Meet The Trustees

Michael Stirk- Trustee.

Michael Stirk

Company Director of an Agricultural merchant in Shropshire, Michael has fished all his life and caught his first Salmon on the Dee at the age of 13. Michael is the Vice Chairman of the Dee Fisheries Association and a member of Midland Fly Fishers.

Involved with the Trust since 1999 he is fully committed to the conservation and improvement of the Dee catchment. Michael is married to Sue with two adult children all of whom fish.

Mervyn Williams- Trustee

Mervyn Williams (Vice Chair)

A Welsh speaker who is a retired History teacher, Mervyn has been a keen fisherman for over 50 years catching his first trout on the rivers of his native Llŷn Peninsula.

He takes an active interest in the environment and efforts to improve habitat and is a member of several conservation societies.

Mervyn lives in Denbighshire, is married with one son, a daughter through marriage and two grandsons.

Richard Lucas- Trustee

Richard Lucas (Chairman)

Richard is a retired General Practitioner living in Hawarden. He is a keen fisherman on the Dee and Tyne.

Gareth Jones- Trustee

Gareth Jones

Born and bred in the town of Ruthin.  Where he now lives with his family.

Holds a degree in Environmental Studies and a HND in Rural Land Use.

Works for Keep Wales Tidy, where he was originally employed as a River Officer.

Chairman of Corwen and District Angling Club.

Noel Hulmston- Trustee

Noel Hulmston

Noel is a dual National of both Wales and Ireland who is married with two children. Noel is a keen fisherman and shooter and regularly shoots in Wales, Ireland, and Wisconsin. He currently works as a fishing guide.

Noel is now retired but had a career first in the magistrate’s courts system and secondly in the field of lymphoedema as a practitioner. Noel has been involved with a variety of other charities, including previous experience as a chair of the board.

Mark Pierce- Trustee

Mark Pierce

Mark grew up in the hills above the Dee Estuary, with moorland literally outside his back door, and has always had a keen interest in the natural world.   Having completed a degree in Applied Chemistry, Mark decided to pursue a career in engineering and has spent most of his working life in Project Management, ranging from small projects to large multi-million-pound projects. During this time Mark never lost his passion for the Natural World and completed a range of courses including the Institute Of Fisheries Management Course – Fisheries Management and a Diploma in Conservation. Mark spends most Sundays working with the local angling group to improve the habitat on his local river

Huw Evans- Treasurer

Huw Evans (Treasurer)

A native of Llangollen Huw has lived all his life on the banks of the Dee. A retired solicitor Huw managed the Welsh Dee Trust from 2007 until 2021. He is passionate about the conservation of the Dee catchment and the education of the public in protecting the water environment.

Gareth Foulkes- Trustee

Gareth Foulkes

Gareth was born in the Vale of Clywd and initially set out as the third generation on the family farm. Gareth re-trained as a school biology teacher, before joining Environment Agency Wales. Gareth has a passion for sustainable agriculture and became a trustee in 2020.