About Us

Our Aims

The River Waveney Trust is an environmental charity dedicated to improving and protecting the River Waveney, its tributaries and catchment, making it a better place for people and wildlife.

Proud to be part of the Rivers Trust movement, we are one of 60 local river trusts across the UK and Ireland.

We work in collaboration with a wide range of partners including government agencies and other organisations, individuals and local community groups with the aim of delivering a catchment based and integrated approach to managing the River Waveney and the surrounding land. Working in partnership is essential to enable us to deliver effective environmental projects in our river and its catchment.

Volunteers are essential to us, they run the charity on a day to day basis and carry out practical conservation work in the catchment. We have four local groups who meet regularly and manage sites along the river for all to enjoy. We also work in close partnership with the Scole Nature Trails Trust.

Our People

We are governed by a volunteer board of trustees:

Keith Lead
Keith is a retired civil engineer, having worked in flood risk management in the Environment Agency and predecessor bodies throughout his working life. He joined the original committee to offer his skills in project management of river maintenance and enhancement work, which has included 3 eel passes. He is one of the founding members of the RWT.

Rupert Bragg
Secretary & Treasurer
Rupert was a company director and senior executive in service-related industries for 35 years and retired in 2006. In addition to his role at the RWT, his voluntary sector experience includes roles as school governor, town councillor, Project Officer for a distributive Trust, Trustee of the Suffolk Environmental Trust, Secretary of the Lydia Eva & Mincarlo Charitable Trust and Financial Officer of the Othona Community.

Gordon Lascelles
Gordon has paddled on the Waveney for 20 years and taught kayaking, nature study and archaeology to youth groups. He is one of the founders of the RWT and helped restore and then run the Study Centre at Earsham. He is involved with the restoration and maintenance of some of the public access points to the river as well as the river itself.

Robin Twigge
Robin is the owner of the Swan Hotel in Harleston which is the the meeting venue for the RWT. His contribution, over the years, has been his commercial abilities for the benefit of the Trust. He is one of the founding members of the RWT.

Oliver Scott
Oliver is Farm Manager on the Thelveton Estate where he has worked for the last 4 years. He has been involved in farming all his life, working on several farms in the UK and Australia, before coming to Thelveton. He joined the RWT as a Trustee because he has an invested interest in the River Waveney as the land he manages surrounds the river and local catchments.

Louise Bond
Louise is currently a Company Director of a family farming business based in the Waveney valley. She has worked in the environmental sector for several years both in the private sector and for the government, having spent 14 years working for the Environment Agency.  She has experience in catchment management and has project managed several river and habitat restoration schemes.  

Gen Broad
Gen is an ecologist with over 30 years’ experience overseas and in the UK. She retired from Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service in 2020, but still works on conservation projects contributing writing, expedition and teaching experience. She lives in North Suffolk and volunteers her time as Secretary of Suffolk Naturalists’ Society and as an Eco-Schools assessor.

Our management team includes:

Martha Meek
Development Manager
Martha has worked in the environmental sector for many years for both NGOs and the government. She has specific experience in farming and catchment management and is currently leading the development of new projects for the RWT.

Our local group leaders can be found on each of the Local Groups pages.