The Authority


Like all IFCA’s, the Sussex IFCA has a governing committee made up of representatives from the constituent local authorities, stakeholders appointed by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and standing representatives from partner organisations the MMO, Natural England and Environment Agency. The appointed members of the Authority are acquainted with the needs and opinions of the fishing community of the district and have knowledge of, or expertise in, marine environmental matters.

The Committee meets every quarter with the Authority appointing members to the standing sub-committees. The technical sub-committee discuss technical measures, evidence and proposed management to make recommendations to the Authority.

The agendas and minutes of the full committee meetings are available.

The next full committee meeting will be on 28th July 2022 . Location Sussex Yacht Club, Shoreham-by-sea.

Authority Members

Chair: Professor Peter Jones

I have been engaged in research that combines social and natural sciences for over 30 years, focusing on coastal seas as complex social-ecological systems. This research has always been applied and focused on the day-today realities of how we collectively manage human activities to ensure they are sustainable.

My role on the Sussex IFCA committee is a very welcome opportunity to bring the insights gained through my international research to the management of our regional inshore fisheries off Sussex, as well as to learn from this.

I look forward to helping implement SxiFCA’s focus on the ecosystem approach through a range of collaborative initiatives, including various byelaws, to provide for profitable and sustainable inshore fisheries, alongside promoting the health of our marine ecosystems through MPAs and wider-scale conservation initiatives. I very much welcome the opportunity to collaborate with fishers and other partners to these ends.

Deputy Chair: Cllr. Leo Littmann

I’ve been a Councillor at BHCC for eleven years. I am currently Chair of Planning Committee, but was previously my Group’s Lead on Environment, Transport, and Sustainability Committee.

By profession, I am a university lecturer teaching Environmental Science/Studies, as well as Developmental Psychology.

I am a lifelong resident of Brighton & Hove. Having been brought up a couple of hundred yards from Hove seafront, I have a familiarity and fascination with our piece of coastline.

I believe that ensuring we can help maintain the viability of the area’s traditional fishing industry, while simultaneously protecting its biodiversity and enhancing its resilience to climate change, is among the most important things we can do over the coming decades.

County Councillors

Cllr. Sam Adenji

East Sussex County Council

Cllr. Julia Hilton

East Sussex County Council

Cllr. Tom Liddiard

East Sussex County Council

Cllr. Noal Atkins

West Sussex County Council

After leaving the Royal Navy Noel became Consultant to the European Commission in Brussels managing the project between EU and Israel. Upon returning from Israel and Denmark in 1998 joined Bond International Software, promoted to sales director in 2000, retiring in 2009 when elected to Mayor of Worthing. As Mayor became Queen’s representative of Royal Borough of Worthing 2009/10 and invited to Buckingham Palace on completion of duties.

Became Chairman of Trussell Trust National UK Foodbanks, initiated Worthing Foodbank and encouraged the vision of social franchising so every major town in UK should have a foodbank. Noel then worked for Heene Community Association from 2012 as a Business Development Manager, securing Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service ‘MBE for Volunteer Groups’ and retiring in 2022 after 10 years’ service.

Noel is currently the Borough Councillor for Salvington Ward in Worthing having first been elected in 2004, and County Councillor for Durrington and Salvington Division. Noel is Chairman of Planning at Worthing Borough Council and Vice Chairman of Planning and Rights of Way Committee at West Sussex County Council.

When not at Council, Noel works for CAP (Christians Against Poverty) in partnership with New Life Church, Durrington, as Debt Centre Manager, responsible for taking residents through the process of insolvency to becoming debt free. Gained City & Guilds Diploma in Debt Counselling.

Noel continues his association with the Royal Navy as chairman of the Worthing Royal Naval Association looking after the welfare of local veterans and widows.

Noel is pleased to serve as a trustee of Building Heroes Education Foundation and as Director of Building Heroes Property Services.

Cllr. Emma Evans

West Sussex County Council

Cllr. Pieter Montyn

West Sussex County Council

Pieter is a member of the Sussex IFCA on behalf West Sussex County Council since 2016. He is the County Councillor for the Witterings Division. He has a Master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. His career spans 36 years in the UK aircraft and defence industry from which he retired in 2004.

He was first elected to West Sussex County Council in 2009. He is chairman of the Performance and Finance Scrutiny Committee, a member of the Regulation, Audit, and Accounts Committee, and a member of the Planning and Rights of Way Committee. On behalf of the County Council he is also a member of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy and of the Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

He has lived in Birdham near Chichester since 2003

Members appointed by statutory authorities

Mark Bennett

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.

Paula Daglish

As a member of the Sussex IFCA, I bring statutory and conservation advice on marine protected areas, habitats species and the effects of human activity on the environment. I am keen to identify opportunities for sustainability and collaborations to benefit the marine environment and enhance fish habitat within the district.

Having always had a strong connection with the sea, am a keen sailor and have spent time throughout my childhood rod line fishing crabbing and cockling around the Sussex and Solent coastline. I have an academic background in marine environmental science. I also have a professional background in coastal wetland management, marine consultancy, and conservation

Paul Johnson

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.

MMO Apointees

Sally Ashby

Bringing knowledge & expertise in: Marine Ecosystems & Documentary Film Production

Born in Chichester and living near Brighton, I have always considered Sussex home and have always had a strong connection with the sea. My childhood summers were spent shrimping and cockling on the North Norfolk Coast. I have an academic background in zoology and ecology with an MSc in Conservation, specialising in coastal ecosystem services. I also have a professional background in media as a documentary film-maker for UK television. I am the Sussex Kelp Lead for the Sussex Wildlife Trust as part of the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project. 

Dr Corina Ciocan

Bringing knowledge & expertise in: Marine Biology & International Research

Dr. Corina Ciocan is a Principal Lecturer in Marine Biology at University of Brighton. A Marine Biologist, Corina’s expertise is in Ecotoxicology, focusing on biological responses of marine organisms to environmental stressors. Prior to working at the University of Brighton, UK, Corina was a full-time Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK after starting as a Research Assistant for the Romanian National Marine Institute. She has been involved in a wide range of international research programmes (British council, International Mussel Watch, EU Interreg Channel). Recently, Corina has developed a strong interest in the marine microplastics pollution and the potential input from boating associated activities. Corina has published her research in high impact scientific journals, written book chapters, evaluated research proposals for major UK and international councils and has recently appeared TV and radio programs centred around her research into fibreglass contamination.

Dr Paul Driver

Bringing knowledge & expertise in: Fisheries Research & 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.

Gary Edwards

Bringing Knowledge and Expertise in: Commercial Fishing

Graham Furness

Bringing knowledge & 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 to Hastings, 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 been the club’s fish recorder and have always been interested in the changing trends of species / numbers / sizes landed. I have joined friends in the local inshore fishing fleet when trawling, trammel and gill netting, and some potting in Scotland.

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.

Professor Paul Leonard
BSc. (Hons), FIMarEST, FMBA, FLS

Bringing knowledge & expertise in: Coastal Zone Management

I am a former head of the DEFRA Marine Environment Division’s Science Unit and have also been a Council member of the UK Environmental Law Association www.ukela.org as well as a council member for the Society of Radiological Protection www.srp-uk.org . 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. Besides being a Marine Management Organisation appointee, I am also an independent member of the Thames Regional Flood & Coastal Committee Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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

James Partridge

Bringing knowledge & expertise in: Commercial Fishing & Fish Marketing

I started fishing back in 1953 when I was taken herring drifting and by 1957 I had started selling fish. In 1966, I won 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, I started to export shellfish 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, Sri Lanka to help rebuild the fishing industry after the Boxing Day Tsunami.

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

Andy Read

Bringing knowledge & expertise in: Fisheries Development & Partnership

Garry Walker

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.

After several years in the nuclear industry, I was offered an engineering programme and passed with distinction to become a Senior Technical Engineer. Throughout my time with EDF (Group Head) I maintained my passion for the sea and kept in touch with the local fishing community. I now own and operate my own commercial fishing vessel in Rye.

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