Trustees

Our Trustees

Tyne Rivers Trust is governed by a Board of influential and hard-working volunteer Trustees. The Trustees guide the direction of the Trust and work behind the scenes in issues such as strategy, governance and finance.

Hugo Remnant (Chairman) – Hugo is a Land Agent of over 25 years’ experience.  He is an Associate with Land Factor Ltd which manages large areas of land in the North-East of England, and is closely involved with a number of estates in the Tyne catchment.

Charles Beaumont – Charles has a track record, past and present, of working as a non-executive director of many organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He is a landowner, farmer, riparian owner and the proprietor of Trees Please Ltd, a forest nursery company based between Hexham and Corbridge.

David Bradshaw – David is a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor with 30 years experience. As well as running his own chartered accountancy, David uses his experience gained in positions at four large accountancy practices to benefit BLA Consulting LLP and Quantam Law LLP, acting as a corporate tax consultant.  He lives in Hexham.

Will Browne-Swinburne has spent the majority of his career in advertising. As a director of JWT in London for 15 years, he oversaw the campaigns of some of the most iconic global brands. He now lives in Northumberland, where he is a riparian owner on the North Tyne and works on a number of different projects in the North East.

Hugh Clear-Hill – Hugh is Sustainability Programme Manager at Northumberland County Council. From 2003 to 2011, Hugh served on the Environment Agency’s North-East Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee. He is an independent member of the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Hugh is a keen trout and salmon angler, and also enjoys dinghy sailing at Kielder Water and sea kayaking.

Donald Curry – Donald joined the Board in 2015.  He is from Barrasford near Hexham and in 1997 he was awarded a CBE for his services to agriculture, a Knighthood in 2001 and was appointed as a cross bench peer in The House of Lords in 2011.  He brings his knowledge and experience in environmental management and agricultural policy to the Board.

Martyn Howat – Retired Natural England Director for England’s Uplands, Martyn is a part-time environmental consultant, a Council Member of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation, a Trustee of The Rivers Trust, Chairman of the IUCN UK Peatland Inquiry and a member of the GWCT Upland Research Committee. He also manages a salmon fishing syndicate and is a member of various wildfowling and shooting syndicates.

Marcus Robinson – Marcus is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he has a national role, leading on the creation and growth of New Businesses, and regional responsibilities, leading the growth of Consulting in the North East.  Outside of work, he lives in the Tyne Valley, sits on the Board of the Sage Gateshead and coaches youth rugby at Tynedale RFC.

Edward Twiddy – Edward is the Director of the Local Enterprise Partnership in the North East.  He has spent the past decade working for the Treasury and prior to that for the United Nations. He has been Chairman of the Wild Trout Trust for the last 5 years and a fisherman since the age of six.