James Michael Joicey (Lord Joicey). Farmer and landowner in the Till Valley (North Northumberland), formerly a partner at Loch Choire Estate by Kinbrace (River Mallart). Trustee of the Tweed Foundation. Naturalist and trout fisherman. Linguist. Other interests: education, European land management, rural economy, and looking after our Morris Traveller.

Simon Laird has a significant hotel and salmon fishing business in Caithness and is the nominated representative for the Caithness District Salmon Fishery Board.  He has further interests in the rural tourism sector in Lochaber and Angus.

Sarah Lopes has fished for most of her life and is currently involved in the management of the river Naver. She is a trustee both of the Atlantic Salmon Trust and of the Westcountry Rivers Trust. In her spare time she gardens passionately.

Vanya Hackel has had a career in intellectual property consultancy and international arts management. He is the nominated representative to the Trust for the Northern District Salmon Fishery Board and has an interest, with his wife, in the river Strathy. He is a trustee of the National Angling Museum, of which he was a co-founder.

Anson MacAuslan has been fishing the rivers and lochs of the Flow Country all his life. His interests are not confined to angling but encompass the research and study of the fish themselves to gain a better understanding of population dynamics and behaviour.

Alan Youngson was formerly on the staff at Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen and, more recently the Freshwater Fishery Laboratory, Pitlochry. Both are now parts of Marine Scotland Science. He retired in 2009. At various times, he has studied a wide range of fishery topics mostly in relation to salmonids. This has included endocrine physiology, population genetics, hydrology and, more generally, behavioural ecology and applied fisheries biology - in many cases in collaboration with others in the UK and beyond. As a result, Alan has authored or co-authored more than 100 reports and scientific papers. Since 2012, he has been a part-time senior research fellow at the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso. His main topic at ERI concerns interactions between salmonids and marine renewable energy developments. He is also the science consultant to the Caithness District Salmon Fishery Board.

Stuart Gibb is Director of the Environmental Research Institute at the North Highland College of the University of the Highlands and Islands, where he is a leading professor in Environmental Sciences, and Chairman of the Peatlands Partnership.  He holds Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist status and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Higher Education Academy.  He has published articles in around 20 different peer reviewed journals on topics ranging from marine biogeochemistry and environmental analytical chemistry to water remediation, coral reef ecology to climate change in mountain environments. His active collaborations and partnerships span from SMEs and stakeholders in the region to universities across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.  He has extensive experience of leading and participating in EU research programmes and holds Visiting Professorial appointments at the East China Science and Technology University in Shanghai and at Changsha, Hunan province.

The Trust was registered in January 2014 “to promote and support initiatives, including research and education, that seek to further conservation of all freshwater species of fish, migratory and otherwise, within the Flow Country of Caithness and eastern Sutherland, together with the flora and fauna associated with the rivers and stillwaters.”

The Chairman and the Trust directors make up the charity trustees and generally control the activities of the Trust. None receives remuneration for carrying out his duties. The Trust is funded by a combination of private finance and grant income. It is an independent body and will be guided in the deployment of its funds by its Scientific Advisor and the reasonable requests of the fisheries bodies within the Flow Country.

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Eleanor Constable is a freelance bookkeeper and administrator. Former civil servant. Nature lover and student of Gaelic.

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Victor T. Fraser & Co., Wick and Thurso


is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in

Scotland under no. 467897

Registered Charity No. SCO44673


John Mackay (Chairman) is retired after a career in finance and is the Trust’s Treasurer. He is a keen angler and is Secretary of the Wick Angling Association, Vice-chairman of the Caithness District Salmon Fishery Board and a member of the Dounreay Fly Fishing Association.

James Fleming. His fishing career commenced at the age of five with a brown trout weighing 5lbs 9oz. He writes “robust, intelligent” novels.