Lawrence Ross


Lawrence is a Chartered Accountant who spent his career in private equity in Aberdeen (firstly with 3i and latterly with Lime Rock Partners) investing primarily in the energy industry. He owns the Lower Blackhall & Kinneskie and Invery beats on the Dee.

Declared Interests:

Riparian owner Lower Blackhall & Kinneskie and Invery

Carol Mair

Clerk to the Board

Carol joined the River Dee team in 2012 and has come from a background of many years of administrative work, including with other District Salmon Fishery Boards.

Victor Beamish

Board member

Victor is a keen salmon fisherman and is a proprietor on the River Dee at Knappach. He has many years of experience within the finance industry.

Declared Interests:

Trustee of the River Dee Trust

Member of the Western Isles Fishery Board

Member of Grimersta Estate, Isle of Lewis

Owner of Knappach Estate which has a beat on the River Dee

Trustee of Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland

Edward Humphrey

Board member

Edward is the Chairman of the DSFIA and Director of FishDee Limited since 2003. He is the proprietor of Dinnet and manager of Aboyne Castle beats, and is a keen angler. Edward is a very active person with the river board team and has provided invaluable support and encouragement where he can which is widely acknowleged and appreciated.

Declared Interests:

Owner of Dinnet Estate

Manager Aboyne Castle beat

Chairman of Dee Salmon Fishing Improvement Association

Director of FishDee

Director of Dee Salmon Fisheries Co

Ian Murray

Board member

Declared Interests:

Murray Deeside Marketing Ltd, Partner/Director - leases Glenmuick beat

Fishing management for Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld

Scott Rutherford

Board member

Scott holds a life long interest in fishing and enjoys the outdoors. A member of Stonehaven and District Angling Association, he has been an active member of the committee since 2013. Scott is also a volunteer Bailiff on the Dee.

Declared interests;

Vice President of Stonehaven & District Angling Association

Member of Aberdeen & District Angling Association

Store Manager at Orvis, Banchory

Tara Spiers

Board member

Tara is an avid angler and has been helping to organise ladies angling events for several years. She is also the founder of the River Dee Damsels - a group set up to encourage women of all ages to fly fish

Declared interest;

Trustee of the River Dee Trust

Joint proprietor of Tilquhillie fishings

Mike Wilson

Board member

Inventor and Entrepreneur

Former owner of Ecosse Subsea Systems Limited

Current owner of Ecosse IP Limited

Owner of Banchory Fishings and keen fisherman

Declared Interests:

Owner of Banchory Fishings

Iain Wood

Board member

Iain is a partner in Atholl Sporting and was formerly chief executive officer of FishPal Ltd and has over 15 years experience in the salmon letting business. He is also a keen salmon angler who fishes the length and breadth of the UK and abroad enthusiastically (and occasionally successfully).

Declared interests;

Factor and letting agent for Tilbouries, Culter and Ardoe & Murtle.

Keith Young

Board member

Keith is a senior executive with Aberdeen Harbour Board.

Declared Interests: none

Craig Fleming

Angling Representative

Craig Fleming is the Anglers’ Representative approved by the Associations. Craig is a very keen salmon angler who spends most of his spare time on the river somewhere. He has a passion for introducing and encouraging newcomers into the sport and is part of the Aberdeenshire Fly Fish 50 group and a committee member of the Aberdeen and District Angling Association.

Declared Interest:

Aberdeen & District Angling Association member

Ballogie Angling Club member

Craig Stewart

Aberdeenshire Council representative

Craig is the representative for Aberdeenshire Council on the Dee Board.

Declared Interests: none

Representative tbc

Cairngorms National Park Authority Representative

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Samantha Fleming

Scottish Environment Protection Agency Representative

As a major government agency, and working closely in conjunction with River Dee Management operations, it is important that this organisation works harmoniously with the Board. By having a representation at this level it ensures there is greater understanding, and scope for efficiency in working together through out the river valley.

Declared Interests: none

Gavin Clark

NatureScot representative

Gavin Clark is the representative for NatureScot. NatureScot is a non-departmental public body and the government's advisor on nature conservation matters. The River Dee's status as a Special Area of Conservation under the Habitats Directive, with salmon, otter and freshwater pearl mussel all being recognised features, means that the Board has a key role in promoting sound management and NatureScot is pleased to be represented. Gavin is an Operations Manager for Tayside & Grampian Area.

Declared Interests: none

Living River Festival

February 03, 2020

The River Dee Trust, organised the first festival to celebrate all aspects of the River Dee on Saturday. We were delighted it was such a success after hundreds of people took part in a range of events.

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Callum Mackenzie Cup 2019

November 01, 2019

The Callum Mackenzie Cup is awarded by Ballogie Estate Enterprises for the most notable fish, of any species, caught by a youngster within the Dee catchment, including Rivers Cowie and Carron or one of the many trout fisheries in the district.

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Fisheries Protection

September 24, 2019

With the season coming to a close Fisheries Officers are still working hard to protect salmon from poachers. Poaching still goes on and can have a major impact on fish stocks, particularly when numbers are down across the country.

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