Authority members

Authority Members

Eastern IFCA is a statutory committee which meets quarterly, to receive reports from the Authority’s officers, take decisions on fisheries and conservation management, and to direct officers to conduct work on its behalf to discharge its duties. Eastern IFCA is primarily funded by its three constituent County Councils (Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk) and it also receives some funding from Defra.


How to become a member

The MMO operates a rolling campaign for the recruitment of IFCA General Members. Applications are open to all interested candidates throughout the year. Applications are also accepted from both current and former IFCA general members who are nearing the end of their ten-year term or those who have left having already served a ten-year term. Applications will be considered in a fair and open competitive process and appointed on merit to ensure a fair balance of sector representation.

For more information on the role of the IFCA general member and how to apply please visit:–2


Current members

The Authority’s 21 Members comprise: 7 County Councillors from across the constituent Councils; 1 representative each from the MMO, Natural England, and the Environment Agency; 11 individuals appointed by the MMO for their expertise and knowledge of various marine sectors.

To read more about our members please click their name to read the profiles that each member has provided.


Cllr Timothy AdamsNorfolk County Council
Cllr Edward BackSuffolk County Council
Mr Shane BagleyMMO Appointee
Mr Ian BowellMMO Appointee
Cllr Michael Chenery of HorsbrughNorfolk County Councillor
Mr Kieran CopelandMMO Appointee
Cllr Peter CouplandLincolnshire County Council
Mr John DaviesMMO Appointee
Mr Lee DoughtyMMO Appointee
Cllr Tom FitzPatrick(Chair)Norfolk County Council
Mr Paul GarnettMMO Appointee
Mr Paul GillilandMMO Appointee
Mr Tony GoldsonMMO Appointee
Mr Ian HirstEnvironment Agency Representative
Ms Jen LoveNatural England Representative
Mr Leslie MogfordMMO Appointee
Mr Justin RowleyMMO Representative
Cllr Paul SkinnerLincolnshire County Councillor
Ms Inge SmithMMO Appointee
Cllr Melanie Vigo di Gallidoro (Vice Chair)Suffolk County Council
Mr Steven WilliamsonMMO Appointee




Last updated: 17/05/2022

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