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Meet the Team – Clay Shooting

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Dr Peter Marshall Head of Training and Education

Joining the BASC team in 2004 with a degree in Zoology and a PhD in Population biology, at Leicester University and Dundee University respectively, Peter initially worked in the Research Department before taking on the role of Director of Shooting Standards in 2007.

He is now responsible for setting the standards within shooting sports, training, coaching, education and introducing young people to shooting through BASC’s young shots programme. He has a great love of most forms of shooting, acquired whilst growing up in the Cambridgeshire fens, although he is particularly interested in wildfowling, rough shooting and fishing.

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Bill Harriman Director of Firearms

Bill Harriman is a nationally recognised expert in firearms, ballistics and related matters. Before joining BASC in 1991, he worked for 10 years for a firm of auctioneers specialising in arms, armour and militaria.

He is regularly seen on television as part of the team of experts on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow programme.

A former Territorial Army Officer with 18 years service, he is also a forensic scientist dealing with cases involving firearms, ammunition and other weapons. In 1999, he was elected to membership of the prestigious Academy of Experts and has been a member of the Forensic Science Society since 2003.


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Jane Hatton Training and Evaluation Officer

Jane’s primary responsibility is the BASC Shotgun Coach Award and our team of BASC Shotgun Coaches, organising training, assessment days, coaching lines and related events such as Safe Shot across the country. Jane is a qualified A1 assessor, trained in evaluation and she is also one of our few female BASC Accredited Shotgun Coaches.

Jane enjoys working her Large Munsterlander, shotgun shooting and shopping – not particularly in that order!

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David Ilsley Head of Marketing & Membership Services

David Ilsley is BASC’s Head of Marketing & Membership Services. His main shooting interests are airgunning and pigeon shooting, and also spends over 20 days a year beating on local shoots.

David has worked at BASC since 1995 and has been shooting for over 30 years.

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Donald Muir Events and Training Officer

Donald Muir is one of the most-recognised faces in shooting in Scotland, having been actively involved in wildfowling and all other forms of shooting even well before joining BASC Scotland as our first Development Officer over 10 years ago. In his current role Donald is responsible for all of our varied training delivery, including a wide range of Young Shots courses, all other events such as shows and fairs, as well as the representing BASC Scotland on all the Local Authority committees dealing with wildfowling permit schemes.

Donald is a native of Fife and is also a BASC Shotgun Coach, a Range Conducting Officer and a qualified assessor. His main interests are in wildfowling and deer stalking.

Address BASC Scottish Centre Trochry Dunkeld Tayside PH8 0DY
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Meurig Rees Country Officer – BASC Wales

Meurig Rees is the BASC Wales Country Officer.

A fluent Welsh speaker, Meurig was born and raised in Ceredigion, West Wales. From a farming background dating back to his grandparents, through to his late father who was a farm manager for a local estate and today with family still farming in the area, Meurig really has his roots firmly in the rural community.

After leaving Cardigan Secondary School, Meurig spent 11 years as a bricklayer and stonemason until he joined the MOD Fire Service. This provided an opportunity to spend time at many of the MOD establishments within Wales, England and Scotland and he remained within the MOD until joining BASC in April 2005.

Meurig has been involved in all aspects of shooting sports for over 35 years. He is currently a member of a local duck and pheasant syndicate and is an experienced clay target shooter, gaining numerous County and International honours and has served as an executive committee Member of the Welsh Clay Target Shooting Association and was the WCTSA county coordinator for Dyfed. As a member of the county team Meurig helped Dyfed to be the Welsh inter-county champions on many occasions. He was also team manager to the Welsh International Team for a number of years.
Having owned and trained spaniels most of his life, Meurig has just trained his first Labrador. Ceri has already been a great attraction at various BASC events in Wales during 2008 as part of the gundog display team and she has just finished her first season picking up at a number of local shoots.

Meurig’s real passion is providing a valuable fox control service to farmers in West Wales, with a rifle during both day and night time hours, and has accounted for thousands of foxes over the last 25 years.

Address BASC PO Box 55 Llandysul SA38 9WY
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Paul Williamson Head of Land Management

Paul joined BASC in 2009. Paul works closely with BASC affiliated clubs and members to identify opportunities for purchase and lease of land for shooting. He also assists clubs and members in maximising income from the land they own / occupy and other land management issues that arise.

Prior to joining BASC Paul has had sixteen years experience as a Rural and General Practice Chartered Surveyor. He has worked within the private sector for both owner occupier and tenant farmers. Scope of work has included: land & property sales, farm subsidies, environmental schemes, agricultural law, letting/ grazing agreements, compulsory purchase schemes, wayleaves & easements, valuations and livestock marketing.

Paul has been involved in shooting since the age of ten, predominately within North West Midlands. In the early years he carried a stick and now he enjoys both shooting and beating on a variety of walked and peg days.

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