David Diggens – Director
David has had a life-long interest in the British countryside, its function and conservation. After 10 years in the Army he moved to Norfolk, where he has lived ever since. His business career involved working with UK-based companies in the bottled water industry. He recently started a Norfolk company with the aim of encouraging more people to take an interest in the natural environment.
Dr Jonah Tosney – Senior Project Manager
Jonah is a river ecologist who has previously worked with Wester Ross Fisheries Trust, University of Highlands and Islands, Yorkshire Water and the Yorkshire Dales National Park and has a background in conservation and research. Jonah’s project is funded by the Catchment Restoration Fund and he oversees a number of restoration projects on Norfolk’s chalk rivers.
Marie-Anne Edwards – Finance Officer
Marie-Anne is our Finance and Human Resources Officer. Marie-Anne has several years experience in managing the accounts of small businesses and charities.
Ursula Juta – Education and Catchment Support Officer
Ursula is our Eel Education Officer. Her background is in ecology and conservation as well as education. Ursula is working on the eel project funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund; her role involves engaging schools and the local community with the aim to reconnect them with the historical and present day conservation of eels and their habitat.
Ursula also coordinates the West Norfolk and North Norfolk CaBA catchments as well as running the Fishing For Youngsters Fishing school at Bayfield and running the Cascade education programme funded by the Fishmongers Company.
Ed is our Farm Advisor working within the CamEO partnership through the WaterLIFE funded project by WWF and Coca Cola. His previous job was as Reserve Manager at Pensthorpe Natural Park where he has spent the past 12 years after gaining a HND in Countryside Management while at Easton College. Ed’s role is to work within the River Wissey and Lark catchments providing Farm advise and implementing projects to reduce diffuse pollution from agricultural practices.
Charles Rangeley-Wilson – Associate Advisor
Charles is an Associate Advisor assisting with catchment restoration and project planning and delivery, as well as private and public sector liaisons.
John Austen – Chairman of Trustees
John grew up on a Norfolk farm, where he developed an early appreciation of wildflowers. He has been estate manager of the Ken Hill estate since 1988. This landscape is managed under a large HLS/ELS agreement and has the Heacham river flowing through it. John is a former chairman of Norfolk Wildife Trust, and chairman of both the King’s Lynn Internal Drainage Board and the East Anglian branch of the Royal Forestry Society.
Anna grew up in Jersey in the Channel Islands and following several years working in London escaped to settle in Norfolk having been seduced by the natural beauty of North Norfolk and her husband Chris! They have lived in Norfolk for the last 21 years and have brought up their family to appreciate the natural beauty of North Norfolk in particular the area around the Stiffkey and the Glaven. She is the Chief Executive of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UEA and very closely connected with the activities of the Norwich Research Park with its global expertise in climate change, plant science and the impact of food and diet on health and disease.
David de Stacpoole
David was born in Ireland into a farming background, where he developed a passion for conservation, wild places and environmental protection. He was formerly a soldier but has been a businessman for the last 18 years or so. He is currently a senior director in a Private Security Company working mainly in London, and has had a family home in Norfolk for over 30 years.
Dr Geoff Brighty
Geoff grew up in Norfolk where he was fortunate to enjoy the best fisheries and countryside. Having progressed from the early days of fish farming and restocking our rivers in the East of England, he has now been able to lead people at a catchment scale, across all the elements that influence our water environment, in turning back the scale of environmental harm. As well as his passion for Norfolk rivers, Geoff can bring a range of experiences and networks, gained from his varied career in the Environment Agency, that will be important to help shape a sustainable future for the Norfolk Rivers Trust. Geoff is looking forward to an important journey with the Trustees, and success ultimately to secure the Trust’s future for the long term.
Ben qualified in Land Agency before working within a large national commercial property team. He subsequently worked as a market leader in the regeneration of brownfield land and later as managing partner in a local Commercial Agency. Ben will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team.