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About the Trust

There are currently six Trustees, but as the Trust develops, more will be appointed. Trustees are unpaid and volunteer their time.


  • Richard Stephenson (Chair) lives just downstream from the lodge and has been campaigning for the clean up for Mearley Brook for the past 20 years. He is a material scientist by training and has been chairing and running businesses for most of his career. 

  • John Milne is a civil contracts manager and has worked on various projects overseeing woodland creation to large civil engineering works on many river restoration projects over the last 20 years. He was formerly an employee of Ribble Rivers Trust for five years, and he is also a resident of Clitheroe.

  • Dave Wilmot grew up next to the lodge and is a fishing enthusiast. He has been a Trustee of Ribble Rivers Trust for more than 5 years and is a Clitheroe resident. He brings extensive experience in river improvement projects to the Trust.

  • Lorraine Richen-Stones has great expertise with charitable trusts, and largely through her work, we have now been accepted by the Charities Commission as a registered charity. Lorraine is the ecology expert on the team.

  • Ken Hind needs little introduction. Ken was the leader of the Council and has been involved in local affairs for much of his life. Ken’s experience as Barrister brings important legal expertise to PCNT, which, coupled with his extensive network of contacts and persuasive character, helps get things done.

  • Alan Tidmarsh is an FCA and brings the financial skills and disciplines needed for the Trust. These skills will be critical as we raise money and develop future phases.