Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Peter Barham


Peter has been part of WRT since shortly after its foundation and served as chair of the Trust and Welland Valley Partnership since 2011.  He runs his own environmental consultancy working in the river, coastal and marine environments with clients in both the public and private sector.

Chris French

Project Manager

Chris joined WRT in 2018 following the completion of an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Exeter, with a focus on natural flood management. He manages the day to day running of the Trust, including the delivery and development of projects, community engagement and administrative affairs.

David Harper

Honorary Secretary

David is a founding member of WRT and a freshwater biologist who has spent the majority of his career studying the Welland. He has developed methods for assessing the ecological and conservation value of rivers and turned these into a tool for implementing river restoration. He was involved heavily in the Market Harborough restoration and continues to work on project development with the Trust today.

Richard Spiers


Richard has been a trustee since 2016. He is currently secretary of the Guash Fishing Club which has a number of stretches of trout stream on the River Guash and the Welland. He and the club are active in conservation and restoration of these stretches as part of the Welland valley partnership as well as supporting WRT’s work in the wider catchment.

Richard Reynolds


Richard became a trustee in 2019, initially becoming involved with WRT through the Welland Valley Partnership. He works as a Senior Agronomy Advisor for Anglian Water working to develop and deliver catchment scale interventions to address diffuse pollution across the Anglian region.

Matt Bills


Matt became a Trustee in 2019. Although his background is in horticulture he has worked in strategic planning for Harborough District Council for a number of years. Matt is particularly interested in how communities can get involved with projects and his expertise can help ensure that Local Authorities take account of watercourse requirements in their policies and actions.

Robin Buck


Robin joined us in 2020. He has fished on the River Welland and River Guash for more than 50 years and farms vegetables, flowers and other crops near the mouth of the Welland at Fosdyke. He looks forward to using his experience to make a positive contribution to the Trust.

James Birch


James became a Trustee in 2020. He is a school master at Uppingham, where he is a Housemaster, teaches History and amongst other activities runs a Countryside Conservation group that encourages pupils to become involved in activities to support the local community and environment.

Tony Cook


Tony became a Trustee in 2020. He lives in the Welland Valley, a few miles from Market Harborough. Now retired, much of his career was spent teaching ecology and he still pursues his interests in wildlife, especially aquatic invertebrates. For the last few years he has been the national recorder for aquatic Heteroptera (water bugs). Tony hopes to assist with the Trust’s educational training projects and help record and monitor the aquatic invertebrates in the Welland catchment.