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Meet the Team – BASC Central England

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Lewis Thornley Regional Director – Central

Lewis joined the BASC Central England team as a Regional Officer in February 2015 following 3½ years as the Deer Officer based at the association’s Head Office. In 2017 he became the Regional Director.

Before joining BASC, Lewis completed a Game and Wildlife Management Diploma at Sparsholt College Hampshire and has also worked for the Forestry Commission as a Wildlife Ranger.

Lewis was born and bred in rural Derbyshire and was introduced to country sports at an early age by his father. He has been actively involved in a wide range of shooting disciplines ever since. He is an experienced deer manager and also has a keen interest in game shooting, pigeon shooting and working both gundogs and dogs for deer.

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Louise Farmer Regional Officer – Central

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Matt Dutton Regional Officer – Central

Matt grew up in a large town and started off his shooting career with ferreting and rough shooting, whilst learning the field craft of the sport Matt found a great appreciation for other country sports and the people they involve.

Matt has held gamekeeping and forestry management roles, and for the past 4 years before joining BASC Matt was the head keeper and gamekeeping lecturer at the same college he graduated from 15 years earlier.

Running a shoot, not only from the keeper’s point of view but from that of the shoot manager’s has given Matt a good knowledge of all aspects of the role from organising shoot days, bird rearing, woodland management, dogging in to health and safety.

Matt is passionate about shooting sports and countryside management and is keen to introduce and educate newcomers to gamekeeping and shooting sports.

He is a keen enthusiast in all shooting and hunting sports whether it is deer stalking, game shooting, wildfowling, fishing, ferreting or beating.

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Rachel Croxall Operations Co-ordinator

Rachel Is the Regional Administrator for BASC Central England and has a degree in Geography from the University of Plymouth and specialised in Rural Studies and in particular the future and sustainability of farming. She did her fieldwork in farming, sustainability and the environment in Borneo looking at the palm oil industry and its implication for the native rainforest. As well as her interests in conservation and sustainability she is a regular clay pigeon shooter and enjoys camping and fishing as well as helping organise charity events in her spare time.

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Terry Behan Regional Officer – Eastern England

Terry joined the BASC Eastern England team as a Regional Officer in November 2018.   Terry has been undertaking duties on game shoots from an early age due to being the son of a game keeper. He has been actively involved in a wide range of shooting disciplines ever since.  He is an experienced Estate Manager and also has a keen interest in wildfowling, pigeon shooting and rough shooting over his English Springer Spaniel.  Terry is a BASC Shotgun Safety Assessor and Airgun instructor.

His main areas of responsibility include Essex, Suffolk and South Cambs.

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Kerry Ellis Regional Officer – Eastern England

Kerry has previously worked at Natural England, studied game and wildlife management at Sparsholt College and achieved a degree in Wildlife management, ecology and conservation. Kerry was born and bred in Norfolk and introduced to country sports from a young age by her father, she is an active member of her local shooting community ranging from beating, clay shooting, working dogs and deer stalking. She is a regular visitor to the BASC’S Isle of Arran stalking scheme. Kerry joined BASC in November 2018 as a Regional Officer covering Norfolk, Lincolnshire and north Cambridgeshire she is looking forward to supporting members, encouraging and introducing other to shooting and providing activities in the area.

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