Shark Trust Trustees

The Shark Trust is governed by a dedicated board of ten trustees:

Richard Peirce - Shark Trust Chairman.

 
Richard Peirce - Shark Trust Chairman
Businessman, author and film maker - Richard is a passionate shark conservationist who spends a lot of his time on various projects trying to help these beautiful endangered creatures and stop them from being pushed into extinction. Richard lives in North Cornwall, England, and travels around the world on shark conservation issues. Richard is Chairman of the Shark Trust, the Shark Conservation Society, and sponsors the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain tag and release programme and other projects.

Roger Covey.
 
Roger Covey
Senior specialist marine officer for Natural England - Roger has worked in marine conservation nationally and regionally for more than 20 years, ranging from marine survey work throughout the UK during the early 1990s, to conservation roles in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly. He is recognised nationally as one of the leading figures in marine conservation and has chaired numerous meetings and events on marine issues.

Sarah Fowler.
 
Sarah Fowler OBE – Founding Trustee
Sarah has worked in marine ecology, conservation and management for over 25 years. She was Deputy Head of the former Nature Conservancy Council’s Marine Science Branch, the Nature Bureaus Director of Marine and Coastal Services and Co-founder of the European Elasmobranch Association. She was co-chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group and appointed a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation in 2005. She was awarded the OBE for services to marine conservation in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 

John Nightingale.
 
John Nightingale
John is a businessman, underwater film maker, photojournalist, radio and TV presenter. He is also an avid diver and keen conservationist.

Sue Bates.
 

Sue Bates
Sue is a keen diver and has encountered many sharks over the years with her late husband and Trustee of the Shark Trust, Grant Bates. Her first encounter was 30 years ago off Ras Mohammed with a shoal of hammerheads. Since then Sue has become aware of the alarming decline in many shark populations and became a patron in 2012.

Sue Bates
Sue is a keen diver and has encountered many sharks over the years with her late husband, and Trustee of the Shark Trust, Grant Bates. Her first encounter was 30 years ago off Ras Mohammed with a shoal of hammerheads. Since then Sue has become aware of the alarming decline in many shark populations and became a trustee in 2012.

Alan Godwin.
 
Alan Godwin
For over 25 years Alan has run a travel company specialising in natural history, both terrestrial and marine. For a little longer than that he has been fortunate to have dived in some of the world’s best scuba locations and encountered many species of sharks.
  Sune Nightingale

 
Tom Kennard.

Tom Kennard
Tom is a businessman, entrepreneur and keen marine advocate. Tom has been a shark enthusiast since looking into UK shark catches for his dissertation and now promotes sustainability, funding and marine engagement through his various roles including as a trustee at the National Marine Aquarium. Tom is involved at a strategic level with a number of key organisations in the UK and overseas and is keen to ensure a sustainable future for shark species in particular.

Annabelle Lowe. Annabelle Lowe
Marine Conservationist, Director and  Wildlife Guide for Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing/Atlantic Diving with a particular interest in sharks since an awesome experience of snorkeling with Basking Sharks many years ago. Diver and keen Sea Search Snorkeller, recent award winner for Wildlife and Marine Attraction of the year with Cornwall Tourism Awards. British Diver Marine Life Rescue Marine Mammal Medic, core member of Newquay Marine Group and one of five founder members of Cornwall Marine Life Boat Operators. Always looking to support sharks.
 
Steve Allen. Stephen Allen
A partner with GA solicitors, Stephen has more than 30 years of experience in court work and dispute resolution and hopes to bring these skills and perspectives to the work of the Trust. He has a broad interest in wildlife and conservation. He is a keen snorkeler and occasional diver and has been lucky enough to see Angelsharks off the Canaries.

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