Former editor of UK’s Angling Times takes on new role at Angling Trust
Steve Fitzpatrick, former editor of weekly newspaper Angling Times, has joined the UK’s Angling Trust as Head of Competitions.
The Trust, the representative body for anglers in England and Wales, made the announcement last week, with CEO Jamie Cook saying: “Steve is the right person to take our competitions across sea, game and coarse to the next level.”
Fitzpatrick had a 25-year career with the angling portfolio at Bauer Media (formerly known as EMAP). He was the longest-serving member of staff at Angling Times, rising to Editor, and was most recently Editor-in-Chief of the company’s angling titles. He also has experience of running a tackle shop while studying at the University of Liverpool.
In his new role he will lead the strategy and development of competitions and play a leading role in driving the success of England teams on the World and European stages.
“My most enjoyable role on Angling Times was as the title’s Match Editor, which saw me covering events from small club matches to National Championships and World Championships, travelling all over Europe with the England teams,” he said.
Fitzpatrick also launched and ran the Clubman Supercup and Maver Pairs events and was involved in organising the Angling Times Team Championships (Winter League) for many years.
“I’m looking forward to delivering competitions for every level of match angler from grassroots right up to the elite levels,” he added. “I’ll be working hard with all the England teams and managers to ensure we not only bring home gold medals, but also host a world event on English soil within the next few years.”