Stephen is a founder member of the Foundation taking the chair in 1996 and later its first CEO. He has been responsible for the development of the trust from its embryonic start. This included developing bids to the EU, fundraising and engaging staff, many of whom are still with us today. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to the environment and conservation of the Wye and Usk. He is a keen fisherman, former angling international and Wye fishery owner.