The BASC Council

Meet our Council

BASC is governed by an elected Council and any full member of the association can be nominated, and if selected will serve for five years, for a maximum of two terms.

Eoghan Cameron

Eoghan Cameron

Chairman
Elected 2017
Scotland seat (Angus)

Eoghan lives in rural Angus and is dedicated to protecting and promoting sustainable shooting for generations to come. He has participated in field sports since childhood and his passions are deer stalking, all forms of driven and walked-up game shooting, as well as casting the odd fly. A BASC member of 24 years, he is also a trustee of SYCET and WHCT.

Claire-Sadler

Claire Sadler

Vice chair
Elected 2018
National seat (London)

Claire is a keen game shot and deer stalker. She also enjoys clay shooting, air rifles, working her dogs and fishing. Claire is a passionate advocate for fieldsports and works to encourage more women and young people into the outdoors. Claire is Head of Legal for a technology company and has a background in FCA and contentious matters. Claire is also on the judging panel for the Purdey Conservation Awards.

Lord Geoffrey Dear

Lord Geoffrey Dear

President

 

As a retired police officer, a former chief constable and a member of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Lord Dear has been a BASC member for 39 years. He was elected president of the association in 2017. He lists country sports as a recreation and is a keen Shot who has previously supported the charitable work of the BASC Wildlife Fund.

Oliver McCullough

Oliver McCullough

Elected 2015
Northern Ireland seat (County Down)

Oliver has been a member of BASC/WAGBI for 51 years. He is a keen wildfowler and woodcock shooter. He has been a committee member of the Comber Wildfowlers for the past 18 years and is also the club’s representative on the joint council on Strangford Lough. He has chaired BASC’s Executive and Finance Committee and led in the governance review of the association.

Ann Mortimer

Professor Ann Mortimer

Elected 2015
National seat (Yorkshire)

Ann enjoys air rifle, shotgun and rifle shooting. She is a member of a ladies-only roving syndicate and a regular deer stalker. As a psychiatrist with 42 years’ experience, she teaches junior doctors and firearms enquiry officers about mental health and firearms issues.

Al Gabriel

Al Gabriel

Elected 2020
National seat (Northumberland)

Al is a molecular biologist with a background in ecology and genetics. He is a keen deer stalker and a freelance writer for shooting magazines. Al has a strong interest in promoting diversity in shooting and public understanding of country sports.

Aidan Dryden

Aidan Dryden

Elected 2024
National seat (Worcestershire)

Aidan is a scientist, veterinary advisor, civil servant and a health and safety representative. He brings with him his experience in the workings of industry and government to BASC’s benefit. He is also a passionate wildfowler, rough shooter and advocate for cooking and eating game.

John Furbisher

Elected 2023
National seat (Yorkshire)

John was a Sunday Times staff reporter, Yorkshire Post deputy editor, editor of two regional daily newspapers and worked in Brussels as head of media for British MEPs before forming his own consultancy. He enjoys a round of clays, driven and walked-up game days, shooting for gundog trials and the occasional stalking trip. He also undertake pest control duties on local farms. 

Robin Marshall-Ball

Robin Marshall-Ball

Elected 2016
England seat (Wiltshire)

Robin was a secondary school teacher for 27 years. He has also worked in the food industry and as BASC’s conservation officer in south-west England. He is now retired and conducts game cookery demonstrations at events. Robin has written many articles for shooting magazines. He has published seven books on shooting-related matters.

Chris Barker

Chris Barker

Elected 2021
National Seat (Lincolnshire)

Chris has been shooting for 45 years and a member of BASC for 35 years. He is secretary of the Fenland Wildfowlers, is chair of BASC’s E&F committee and also chair of BASC’s wildfowl liaison committee. Semi-retired, Chris lives with his wife and their four dogs on a smallholding near Horncastle where they raise their own rare-breed pork and have a flock of Herdwick sheep.

John Harlow

John Harlow

Elected 2022
National seat (Lincolnshire)

A passionate wildfowler, John also picks up on his local farm shoot and loves training his dogs. Now retired, he served in the Metropolitan Police for 30 years, progressing to the rank of chief inspector for the last ten years of his career.

Richard Williams

Richard Garner Williams

Elected 2022
Wales seat (Cardiff)

Richard’s shooting interests mainly centre around deer management, with a bit of walked-up game shooting thrown into the mix. He is also a committed angler and passionate about defending shooting sports from those who wish to see an end to them.

Gareth Wilson

Gareth Wilson

Elected 2024
National Seat (Suffolk)

Gareth Wilson retired from his role as Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary in 2019, having served 30 years in the police. He has significant experience of dealing with civil servants and cross-party politicians. Away from his professional experience, Gareth is a keen shot and lover of a range of country pursuits.

BASC committees

Chairman
Chris Barker (BASC Council member)

Members
Ann Mortimer (BASC Council member)
Richard Garner Williams (BASC Council member)
Robin Marshall-Ball (BASC Council member)
John Harlow (BASC Council member)

Ex-Officio members
Ian Bell (Chief Executive)
Angela Davies (Executive Director of Business Management)
Eoghan Cameron (BASC Chairman)
Claire Sadler (BASC Vice Chair)

Minute secretary
Sandra Forkin

Chair

Robin Marshall-Ball (BASC Council member)

Vice Chair

Gareth Dockerty (Deputy Director Shooting and Operations)

Members

Sean Adamson (South West England)

Robert Lock (South East England)

Rob Minty (East)

Charlie Parkes (Central England)

Martin Price (Central England)

Chris Salisbury (Southwest)

Carl Woodall (Central)

Chair

Oliver McCullough (BASC Council member)

Vice Chair

Tommy Mayne (Director, Northern Ireland)

Members

Rosemary Fleming

John Hetherington

Biff Keenan

Lionel Knobbs

Davy McBride

Alan Morrow

Theo Nugent

Chair

Eoghan Cameron (BASC Council member)

Vice Chair

Peter Clark (Director, Scotland)

Members

Graeme Dalby

Mike Hardy

Mike Holliday

Luise Janniche

Scott Mackenzie

Alan Marshall

Calvert McKibbin

Mark McKinney

David Stewart

Alisdair Troup

Barbara Marshall

Ellie Louise Sinclair

Chair

Dr Al Gabriel (BASC Council member)

Vice Chair

Martin Edwards (Head of Deer Management),

Members

Richard Garner Williams (BASC Council member)

John Hetherington

Sam Thompson

John Thornley OBE

Carl Woodall

Chair

Chris Barker (BASC Council member)

Vice Chair

James Green (Head of Wildfowl and Wetlands)

Members

Ryan Adamson

Terry Behan (BASC staff member – communication and member liaison)

Peter Catling

George Downing

Graham Downing

Matt Dutton (BASC staff member – inland duck shooting and fed flight ponds)

Ian Coghill (Co-opted BASC Council member)

Glynn Cook

John Harlow (BASC Council member)

Dr Mat Holloway

JP Humberstone

Craig Jenkinson

Brian Johnson

Allan MacDonald

Robin Marshall-Ball (BASC Council member)

Allen Musselwhite

Terry Neill

Peter Nichols

Richard Playle

Mike Sherman

William Wykes

Chairman
Robin Marshall-Ball

Vice-Chair
Gareth Dockerty

Members
Claire Sadler
Ian Bell
Christopher Graffius
Chelsea Bubb
Ian Grindy
Sandra Forkin