Sandy Bremner


Sandy Bremner is an award-winning journalist. He was the BBC’s Managing Editor for the North East and Northern Isles, and has worked for media freedom in some of the world’s trouble spots. Since his retirement, he has continued his efforts to free jailed journalists in repressive regimes, and has lectured at several universities. Sandy is a life-long angler who has taken a keen interest in marine and freshwater policy, and has advised conservation organisations including Fisheries Management Scotland.

Randall Nicol

Randall is a joint owner and proprietor of Ballogie Estate incorporating Ballogie, Carlogie and Commonty beats on the Dee. He is a retired solicitor based in Edinburgh.  He is interested in fishing and the conservation of the Dee and the surrounding area.

Hugh Mackay MBE

Hugh was brought up in Glengairn, worked as a Chartered Structural Engineer and although retired remains a non-executive Director of the Stewart Milne Group. His interests are shooting, fishing and has also an impressive collection of vintage tractors (Field Marshalls). For his services to the Timber Industry Hugh was awarded the MBE by the Queen in 2010.

Mel Shand

Mel Shand is an artist first and foremost, and a photographer and documenter of life around her as part of that artistic process.  Her love and enthusiasm for people who live within her surrounding communities inspired her to document their lives in a project called A Portrait of Our Time. This led to the Portrait of the River Dee featuring the people whose life and work revolve around the river, including every fishing ghillie employed in 2013 to commemorate the DDSFB's 150th anniversary. In 2015 she led the creative and educational project River of Fish to a successful conclusion.

Victor Beamish

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.

Tara Spiers

With a background in media and marketing Tara is one of the proprietors of Tilquhillie fishings on the River Dee. She 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 take up fly fishing.

Lucy Campbell

Lucy was brought up to learn an inherent love of the outdoors and country pursuits. Now, living at Altries, and over looking the Altries and Lower Drum beats, (of which she is joint proprietor with her husband) she continues with her keen interest in the countryside and all things involving nature and conservation

Carol Fowler

Carol has been passionate about the hospitality and events sector from early in her career. She launched Prime Event Management in 1997 after spells in both hotels and newspapers. She bought Banchory Lodge, on the banks of the River Dee, with a consortium back in 2012. Together they have invested heavily into bringing the hotel back to life with a trendy refurbishment, making it one of Scotland’s best country hotels.

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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