Chris Williams was elected as the new chairman of the Northvaal Chapter of FOSAF at the recent AGM of the Chapter. He takes over from Peter Mills who stood down earlier in the year.
Chris was born in England and as a youngster fished for many of the UK’s freshwater species. His family later moved to South Africa where he attended St Stithians College and later graduated at Wits University. He then lived for 7 years in Australia where he fished for both fresh and saltwater species.
On returning to South Africa he became chairman of his old school’s very successful Stithians Flyfishers Club which in addition to the scholars is now open to the public. The club organises monthly outings to either trout destinations or yellowfish venues on the Vaal and its tributaries. It also does a considerable amount education and conservation work. He also appears from time to time on Classic FM flyfishing shows.
Chris is married to Bernadette and they have two children who are also graduates of Wits. He lives in Johannesburg where he runs a shipping business and is also the ambassador for the Citadel Conservation Trust. Some of his spare time is spent on the family’s property near Badplaas where the Seekoeispruit, a tributary of the Komati, provides good light tackle sport for small and largescale yellows.