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Non-Executive Director (Committee)

About Fish Legal

Fish Legal is a unique, unincorporated, not-for-profit membership association using the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its 1,300 member angling clubs and fisheries throughout the UK. It is united in a collaborative relationship with the Angling Trust, the national representative body for angling and both organisations are supported jointly by 12,000 individual members.

Founded in 1948 as the Anglers’ Co-operative Association, Fish Legal’s work is focused on protecting the water environment and seeking compensation for its members whose waters are polluted or suffer other environmental damage. This not only provides funds for habitat restoration, but it also presents a credible deterrent to polluters. Fish Legal is a co-operative organisation that draws its strength from a wide membership to protect each and every member.

The association has a substantial fighting fund that enables it to fight cases against water companies and other large corporations and employs a team of six lawyers in-house. It is a unique organisation that has a strong track record in taking legal action on behalf of members to protect the water environment. This has included judicial reviews of the government, forcing all the water companies of England and Wales to be subject to the Environmental Information Regulations and countless civil legal claims for pollutions and other damage to fisheries.

Additionally, it gives advice to its club and fishery owner members on some angling and fishery related matters.

It is united in a collaborative relationship with the Angling Trust, the national representative body for angling in England and Wales and the governing body in England.

Role specification

The Fish Legal committee members have fiduciary responsibility on behalf of Fish Legal’s members. All committee members are automatically appointed as directors of the ACA Trustee Company Limited, which is responsible for overseeing and managing the investment portfolio which comprises Fish Legal’s “fighting fund”.

General responsibilities

  • Acting in a way that is most likely to promote the success of Fish Legal for the benefit of its members as a whole
  • Exercising independent judgment
  • Being diligent, careful and well informed about Fish Legal’s affairs
  • Avoiding conflicts (or possible conflicts) between the interests of the Committee member and those of Fish Legal
  • Overseeing Fish Legal’s financial management and administration
  • Ensuring the proper governance of the organisation
  • Maintaining a close collaborative relationship with the Angling Trust
  • Reviewing performance against annual plans, targets and performance
  • Ensuring that the Executive have taken appropriate steps to protect Fish Legal from undue risk
  • Ensuring fulfilment by the executive of Fish Legal’s constitutional, regulatory and legal obligations
  • Ensuring the management systems and structures of the association so that it can carry out its work effectively, accountably and safely
  • Ensuring protection and enhancement of the reputation of Fish Legal
  • Seeking opportunities to expand and promote awareness of Fish Legal’s work, achievements and potential

Person specification

The successful candidate will be keenly interested in issues affecting the water environment and angling. In addition, they will have the following:


Board or senior executive experience: The successful candidate will have experience at board or senior executive level in a similar-sized commercial or voluntary sector organisation

Partnership experience: The successful candidate will have worked in collaborative relationships or partnerships with other organisations, both within and across sectors


Marketing / communications / public relations experience: In order to provide strategic guidance to the executive regarding the acquisition and retention of members and raising awareness of the work of the Trust, the ideal candidate will have experience of any of the following:

  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Public relations

The organisation is keen to increase the gender and racial diversity of the Board. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process.

Committee composition

George Graham - Chair
Mark Lloyd - Chief Executive
George Stephenson
Mike Heylin OBE
Tim Goode
Andrew Nathan
Phil Chamberlain
Paul Stafford
Jamie Lamb
Charles Nichols

Time commitment

There are usually four Fish Legal Committee meetings each year (which are held on the same day as ACA Trustee Company Ltd. Board meetings), all normally held in London between 11am and 3.30pm. Papers are distributed one week in advance to allow time to read and prepare for meetings. There are three sub-committees which hold between one and four meetings per year. Participation in sub-committees is optional and dependent on availability and skills.


This is a voluntary role and is not remunerated. Legitimate and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses are payable.


This process is being run in-house by the organisation. Applications will be viewed by them without edits. We therefore advise applicants to avoid using ‘see CV’ or ‘please call me to discuss further’ in your application as it may restrict your chances of successfully progressing to the next round.

Please complete the application form and equity monitoring form and send to

Download Application Form

Download Equity Monitoring Form

Questions & Feedback

In the event you have any questions or feedback about the way the role or your application has been handled, please contact

Role timetable

  • Deadline for applications: 23rd June
  • Candidates can expect to be contacted by: 7th July
  • Candidates can expect the process to be completed by: 31st August
  • Interviews will be conducted in London: date tbc


Fish Legal is always interested in hearing from individuals who support our environmental aims and/or have a particular interest in our legal work. Whilst we are unable to offer renumeration individuals can gain valuable experience from time spent in our office. There are opportunities to get involved in all aspects of our work which could include liaising with members, case research, handling telephone enquiries, working on media relations and website content.

If you are interested in volunteering at our Leominster office please contact or telephone 01568 620447 to discuss opportunities.

Contact: Fish Legal - Eastwood House | 6 Rainbow Street | Leominster | HR6 8DQ | Tel: 01568 620447

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