The HOW Team

There is not another organisation that provides the type of experience and therapy we do. The program is unique in that it is a long-term activity, not a one-time event; basic program resources are plentiful and inexpensive (fishing, kayaks, and water); simplicity of the program allows for replication; there is ease of participation and adaptation to special needs; and our approach is not "we want to help you" but rather engaging participants equally in the activity, respecting their privacy, while building trust.

Dave Taylor - Treasurer

Dave Taylor - Treasurer

David is not a fisherman or a kayaker but he can add up having studied Chemistry and Maths at Birmingham University. He graduated with honours in Chemistry and was captain of the table tennis team as well as a dab hand with a sabre, foil or epee. Working in International Business for over 30 years he has travelled to most points of the compass and speaks French following a spell running a company in the South of France. Married with two sons he plays tennis and is on the governing council of Weston Favell Academy in Northampton. David takes on the unglamorous roles of Treasurer and keeps all us anglers focused on the necessary but dull administration side of the charity. We call him "Dad".


Ed Gibson - Founder & Trustee

Ed Gibson - Trustee

Ed Gibson, is the Founder and Chairman of South Wales Kayak Anglers, the only official kayak angling club in the UK. An experienced kayak angler with many years experience and a history of fishing from boat angling to commercial fishing. Ed has that rare ability to get things done and loves turning his hand to anything that is a challenge.


Martin Hurst

Martin Hurst

Martin Hurst is a Cumbrian living in Mid Wales. An accomplished allrounder he was one of the original Ocean Kayak Uk team members and represented the uk in 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida in the worlds biggest Kayak Fishing competition. In Summer you'll find Martin afloat in Cardigan bay doing battle with specimen Tope, Bass and Black Bream whilst during Autumn and Winter he'll more often than not be found in his native Lake District in search of the large pike residing in lakes such as Coniston and Derwentwater. Martin is also the organiser of the countrys most well known Disability Sailing and Kayaking day, an annual event since 2009 which attracts around 100 participants


Neil Whitehead

Neil Whitehead

I was born and grew up in Rochdale near Manchester before joining the Army at 18. I spent 10 years in the Corps of Royal Engineers where I served in both UK and overseas postings including deployment in the first Gulf War and tours of Northern Ireland. After leaving the Army I had a short spell as a Prison Officer before eventually ending up as a Dispatch Supervisor for a large distribution company in the security industry.

I have fished from being a small boy for all manner of species in various parts of the world catching fish to over 100lb, but my real passion is for Pike. Or should that be “was” until I was introduced to Kayak Fishing through Heroes on the Water UK nearly two years ago. Now it seems to have shifted slightly to catching as many different species both Sea and Freshwater but from a Kayak.


Simon Adams

Simon Adams - Trustee

Simon Adams (DUCKTAPE) 25/10/1979 Level 1 Paddle Sport Coach with 6 years experience. 3 years Kayak fishing experience and now doing the majority of the UK events. Poole Life Boat Station Kayak Safety Advisor RNLI and Kayak safety Volunteer. Based on the south coast and regularly fishing that area.

Current Fleet: Wilderness System Thresher 14. Venture Canoes Ranger 16. Dagger GT Max.

I love kayak fishing and along with developing my own skill levels I actively help juniors to get into the sport. I also Canoe regularly and can be found canoeing down the Dart and other rivers in my spare time. I also like Kayak Surfing in the winter.


Simon Everett

Simon Everett

Simon Everett is 53, he has been fishing since he was about 4 or 5 years old and started kayak fishing in 1973 when he built his first one out of plywood, having seen a photograph of an Inuit in his kayak in a National Geographic article. Simon has been running kayak fishing safety courses since 2007 and obtained level 2 coach status in 2012. A keen fly fisherman in both fresh and saltwater he prefers inshore, light sporting angling to heavy gear in deep water. Simon has been one of the Heroes On the Water coaches since the foundation of the UK branch. He is based in the centre of the country so is ideally located to provide sessions in all parts of the country.


Siobhan Payne

I am a veteran of the Royal Navy who is married to a former Royal marine Martin with 2 children, Jacob 10 and Ethan 8. We live in Plymouth with our 2 dogs Monty and Scrappy. I am a part time bookkeeper and love to help out with School activates and am also a member of Band of Sisters which is run via Help for Heroes.

My family became involved with HOW when after sustaining injuries in Afghanistan, Martin was invited to attend a session and afterwards he was hooked. Seeing the change in him and how it has helped him to cope with everyday family life, made me want to help promote the charity to show others how it can help.

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