Trust managerBorn and bred in Ayrshire, Stuart lives in Mauchline with his 15 year old daughter. Formerly running a local contracting business in Ayrshire for 14 years, he changed career path completely at the age of 40 returning to full time education. Four years later he graduated with a BSc (Hons.) in Sustainable Environmental Management awarded by Edinburgh University during which time he focused on soil science, catchment management, ecology and diffuse pollution. Stuart joined the Trust as a full time member of staff in 2008 and took over the senior role in 2012. Stuart is a lifelong salmon angler but is increasingly found on remote Highland lochs in search of ferox trout.
Biologist and Project ManagerIn 2009 she graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a BSc (Hons.) in Marine and Freshwater Biology. From Ayrshire originally, Gillian started with the Trust in June 2009, originally with a summer contract, which was then extended to a permanent post. Throughout her time at the Trust her role and responsibilities have increased, but Gillian loves nothing more than a challenge. Gillian is the project manager for both the CIRB and CISP invasive projects and is involved in all aspects of the Trust’s work. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her two dogs and enjoys other hobbies including swimming and pilates.
BiologistMuir has a BSc (Hons) degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology and an MSc degree in Ecology and Evolutionary biology from the University of Glasgow. He spent three years in Cumbria with the Environment Agency assessing the ecological response of salmonids to flow and geo-morphological changes made as a result of the Restoring Sustainable Abstraction programme. He joined the Trust in April 2015 and is now involved in all aspects of fisheries science with a particular focus on monitoring, habitat restoration and barrier removal. Muir is a fully qualified SFCC team leader electrofisher and a member of the Institute of Fisheries Management (MIFM).
Following a BSc (Hons) degree in Countryside Management awarded by Glasgow University, Struan joined the Trust in June 2015. After a week’s work experience with ART at the age of 13 he was hooked and began volunteering in his summer holidays. With this experience and growing up on the banks of the River Ayr it was somewhat inevitable that he would pursue a career in environmental management. His interests are in the outdoors and when not working he can be found in the hills walking and trout fishing. Struan is involved in many aspects of the Trust’s work with a focus on project development as well as monitoring and survey work.
Project Officer & AdministratorGordon Macdermid lives in Mauchline where he has lived for most of his life. Growing up on the River Ayr, he has a passion for salmon angling and all things river related. With this passion running through his veins, a background in outdoor leisure management and student finance, Gordon decided to pursue a career in fisheries management and is currently studying modules through the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) that will lead to a diploma. Gordon joined the Trust in May 2012 as the CIRB Invasives Project Officer. Gordon is involved in most aspects of the Trust’s work and has also taken over the role of administrator.
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