The date today is 13-01-11

Meet the team


Steve Bastiman – Communications Director

I started sea fishing around 50 years ago but pressure of family and work meant I got few chances to go during the 80s and 90s. What I came back to in 2000 when I was able to go on a more regular basis convinced me something needed to be done. It was either sit on the sidelines and complain or get involved.


Ian Burrett – Project Director

I have been sea angling for over forty years and have seen the stocks diminish year upon year. I am involved in SSACN because I would like my grandchildren and their children to have the same opportunities that I have been fortunate to enjoy.

Denis Kelly - Secretary
I am often described as a lucky angler – and I agree – I’d been fishing for 50 years with limited success but great enjoyment but since becoming involved with SSACN and meeting some of the best anglers in Scotland, I have caught and returned all my personal bests .

SSACN has opened up a new world to me, how the political machine grinds ever so slowly in regard to our sport, and the opportunities we have to increase both political and public awareness of the needs of anglers both today and in the future.

willie Willie Kennedy - Events

I fished for many years in international shore teams winning gold at both home nations and world championship levels; I am currently the chairman of Ayr SAC and love boat fishing. 

Getting involved with SSACN was a no brainer - I had witnessed first hand the pillaging of our inshore waters for many years and when I heard that some guys had formed a conservation group I attended a meeting and liked what I saw - the rest as they say is history. I believe SSACN has done a fantastic job with the limited resources the group has …… more can always be done and I ask everyone who cares passionately about our sport and has some spare time to get involved.

Stuart Cresswell - Events

I got involved with SSACN because I believe their vision offers a better future for our sport. Proper fisheries management, conservation and the rebuilding of our inshore fish stocks are absolutely essential if future generations are to enjoy sea angling. 

I saw at first hand the decimation of the demersal fish stocks on both the Clyde and the Solway to the extent that we were left with virtually nothing. Recent trends however indicate a few green shoots of recovery in which case I believe the time has come to make our voices heard. The arguments put forward by SSACN are both sensible and credible and I believe that by working with other conservation minded NGO’s we can start to win the argument for better stewardship of our seas.


David McNair - Education

David is an angler with over 30 years experience in sea angling including shore, boat and small boat. David has targeted many of the species that frequent the Scottish coastline.

David has also been at the forefront in developing angling opportunities and has been at the forefront of angling coaching in Scotland working on the UKCC source group.

His overall angling skills, and general angling knowledge, backed up with significant coaching experience have given him the skills necessary to help drive our educational programmes.


 Jamie Soons - Marketing

Been fishing as far back as I can remember, love of the sea and what swim’s in it is a big thing for me! although in recent years not so many things swimming in it anymore! - so doing my bit to help the cause.

Been in Graphics now since leaving school, worked in London for Design Agency as Studio Manager, returned home to Troon and now in a self
employed roll… happy to supply quality artwork for the SSACN’s various conservation events! [SSACN] And we are very grateful.


There’s a few more to come yet so pop back occasionally.

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