Committee Members

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Professor Peter Jones

 Professor of Environmental Governance , Department of Geography, University College London


I wish to be involved in the integration of Fisheries with Biodiversity Conservation and bring the knowledge and experience gained through my research to an applied policy and decisions context.

My work has included research on marine resource governance, particularly on managing conflicts in integrated fisheries and biodiversity conservation.

I am interested in ensuring the effective conservation, including restoration, of fish stocks and biodiversity, including the marine ecosystems that support both.

I’m looking for a sustainable and profitable inshore fishing industry, particularly through the provision of sufficient quota and management measures, and the general protection of the fisheries and ecosystems of Sussex from incoming rogue fishermen.

Cllr. Leo Littmann 

Deputy Chair 

County Councillors

Cllr Pieter Montyn

West Sussex County Council

Cllr Emma Evans

West Sussex County Council

Cllr Noel Atkins

West Sussex County Council

Cllr Julia Hilton

East Sussex County Council

Cllr Sam Adeniji

East Sussex County Council

Cllr Tom Liddiard

East Sussex County Council

Additional Members Appointed by Statutory Authorities

Mark Bennett

Position: Team Leader, Environment Agency

I'm the Environment Agency's Fisheries Technical Specialist and their representative on the Sussex IFCA. I've worked for the Agency in Sussex for 10 years and see our key aims as:

To enhance the rivers, wetlands and coast of Sussex and the South East. Focus on delivering our flood risk priorities and the Water Framework Directive local measures to create sustainable ecologically functioning habitat.

To carry out this work within our Sussex communities.

To protect key river, wetland and coastal habitats by giving intelligent advice to Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environmental Planning, other key partners and Community organisations.

To work with partners to achieve self-sustaining fish populations, responsible angling and sustainable commercial fishing.

To encourage rod licence sales and carry out targeted, intelligent enforcement.

Paul Johnson

Position: District Marine Officer, Marine Management Organisation

I am the District Marine Officer for the MMO Southeast District, which spans from Gravesend to Lyme Regis and incorporates three IFCA’s. As such I am responsible for the duties MMO carries out at sea and on the coast within the District. I have worked in the Southeast for some 17 years, from initially staring as a Fishery Officer with MAFF.



Position: Marine Lead Adviser, Sussex and Kent, Natural England

Position: Marine Lead Advisor, Natural England

Natural England’s Five Year Aims:

1) Well managed nature recovery networks across land, water and sea delivering resilient ecosystems rich in wildlife and character, enjoyed by people and widely benefitting society.

2) People connected to the natural environment for their own and society’s wellbeing, enjoyment and prosperity.

3) Nature based solutions contributing fully to tackling the climate change challenge and wider environmental hazards and threats.

4) Improvements in natural capital underpinning sustainable economic growth, healthy food systems and prospering communities.

5) Evidence and expertise is used by a broad range of partnerships, organisations and communities to achieve nature recovery and enable effective regulation and accreditation.

6) A values-led organisation which delivers excellent service standards to all partners, organisations and communities engaged in achieving nature’s recovery.

MMO Appointees

Graham Furness

Bringing Knowledge and Expertise in: Recreational Sea Angling (Hastings)

I started sea angling in 1960 when I joined the East Hastings Sea Angling Association. Every fine weekend I would travel with my dad from Finchley (North London) to Hastings, a round trip of some 160 miles, to see if we could get afloat. Now, some 50 years later, my enthusiasm for the sport is undiminished. I’m still with the EHSAA where I’m currently the Commodore having also acted as vice-chairman and chairman (17 years). Since 1972 I have also been the club’s fish recorder and have always been interested in the changing trends of species landed and numbers/sizes of specimens landed. I have numerous friends in the local inshore fishing fleet and have joined them in trawling, trammel and gill netting including fishing for herring and sprats plus some potting in Scotland which has given me some insight into commercial fishing

In more recent times I have become interested in coaching the next generation of anglers and have completed my UKCC Level 1 certificate in coaching angling. Over the last 50 years I have become acutely aware of the decline in fish numbers and species available for anglers and worry as to whether there will be fish for the new generation I’m trying to encourage to catch. This is my main driver behind applying to join the IFCA as I believe the new legislation provides an unparalleled opportunity to ensure sustainable fish stocks for both anglers and commercial interests alike in the future.

Gary Edwards

 Sally Ashby

 Bringing Knowledge and Expertise in: Marine           Ecosystems and Documentary Film Production

Sussex born and bred, I have always had a strong connection with the sea and spent my childhood summers crabbing and cockling on the Norfolk coast. I have an academic background in zoology and ecology with an MSc in conservation, specialising in marine ecosystem services.

I also have a professional background in media having spent over a decade making documentaries and factual programmes for UK television.

I will be commencing the role of Kelp Lead for the Sussex Wildlife Trust at the end of May, supporting the Help Our Kelp Partnership and sustainable fisheries for the future.

Professor Paul Leonard

Bringing Knowledge and Expertise in: Coastal Zone Management

I am a former head of the DEFRA Marine Environment Division’s Science Unit. I am also a Council member of the UK Environmental Law Association as well as a council member for the Society of Radiological Protection My main work is providing a peer review service that is science-based for a wide range of users including industry, local communities and government funded organisations. This might include resolving conflicts of interest, designing appropriate monitoring programmes and assessment of the significance of the information. Currently I am a Chief Consultant for Corporate Risk Associates Ltd ( ).

As a member of the Sussex IFCA, I hope to help provide advice on such issues as coastal zone management, best practice for the utilisation of marine aggregates, sustainable approaches to enhancing biodiversity and minimisation of pollution.

Jim Partidge

Bringing Knowledge and Expertise in: Commercial Fishing & Fish Marketing (Shoreham-by-Sea)

I started fishing back in 1953 when I was taken herring drifting. By 1957 I’d obtained a second-hand trammel net, and started selling fish. In 1966, after a gruelling underwater seabed survey, I won the school Biology prize and a scholarship to Southampton University. During my gap year I worked on a trawler out of Newhaven, and after my studies I started fishing full-time for lobsters and crabs. By 1976 I had expanded to exporting spider crabs, and the same year I joined Sussex Sea Fisheries District Committee and the White Fish Authority Research and Development Committee.

After relocating my company to Shoreham’s Fisherman’s Wharf and building new tanks to accommodate the shellfish, I started to export internationally running from North West Ireland to Setabul in Portugal. I enjoyed a stint as commodore at Sussex Yacht Club, and in 1990 I became the Honourable Secretary of Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat.

In 2005-2006 I made 3 trips to the Tamil areas of East and North East Sri Lanka to help rebuild the fishing industry after the Boxing Day Tsunami.

In 2011 I joined Sussex Inshore Fishing and Conservation Authority, and my latest project is the introduction of ring-netting to the waters of Sussex.


Andy Read

Bringing Knowledge and Expertise in: Fisheries Development and Partnership

Andy Read started his career as a fisherman, eventually owning his own inshore vessel. He then moved into fisheries work ashore, initially within a large Fish Producer’s Organisation, and then as Director of Fisheries for the Isle of Man Government, where he implemented a number of innovative projects, including a network of Marine Protected Areas, designated in
partnership with the local fishing industry. Since 2013 he has worked as a fisheries development expert for the UN, World Bank and EU, working primarily on fisheries in Africa.


Garry Walker

Bringing Knowledge and Expertise in: 
Sustainable Commercial Fishing

I became a member of the Sussex IFCA to help make a difference. It is very important the commercial fishermen are represented at this committee, hopefully I can increase awareness and advise on sensitive issues. I understand the importance of maintaining a sustainable fishery and protecting the future of the fishing industry for the next generation.

I went to sea at an early age and worked on both local near shore trawlers and eventually the more distant deep sea trawlers (demersal and pelagic). The deep sea vessels typically spent 2 or 3 weeks at sea before returning home. However, I do have broken service within the commercial fishing industry. This was due to the rapid decline of the UK deep sea fishing fleet and its markets. At that time I had a young family to support and needed reliable income, so I was fortunate to join the nuclear industry (previously the CEGB now known as EDF Energy). After several years I was offered an engineering programme of further education typically 4 years day release / night school at a Technical College and passed the ONC and HNC exams with distinction to become a Senior Technical Engineer and eventually a Group Head in charge of group of professional engineers. Throughout my time with EDF I maintained my passion for the sea and kept in touch with the local fishing community doing regular trips at sea with them. Eventually I decided the time was right to take early retirement from EDF and return to the fishing industry. I own and operate my own commercial fishing vessel.

Dr Paul Driver

Bringing Knowledge and Expertise in: Fisheries Research and International Environmental Conservation

I am a marine fisheries biologist who initially worked at the largest of the old Sea Fisheries Committees (SFCs), responsible for NW England and N/Mid Wales. I have conducted research on the fisheries for shrimp, lobster, cockles and mussels, and ended up as Chief Officer of that SFC.

I then pursued a second career in international environmental consultancy, and experienced marine environments in numerous countries. I also spent 3 years as Director of Conservation Services at the HQ of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

I am looking forward to contributing to the good work of Sussex IFCA with respect to both fisheries and marine conservation.


Dr Corina Ciocan

Bringing Knowledge and Expertise in: Marine Biology and International Research

I am a Marine Biologist, my expertise is in functional ecotoxicology, focusing on biological responses of marine organisms to environmental stressors. Prior to my current role as Principal Lecturer in Marine Biology at the University of Brighton, UK, I was a full-time Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK after starting as a Research Assistant for the Romanian National Marine Institute. I was involved in a wide range of international research programmes (International Mussel Watch, EU Interreg Channel III-IV), investigating the detoxification mechanisms in marine invertebrates, DNA damage and impairment of reproduction mechanisms. Recently, I have developed a strong interest in the marine microplastics pollution and the potential input from boating associated activities.

I have published my research in high impact scientific journals, written book chapters and have recently appeared in a BBC 1 program centred around her research into GRP contamination of the aquatic environment. In my teaching of Marine Biology at the University of Brighton I bring a lot of my personal experience into the class room, encouraging students to participate in laboratory research and coastal surveys. 

In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, running, reading and walking my dog, Lulu.


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