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Stephen Marsh-Smith OBE

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: The Rivers Trusts of Wales

During a successful 40 year career in dental surgery, both in practice and teaching (Bristol University), SM-S became founder, chairman and later Executive Director of the Wye and Usk Foundation (WUF), a charity which was formed in response to declining salmon stocks in the Wye. It has developed into one of the UKs largest river and fisheries trusts, now with a staff 20. The focus has been the actual delivery of sustainable river restoration but has extended into wider catchment management and ecosystem service repair. This ranged from (2000) commercial net buy outs in the Severn estuary, 350km of riparian habitat restoration; over 85 fish passes, the largest ever successful acid waters project in the UK and recently completed: a farm diffuse pollution project in the Wye catchment and establishment of the Wye Catchment partnership. Following retirement in 2016, he is now CEO of Afonydd Cymru, the river trusts of Wales’s umbrella trust. In 2011, he was honoured with an OBE for Services to the Environment. He lives in Powys with artist wife Seren on the banks of the Wye

Speaking at the following:

12:40
Questions & answers followed by panel discussion– Making today’s catchment management partnerships work for a resilient water sector tomorrow

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