Dean Blackwood is a chartered town planner who retired in 2013 after thirty-four years working in the public sector. He is a director and the Chairperson of the River Faughan Anglers Ltd., a cross-community, not-for-profit and voluntary-run organisation managing the fishing rights on the River Faughan. In highlighting failing environmental governance on this designated European site, Dean’s activism has saw him raise the plight of the Faughan before national and international fora, including the High Court, European Commission and the United Nations. He is committed to giving his river a voice.
Dean’s role in EJNI is to help connect local activists with other stakeholders, identify emerging areas of environmental concern; advise on the development of useful resources for community activists and develop ideas for research collaborations.