James Carr, former Chairman of S&TA, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to conservation, education and the community. James, who was our Chairman between 2006 and 2012, oversaw S&TA’s move to charitable status in 2008. He became one of our first Trustees, taking the position of Chairman of the Trustees until his retirement from that position in 2012. He continued as a Trustee on the Board until 2015.
With James’s Chairmanship coinciding with our formative years as a charity, his contribution was particularly important during this time. He combined a businessman and accountant’s financial knowledge and experience with an unusually wide-ranging appreciation of the major fisheries issues that we addressed at the time. This came not only from his work with S&TA over many years on Council, Executive and issue committees, but also from his time spent as Chairman of the Environment Agency’s North West Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee, which allowed him a deep insight into the freshwater fisheries world.
James Carr’s financial acumen and fisheries knowledge have been invaluable to us over many years, and all of his work for us has, of course, been on a purely voluntary basis. We cannot think of a better way to mark his contribution than for him to receive a national Honour.