Who We Are
Rear Admiral Michael Gregory OBE
Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire
Sir Ian Botham OBE
Sir Ian Botham OBE is a former England Test cricketer and Test team captain, and current cricket commentator. He was a genuine all-rounder with 14 centuries and 383 wickets in Test cricket, and remains well-known by his nickname “Beefy”.
Although having earned celebrity status, his award of a knighthood was ostensibly in recognition of his services to charity.
Lady Elizabeth Kitson OBE
Lady Elizabeth as well as being a much admired and successful artist and sculptress is also the wife of one of Britains most senior soldiers. Although her husband has now retired, their many years of marriage has given her a unique insight into both the needs and personality of the British Soldier. She is a kind and generous supporter of our cause and we believe that we are very fortunate to have someone of her stature on board to support us.
Bernard Cribbins OBE
Celebrated author, and much loved actor, comedian and broadcaster. Bernard is an avid fly fisherman, as well as being a veteran himself. His enthusiastic support for the charity shames many who are much youger at least in years. We are proud to have him, his experience and zest for life on board.
Neville is the owner of Hall Davies Insurance Brokers and is a Director of Hall Davies Ltd, who are a firm of financial advisers. Neville has worked on behalf of other charities and is pleased to be able to bring his expertise to Fishing For Heroes. His fellow trustees hope to make him a fly fisherman too.
UK Sales and Marketing Director of the Husqvarna Group, Ken first met up with Fishing For Heroes at the CLA Game Fair in 2010, when Ken was the position of Sales and Marketing Director of Hardy, resulting in Hardys becoming a major supporter of the charity.
Chris was a police officer for 33 years and retired in 2008, since then he has added to his pension by starting an instructional business, giving fly tying lessons as well as supplying custom tied flies to his clients. Chris is chairman of the Surrey branch of the fly dressers guild and on the committee of the main guild. He is also a fanatical fisherman spending around 100 days a year on the water both at home and abroad. Chris has been tying flies for about 20 years now, first getting serious about it when he was asked to tie 48 dozen Black Bear salmon doubles for Fulling Mill to complete a rush order. Since then he has tied at shows in Holland, Sweden,Germany, Italy, Denmark, the United States and of course the British Fly fair. This last show brought him into contact with the charity and he has supported us ever since, becoming a trustee in 2011.
As well being our main instructor, Tom was a co-founder of Fishing for Heroes and an inspiration to everyone he came in contact with and his unfaltering commitment to Fishing For Heroes was clear to everyone he met. Tom had been helping military veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress on a voluntary basis for some time before an opportune meeting at the CLA game fair which ultimately resulted in the birth of Fishing for Heroes.
His 16 years experience working in mental health and his phenomenal knowledge and skills in fly fishing made a unique combination and a perfect person to deliver courses for Fishing for Heroes. He almost took pride in being affectionately referred to as the ‘Grumpy Old Man’, but behind that facade was a man that was one of the most caring people you would ever come across. His ability to connect with both the veterans and serving personnel who came through Fishing for Heroes, to understand, to teach, to help and support each and every one of them was a skill to which few could aspire; but in his case, it was Tom just being Tom.
To Tom failure was never an option, he always put his heart and soul into the work he did with Fishing for Heroes. At times some people around him believed that he gave too much of himself but to Tom being there for people when they were in a bad place or just wanted a chat was a big part of what it was all about.
Tom was a man who cared and a man who made a difference. He will be sorely missed by all those who he taught and helped and those whose lives he touched.