MEET THE STAFF
Richard Foster – as the founder partner, Richard has been in charge of the day to day running of Fosters of Birmingham since 1978. A keen big game fisherman, Richard has jetted around the world in search of large and unusual fish visiting Asia, Africa, South America and Oceania.
Mark Foster – Mark entered into partnership with Richard in 1990 after a successful commercial banking career. It is therefore no surprise that Mark handles the financial side of the business as well as the day to day running of the shop. Mark does enjoy match fishing when he gets the time, but is also an avid cyclist and has participated in several charity endurance events recently.
Gill Foster – Gill is Mark’s wife and heads the Supplier Accounts and Credit Control Department.
INSURANCE, CONSUMER FINANCE, MARKETING & IT
Tom Beckett – Tom is one of the senior managers and look after the sea department. Tom is now responsible for Insurance Claims, Consumer Finance, Marketing and e-Commerce along with Dave Taylor. Tom also performs IT support duties for the business. He has enjoyed match fishing in the past with some notable successes.
Dave Taylor – Dave joined us in 2007 and is an avid Specialist angler; He has caught carp to over 50lb. Dave is jointly responsible for Insurance Claims, Consumer Finance, Marketing and e-Commerce alongside Tom Beckett, and assists on the Specialist counter during busy periods. He lists music as his other main interest, alongside fishing.
Dave Lloyd – Dave is a senior manager and deals with customer relations on emails as well as telephone and mail orders. Dave is a well known character on the local circuit, and has notched up notable individual and team successes on a range of venues and methods. Dave is a key member of the Maver Midlands match squad, Dave is responsible for processing the on line orders we receive, along with finance applications and most general email inquiries.
Ben Harris – Ben handles the IT side of the business and advertising, using his knowledge to create print and digital advertising material. Ben's product knowledge far outweighs his years. Ben has great knowledge about specialist fishing and he enjoys to go fishing when he can.
Dan Carter – Dan works along side Dave Lloyd and picks telephone and mail orders, Dan is very dedicated and will always goes that extra mile to help customers. He has made a good name for himself over the past years with medals and trophies to prove it. Dan is a specialist when it comes to Bream fishing, what he doesn't know its not worth knowing.
Sam Winslow- Sam deals with customer relations, emails and mail orders to Russia. Sam has been in the fishing industry for many years and has exceptional product knowledge.
Tom Colloff – Tom is one of the senior managers and oversees the day to day running of the specialist counter. His product knowledge is second to none, and his ability as an angler has seen him bank Carp to over 40lb and several double figure Barbel.
Dave Kennedy – DK, as he is affectionately known, joined us in 2003 and has become one of our most popular members of staff. A man of few words, but they are definitely worth listening to – this man knows how to catch big Carp. His record speaks for itself, with several well known specimens to over 60lb from both UK and French waters.
Bob Davies – Bob is our longest serving member of staff, having been with Fosters since the very beginning in 1978. He is our onsite rod builder, and his award winning custom built rods are almost legendary. Check them out for yourself! Pole and rod repairs are also available, and prove popular amongst our customers.
Lee Collings – Lee has caught untold big carp over the years, everywhere he fishes he has caught. Working closely with Tom running the busy carp department his vast knowledge on all things carpy will prove invaluable to customers.
Ade Walker – Ade is the manager of the lure department and has been with us for over 10 years now, and is extremely respected amongst staff and customers alike. He is always ready to offer honest, straightforward advice on both tackle and methods in his unique style. More recently he has been spending time lure fishing in both the UK and Europe.
Benji Brettle- Benji has only recently joined us but he has exceptional product knowledge, he has fished some of the 'trickiest' waters in the country. Benji is a keen angler who has some great catches on his belt-he enjoys fishing canals and fishes week in, week out without fail.
Chris Whiting- Chris works alongside Jason to pick specialist orders for both telephone and mail orders. Chris loves his fishing goes when he can and has caught carp to over 30lb.
Jason Holt- Jason has been apart of the team for over 25 years and has exceptional product and fishery knowledge; he'll sure point you in the right direction.
Jason Edmunds-Jason works on the specialist department picking orders for both telephone and mail orders. Jason will always go above and beyond to ensure that customers get their items.
Pete Jones – Pete is the match department manager and oversees the day to day running of customers at the counter. Pete has a wide ranging knowledge of many venues and methods, which he is always willing to share with anybody who cares to listen. He has match fished to a high level in the past, but nowadays he prefers to pleasure fish on rivers. Pete has also become something of an expert on lure & bait fishing for predators, with several specimen Pike, Chub and Zander to his name.
Paul Downes – One of the most well known faces on the UK circuit, Paul is one of the founding members of the incredibly successful Starlets team and has countless big match wins and team titles under his belt. A natural angler with expertise in both traditional and continental styles of match fishing, and an immensely popular figure in the shop.
Gary Picken – Gary is known for his expertise and success on the Midlands commercial scene, and has won countless matches in the local area where his methodical approach and rigorous preparation has resulted in numerous 100lb plus bags. He also enjoys barbel fishing on the Severn and Wye, and has some decent fish to his name including a 127lb Catfish from Spain’s River Ebro. He also visits the Florida Keys annually and has Tarpon to 190lb, stingrays to 150lb and large black Tip Sharks to his credit.
Danny Maxfield – Danny is a keen young match angler who has fished numerous festivals and local matches, he is most at home fishing the pellet waggler on a commercial but is always willing to try something new.
Shane Whittaker- Shane is a young and enthusiastic angler who goes fishing week after week; Shane has countless match wins behind him and has excellent venue knowledge on places such as Makins and Packington Somers. He will sure point you in the right direction to ensure you put more fish in your net.
Pete Black- Pete is a young angler and is sponsored by Milo, who is an expert to say the least in F1 fishing; Pete regularly fishes opens and 'big matches' at Tunnel Barn and he can sure give you advice on how to catch more F1s.
Paul Martin- Paul otherwise know as 'Tink' in the shop, is a great angler and has awesome product knowledge, he will point you in the right direction and ensure that you the customer gets what you require. Tink has been in the trade a while and has worked at another tackle shop so he has years of experience under his belt.
Brent Wilkes- Brent is well-known in the shop because of his successes on the Birmingham and Black Country canals. Brent is a great silverfish angler and most certainly knows what he's talking about.
Grant Albutt- Grant is the newest member to our team yet the most well-known, this is down to countless achievements of both national and international competitions Grant has participated in. Grant is fully sponsored by Drennan and most definitely knows his what he's talking about and will happily give you advice on how to bag more fish.
Cameron Bates- Cameron is one of our youngest part-time members of staff and has been with us since May 2015, Cameron is regularly helping on the coarse department during busy periods both serving and assisting customers with his product knowledge.
Barry Hall – Barry ran his own tackle shop for many years and has a wealth of match fishing experience, culminating in a National Championship winner’s medal. He now enjoys pleasure fishing and smaller competitions, but can still put a bag of fish together and has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the Midlands canal network.
Jamie Law – Jamie has been a key member of our Goods In department for nearly 15 years, and is responsible for overseeing the mammoth task of booking in our numerous daily deliveries.
Chris Lloyd – Chris followed in his dad, Dave Lloyd's footsteps and joined us early 2013, he is a strong part of our dispatch team along side Darren Jones.
Ade Holmes- Ade has been with us just over 2 years and helps Jamie in the front booking in deliveries. Ade enjoys his river Barbel fishing and he has caught many double-figure barbel.
Darren Jones – Darren has been with us since 2004 and is responsible for packing and dispatching all of our Insurance Claims and Mail Orders. Also an enthusiastic Carp angler, Darren enjoys getting sessions in whenever he can.
Alex Glennon- Alex is a our youngest full-time member of staff and helps Darren pack and dispatch parcels. Alex enjoys silverfish and commercial fishing when he can go fishing.