David Diggens – Chief Executive Officer 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 – Operations Director 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 coordinates the West Norfolk and North Norfolk CaBA catchments and runs the Fishing For Youngsters Fishing school at Bayfield. Following the successful HLF Glaven Eel project, Ursula will be teaching children in the King’s Lynn catchment about their local river, funded by HLF and managed by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, for the Hidden Heritage of the Gaywood project.

Ed Bramham-Jones – CamEO Farm Advisor 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 spent the past 12 years after gaining a HND in Countryside Management while at Easton College. Ed’s role is to work within the Cam, Ely and Ouse Catchments which include the River Wissey, Lark, Little Ouse, Thet and Cam providing Farm advise and implementing projects to reduce diffuse pollution from agricultural practices.

Georgia Waye-Barker Georgia is our Water Stewardship Project Officer. Since childhood, Georgia has been fascinated by the natural world and, over the years, she has developed a strong desire to contribute towards its protection. Her academic and work background has been in Environmental Science, Research and Science Communications, with a focus on aquatic ecology, conservation and agriculture. Georgia supports our Farm Advisers working on the Water Sensitive Farming Project, funded by WWF and Coca-Cola, by raising awareness of the project via communications and events, using GIS mapping to prioritise high risk sites, and developing case studies on the effectiveness of pollution mitigation measures. Previously, she has worked at the John Innes Centre, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Cefas) and Norfolk County Council.

Alison Smyth Alison is our Farm Adviser working within the Broadland Catchment Partnership through the Water Sensitive Farming project funded by WWF & Coca Cola.  She has nearly 30 year’s involvement with farming and land management and previous jobs have included 10yrs as the National Trust’s East of England Regional Farms Adviser and extensive work on agri-environment schemes; with a particular interest in soil and water management.  Alison’s role is to work within the Broadland Catchment which includes the rivers Bure, Wensum, Waveney and Yare and their tributaries, providing advice to farmers and implementation projects to reduce diffuse pollution from agricultural practices.

Rebecca Banks Becky is our Project Officer working across Norfolk.  Her background is in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management and has 18 years’ experience within the environmental sector providing technical advice, training, surveying, monitoring and management services.  She has worked with Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust, local and regional authorities, NGO’s and private landowners to develop, implement and monitor a variety of landscape-scale habitat creation, restoration and management projects including:  Coastal grazing marsh & wetland enhancements, reedbed creation, restoration and management; Catchment scale Non-Native Invasive Species (NNIS) control and eradication programmes; River walkover surveys and restoration projects; HLS scheme development and implementation; White- clawed crayfish monitoring and translocation; Water vole monitoring and mitigation.


David de Stacpoole – Chairman of Trustees

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 Steward

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.