The AIFCA Team
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 - 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.
Administration and Finance Officer
Joined IFCA on 3rd May 2016 following a career in media, construction and the local brewery.