David Pomfret 1947-2017

Tribute by David Moore and Stuart Sharp

The name David Pomfret might not mean much to anglers but they have so much to thank him for as the man who worked behind the scenes to secure and manage the finances of their sport.

From 1997, David was Operations Manager for the Federation of Sport & Play Associations looking after the finances of many organisations that were too small alone to employ a man of his calibre.

His first involvement in angling was on behalf of the Angling Trades Association and then in 2009 he was appointed Company Secretary for the Angling Development Board. Chair of the ADB at that time was David Moore who remembers the time when the ADB went overnight from being a fledgling organisation with few employees and a tiny budget to securing a million pound Sport England contract in 2009.

Until that time we had managed with voluntary financial control but suddenly we needed a professional and David agreed to help us, staying in a crucial and developing role with the ADB.

He continued after his retirement from the Sports Federation and then staying in a part time role for two years with the Angling Trust after its merger in 2012. David even came out of retirement in the summer of 2015 to help with a project, before heading back to the joys of his retirement enjoying good wine and overseas travel, watching darts (he was also a Financial Director of the Professional Darts Corporation) and saw his beloved Leicester City win the Premier league.

David was at his best in a crisis, always calm and looking for a solution. He was never phased when things were difficult and was hugely supportive of the team around him and everyone in the Angling Trust will miss him hugely.

David was aged 70 and our sympathies go to his wife Julie and all his family.


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