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Meet the Team – Gundogs

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Kate Dymock Gundog Officer

Born and bred in North Lancashire Kate was introduced at a young age to beating on a pheasant shoot by her Dad and soon became interested in different aspects of shooting.

After completing her A levels Kate studied a Countryside Management degree at Harper Adams University. During this time Kate developed a keen interest in wildlife conservation and decided to undertake a 6 month work experience post at BASC head office after completing her degree.

Kate has more recently become interested in clay pigeon shooting and also enjoys photography in her spare time.

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Glynn Evans Head of game and gundog department

Glynn is head of game and deer management. Before coming to BASC he was a fulltime keeper for over 25 years working on estates in Gloucestershire and Norfolk including over 20 years on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. He has an active interest in all types of shooting and deer stalking and especially likes working with gundogs.  He has a lifelong interest in training, working and competing with gundogs as well as running and judging both spaniels and retrievers in tests and trials.

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Alex Farrell Game & Gamekeeping Officer

Alex grew up in a semi-rural area where, from a young age, he took an interest in the countryside before becoming involved in field sports. This was initially through family and then by working with a gamekeeper and local pest controller.

Alex completed a degree in Countryside, Conservation and Recreation Management as he was keen to work in the shooting and countryside industry. During his time at college he tailored his studies around issues related to gamekeeping and shooting.

Alex has a keen interest in all types of shooting sports being especially rough shooting and pest control. He is also keen on gundog training and generally being outdoors and enjoying the countryside with his family.

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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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Murray Woodward Game and Gamekeeping Officer

Murray Woodward joined the Game and Deer team in March 2018 as a Game and Gamekeeping Officer. Murray who grew up on a farm in Staffordshire has enjoyed shooting from an early age. He has previously been a gamekeeper, worked for the Canals and Rivers trust and most recently has been managing a large poultry rearing operation. Murray is looking forward to meeting members at shows and events in the coming months and can be contacted via the game and deer team.

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Julia Birchall-Mann Operations Coordinator South West

Address Unit 1D/E Dulford Business Park Broad Road Dulford Cullompton Devon EX15 2DY
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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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Kate Ives Head of Research

Kate has over seven years’ experience of managing scientific research projects, including four years leading on social science research projects and surveys for BASC. She conducts market intelligence research, provides data (e.g. for infographics) and produces white papers and policy briefings for BASC. Kate has particular interest and expertise in the application of social science principles and research in wildlife and environment management. She holds an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Conservation, during which she worked with BASC’s conservation team to research the benefits of shooting to local biodiversity. While working for BASC she completed a Masters degree in Conservation Biology (by Research), developing a framework for assessing the basis on which management decisions are focused for human-wildlife conflict species. Kate is shoot secretary and photographer for her Dad’s shoot near Macclesfield. She is a keen shooter.

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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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