The AIFCA Team

Stephen Bolt



Dr Stephen Bolt

Chief Executive Officer 

Dr Stephen Bolt MCIWEM, MIOB was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) in September 2011.

Stephen has a wide ranging environmental background, with an academic foundation in Marine Biology including expertise in crustacean ecology and physiology and marine conservation. He has published over 35 scientific papers and worked internationally on ecologically sensitive areas including working under the Canadian arctic ice.  He also has particular expertise in sustainability and water related legislation. He has held senior roles in the Water Industry including being Head of Environmental Standards before moving into commercial Environmental Consultancies as Business Manager for Integrated Water and Environmental Management and subsequently Regional Managing Director.

Stephen is a Marine Management Organisation appointee on the Eastern IFCA Committee and is deeply committed to Marine Conservation and Fisheries.

   Chairman - Tony Tomlinson MBE

Tony is a retired skipper/owner of trawlers fishing around Cornwall for more than 30 years.  Awarded an MBE for services to the industry in 2006, he has been Chair of Cornwall IFCA since late 2010.  Currently Chair of the Association of IFCAs, Chair of Cornwall FLAG and Deputy Chair of Falmouth Harbour Commsrs.


    Vice Chairman - John Humphreys

John Humphreys is a professor of marine biology with a particular interest in the ecology, economics and policy relating to molluscan non-native shellfishery species.  After 10 years as a University Pro Vice - Chancellor in London he moved to Poole, Dorset, where he operates an MCA category 4 commercial workboat for scientific sampling & survey and is Chair of the Southern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority.  He is a visiting professor at Portsmouth's Insitute of Marine Science and Fellow of hte Royal Society of Biology.

Sally Standring 

Administration and Finance Officer

Joined IFCA on 3rd May 2016 following a career in media, construction and the local brewery.