The AIFCA Team
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 - Les Weller
Les is a retired London Police Officer now living in North Northumberland and has had an interest for all forms of recreational angling since the age of 5, in particular within the sea and a passion for conservation within the marine environment. Les was fully engaged in all iterations of "Net Gain" helping form the Marine Conservations Zones for the North East. He is a qualified Sport England angling coach and the secretary of several angling clubs, a member of the Angling Trust running the Northumberland marine division. An active supporter and fund raiser for several local charities, Forward assist and Northumberland Mountain Rescue Team.
He joined Northumberland Sea Fisheries Committee in 2008 and successfully applied for Northumberland IFCA in 2010 and has served as Vice and Chairman and is currently Vice Chair for the Association of IFCA.
Chief Officer - Robert Clark
Robert Clark, BSc. (Hons.), M.Sc., MBA., MIFM is the AIFCAs Chief Officer. Robert joined the AIFCA from the Southern IFCA, where he was Chief Executive Officer. Robert has over 20 years experience in inshore fisheries management and has held a number of other senior leadership roles within IFCAs, including as Chief Officer at Southern IFCA (2013 to 2020), Chairman of the IFCA Chief Officers Group, Chairman of the IFCA Technical Advisory Group, and was also an Acting Chief Officer. Previously he has worked at sea in fisheries compliance & enforcement as well as a fisheries scientist.
He has published works on fisheries policy and marine protected area management. He has served on inshore and offshore lifeboats for the RNLI. More recently he led the development of the largest aquaculture production area in England and the management of the Poole Harbour Clam and Cockle fishery; which was awarded the MSC Innovation Award and the Fishing News Sustainability Award.
National Lead Training Officer - Stevie Travis
Stevie brings with him a wealth of training knowledge and links to the fishing industry. He enjoyed a 20-year career with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and has also worked as a commercial fisherman. Over the past few years, he has delivered many safety courses to fishers from all over the UK and Ireland as a Trainer at Whitby Fishing School, including elements to students on the Diploma in Sea Fishing course. He joins AIFCA from the Seafish Training Team, where he was employed as a Fisherman’s Training Advisor.