole | Ireland Development Manager
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

Graham Thomas

Bella Davies

View our Whistleblowing Policy

If you have any concerns about the Rivers Trust, our staff, members or people working on our projects, please contact us.

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.