The meeting of the Angling Trust with the so-called ‘Magnifcent Seven’ top-flight anglers has been hailed a resounding success, with John Wilson tasked with selecting an advisory panel to help take the sport’s new governing body forward.
John, with Korda boss Danny Fairbrass, Angling Times’ Keith Arthur and Martin Bowler, Ruth Lockwood, John Everard and Tim Norman, met members of the Trust’s board and its chief executive Mark Lloyd to discuss plans to boost the body’s appeal to the nation’s anglers.
The Trust agreed to plans for John to put together a 15-strong advisory panel made up of experienced people from within the sport who could represent coarse, sea and game anglers, fisheries, clubs and the tackle trade.
The Trust accepted its current business plan was flawed, that it needed to be more transparent and accountable and that an advisory panel was the best way to make the Trust more representative.
“There’s a long way to go,” TV legend John told Angling Times. “We need to choose the right people for the job. I’m going to approach those who will make up the most balanced advisory panel possible... people who best understand anglers.
“Numerous individuals, organisations and businesses have already contacted me offering their help and support. I’m convinced that together we can still make the Angling rust work for the benefit of the sport as a whole,” he added.
So far the Trust has had t cut its costs after initial membership recruitment fell short of expectation, although the numbers joining have increased lately.
“Membership recruitment has risen markedly in recent days and we hope this will continue so that the organisation can establish the membership base it needs to have a powerful political voice to protect, promote and defend angling,” said Trust chairman Dr Stephen Marsh-Smith.
“The Board is grateful to all these individuals for offering their time entirely free of charge, and to the many offers of support we have received from the trade to help promote the Angling Trust to wider audience.
“We hope that this advisory panel will attract other anglers whose knowledge, experience and influence can help the Trust grow,” he added