Laurence Couldrick



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Laurence is the CEO for the Westcountry Rivers Trust responsible for developing funding, coordinating policy and managing four delivery teams that work on both charitable grants and commercial services. Laurence has developed and managed several multi-million pound catchment-based projects, including the development of all the Trust’s Payments for Ecosystem Service (PES) projects. Laurence’s specialisms include developing and consulting on the practicalities of PES schemes, assessing ecosystem services provision and environmental surveying as well as extensive experience monitoring freshwater habitats, lecturing on water resource management and carrying out catchment research through his work with research institutes.

Laurence has also bid successfully for local, national and international funds to help carry out and manage several important environmental regeneration projects. He also has 8 years on the ground experience working with farmers to help change their management techniques. Coupled with this, Laurence has experience designing educational tools and interpretation strategies, which has developed out of his background in teaching secondary school science

  • Developing, maintaining and strengthening partnerships with a wide range of bodies ranging from government agencies in the UK and EU to utility companies, farmers, fisheries associations, community groups and other charities;
  • Running projects and working with people in the major Westcountry rivers including the Fal (WEPES), Camel (Invasive weeds), Fowey (UST), Tamar (UST and Tamar Pilot), Taw (TRIP), Exe and Axe (WATER), Otter (UST);
  • Developing and implement Trust strategy with the senior management team and through project development;
  • Promoting the Trust’s work, brand and ethos regionally, nationally and internationally through presenting at conferences and workshops to inform the general public or influence policy development;
  • Establishing catchment management project structures (Upstream Thinking) that deliver consistently excellent achievements that lead the sector and improve the recruitment and retaining of high-quality staff;
  • Developing and commenting on the major strategies and funding routes under development including the EU funding guided by Local Enterprise Partnerships and EU secretariats and future water company funding;
  • Building and selling future payment for ecosystem services schemes both regionally and nationally;
  • Running wider principal projects such as the WATER project, which improved long-term relations with funding bodies such as the Water Company;

Health and safety (IOSH) procedures as well as Construction Design and Management regulations and Contract procedures gained through attending nationally approved courses;

Specialist environmental knowledge including experience of river surveying, monitoring, agricultural advice, lecturing in catchment management.

Career Experience


Chief Executive Officer 

Westcountry Rivers Trust


Non-Executive Director

The Rivers Trust


Board Member (Conservation)

SW Regional Flood & Coastal Committee


Board Member

Cornwall Local Nature Partnership


Various Senior Roles

Westcountry Rivers Trust

Education & Qualifications


PhD in Biometrics 

University of Leeds


PGCE in Biology

University of Bangor


BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences 

University of Exeter

Laurence’s Project Portfolio

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Taylor, A., Blake, W.H., Couldrick, L. and Keith-Roach, M.J., 2012. Sorption behaviour of beryllium-7 and implications for its use as a sediment tracer. Geoderma, 187, pp.16-23. – VIEW ONLINE

Everard, M., Dick, J., Kendall, H., Smith, R., Slee, B., Couldrick, L., Scott, M. and McDonald, C., 2014. Improving coherence of ecosystem service provision between scales. Ecosystem Services, 9, pp.66-74.

Cook, H., Benson, D. and Couldrick, L., 2016. Partnering for bioregionalism in England: a case study of the Westcountry Rivers Trust. Ecology and Society21(2).

Burns, E.E., Comber, S., Blake, W., Goddard, R. and Couldrick, L., 2015. Determining riverine sediment storage mechanisms of biologically reactive phosphorus in situ using DGT. Environmental Science and Pollution Research22(13), pp.9816-9828.

Millward, G.E., Blake, W.H., Little, R. and Couldrick, L., 2012, April. Uranium and Its Decay Products in Floodplain Sediments from the River Fal. In EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 14, p. 7236).

Couldrick, L. and Smith, L., 2014. Catchment partnerships–better planning for our rivers and landscapes.

Morris, L. and Couldrick, L., 2014. Channel Catchments Cluster: Atlas.

Cook, H., Couldrick, L. and Smith, L., 2017. An assessment of intermediary roles in payments for ecosystem services schemes in the context of catchment management: An example from South West England. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management19(01), p.1750003.

Taylor, A., Blake, W.H., Keith-Roach, M.J. and Couldrick, L., 2010, May. The environmental behaviour of beryllium-7; implications for its use as a soil erosion tracer. In EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 12, p. 13878).

Maybury, W.J., Rayner, J.M.V. and Couldrick, L.B., 2001. Lift generation by the avian tail. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences268(1475), pp.1443-1448.