The Angling Trust announced the appointment of a new Chief executive to replace Mark Lloyd, who left at the end of June to join the Rivers Trusts.
Jamie Cook was appointed after an exhaustive recruitment process and having met him I can safely say it is an excellent decision. There were a number of very good candidates who applied which says a lot about the Trust. Jamie has an all-round passion for fishing and has a clear understanding of the needs of many different types of angler. His appointment as was due to his passion, his ability to balance the needs of a wide range of angling disciplines and his extensive commercial success and experience of growing membership organisations.
One of his major tasks is to beef up the Trust’s already considerable clout in the sea angling arena. With so many opportunities (and threats) on the horizon anglers can be sure that the organisation will continue to fight for their rights over the coming years. He joins the organisation from the media and publishing company Insider Media.
George Stephenson, Chairman of the Angling Trust commented: “Jamie will have a big impact on growing our sport, increasing our membership, as well as being able to represent the needs of all angling interests as leader of both the Angling Trust and Fish Legal. The skills he has developed in leading and building a wide variety of organisations stand him in good stead to help drive not only the Angling Trust and Fish Legal towards a bright new future but also for angling as a whole – which is something we are all striving for.”
Jamie Cook commented: “Naturally I’m very excited to be taking on this significant role, I believe I understand the challenges and opportunities facing angling and my vision for the Trust is to create a community, to re-engage with anglers and to build consensus across the many different disciplines of our sport. Angling is diverse and all anglers should feel engaged and empowered by the Trust – I want everyone to have an opportunity to influence the Trust’s work to benefit angling and the environment. We have an opportunity to build on the strong foundations laid by Mark Lloyd and ensure that anglers not only understand the value and purpose of the Trust but also how the Trust impacts positively on the areas of the sport they enjoy.” Jamie’s is currently Regional Director of Insider Media and will join the Trust in January.
We all look forward to working with him over the coning months and years and feel sure he will provide the spark for the Trust to grow and improve.