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About the Trust

There are currently three 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 a range of 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 5 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 resident of Clitheroe. He brings extensive experience of river improvement projects to the Trust.