The Authority is appointed with 21 members to oversee the running of its remit. Six Councillors are appointed by Northumberland County Council and one Councillor by North Tyneside Council. The MMO appoints eleven members who come from a range of backgrounds relating to the fishing and marine environmental sector. There is also one representative from each of the statutory bodies, the Environment Agency (EA), Natural England (NE) and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).
The contribution from the membership to the business of the Authority is essential to ensure the use of sea fisheries resources is carried out in a sustainable way and is balanced with the need to protect the marine environment. MMO appointed members give their time voluntarily.
Members contribute to the business of the Authority by attending meetings, reviewing documents (including policy, byelaws and finance) and partaking in discussions/voting on crucial issues regarding fisheries management and conservation in the district. The NIFCA would not be so successful without its membership and we are grateful for all of the contributions they give.
The full list of members can be viewed in the table below:
|Les Weller, Chair||MMO Appointed Member||Recreational Angler|
|Guy Renner-Thomson, Vice Chair||Northumberland County Councillor||Councillor|
|Frank Armstrong||MMO Appointed Member||Commercial, Recreational, Environment|
|Paul Dent||MMO Appointed Member||Commercial fisher|
|Amelia Henderson||MMO Appointed Member||Recreational|
|Martin Kitching||MMO Appointed Member||Marine Environment|
|Steve Lowe||MMO Appointed Member||Marine Environment|
|Pip Moore||MMO Appointed Member||Marine Environment|
|James Stephenson||MMO Appointed Member||Commercial fisher|
|Ian Thomas||MMO Appointed Member||Recreational|
|James Wood||MMO Appointed Member||Commercial, Recreational, Environment|
|Liz Dunn||Northumberland County Councillor||Councillor|
|Colin Hardy||Northumberland County Councillor||Councillor|
|Catherine Seymour||Northumberland County Councillor||Councillor|
|Martin Swinbank||Northumberland County Councillor||Councillor|
|Alex Wallace||Northumberland County Councillor||Councillor|
|Brian Burdis||North Tyneside Councillor||Councillor|
|Phil Rippon||Environment Agency Representative||Statutory body|
|Patrick Gray||Marine Management Org Representative||Statutory body|
|Catherine Scott||Natural England Representative||Statutory body|