Patrick Darling DL is a former Chairman of the Wye Salmon Fishery Owners Association, taking up the role for a second time after completing two years as High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 2015. He was a member of the Fisheries Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee Wales for 10 years and chaired the Wye Local Fisheries Group for 8 years.

Before that, he served as an officer from 1981-1998 in the British Army (15th/19th Hussars). He is currently President of the Ross Angling Club and Chairman of the Wye Preservation Trust. He farms and owns a beat on the Wye North of Ross-on-Wye and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire.