Meet the team


Matthew Schofield
Chairman (Trustee) & Director (Volunteer)
Matthew's background is in the aquatic sciences, consisting of freshwater chemistry, freshwater biology, hydro-geomorphology and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Matthew started the Irwell Rivers Trust from seed in 2009 with four other Trustees, and has worked as a full time volunteer on all aspects of the Trusts work ever since, from sourcing stationary to overseeing project delivery. Matthew lives in Bury with his girlfriend, and enjoys fishing and walking in his spare time.
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Ceri Katz
Rural projects manager
Ceri grew up on her families hill farm in north Wales, starting her interest in agriculture and conservation. She further developed her skills by completing a Masters in Conservation and Land Management at Bangor University. Ceri is the first member of staff ever to be employed by the IRT, joining us in 2013 as our Rural Projects Manager. Ceri specialises in rural diffuse pollution reduction, consisting of lots of engagement and awareness raising work, delivering training, and managing the physical delivery of solutions. Ceri lives in the Aire valley with her husband and in her spare time she is an avid rock climber and crafter.
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Karon Goodman
Karon has held a number of jobs ranging from retail to administration to training. Today Karon is CEO of a private sector training provider based in Middleton, and is working to develop environmental education opportunities with the Trust for our growing volunteer base in her spare time. Karon has a keen interest in the development of people and raising awareness as well as planning and developing information to help others. Karon has lived in Bury in the centre of the Irwell catchment all of her life and although she enjoys travelling, she says there is nowhere quite like home!
Dr George Heritage
George has worked with rivers for over 25 years. After completing his PhD in stable channel design and a spell in academia in the UK and South Africa he realised that rivers prefer to be unstable and now works as an environmental consultant championing river naturalisation. George has a great interest in nature and delights in understanding the world around him both at work and at play. A Londoner by birth, George now lives in Liverpool with his partner and two children but the accent remains. He has a wander lust and travels at every opportunity, offsetting his carbon footprint of course.
Ian Scholes-Higham
Ian has held leadership roles across the private, public and third sectors. After a varied career of some 20+ years as a motor mechanic, club steward and self-employed builder, Ian now enjoys semi-retirement to help bring up his children while pursuing interests in voluntary and charitable work. Ian is married, has three children and a granddaughter, and lives in Horwich on the edge of the West Pennine Moors. He enjoys fishing, walking and volunteering.
Andrew Soulsby
Andrew is a Wastewater Process Scientist in his day to day job, responsible for maintaining compliance with environmental and regulatory consents. He is responsible for the effective and efficient operability of Wastewater Treatment Works and Sludge Treatment Centres. Andrew lived in Newcastle and the Lake District prior to attending The University of Salford. Here he gained an Aquatic Sciences Degree which refined his enthusiasm for environmental impact and ecology. Andrew regularly takes pleasure in being outdoors, incorporating his interest in Photography with discovering more of his local countryside. When time allows, he also enjoys Climbing, Bouldering and Mountain Biking.