Dr Lorraine Hawkins

River Director

Lorraine joined the Dee in 2008 as a Biologist, having previously worked with Fishery Boards and Marine Scotland Science. Her focus has been using science and research to deliver practical management. After managing the River Dee Trust for several years, in 2018 she was appointed as River Director. The role is to take forward the Trust and Fishery Board to ensure sound management of the rivers, fish and fisheries within the district, delivered by our strong, dedicated team.  

Edwin Third

River Operations Manager

Edwin has over 20 years experience in practical countryside management. For the first 7 years he worked as a Countryside Ranger/Warden for both the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage. He began working for the Board as a bailiff in 1997. In 2001 he became the Senior Bailiff with responsibilities for the implementation of the Board’s policing and habitat works. Edwin was appointed to the post of River Operations Manager in 2009.

Carol Mair


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.

Colin Esson

Colin was born and raised in the Dee valley and joined the Dee DSFB in 2012. He previously worked in the forestry sector and so is very experienced in fencing and tree planting. He also has a background in stone masonry and enjoys outdoor pursuits.

Diarmid Hawkins

Diarmid joined the Dee DSFB in 2012, having previously worked in electronics for 15 years. He has a love for the river and also enjoys basketball and car maintenance.

Mark Walker

Mark has worked for the DSFB for ten years. He has a background in catering and came to the Dee to assist with the seasonal electrofishing surveys whilst studying Fisheries Management at college. He is a keen fisherman in his spare time.

Flora Grigor-Taylor

Riparian Habitat Advisor

Flora is part of the habitat management team, working with farmers and land managers to bring about ecological improvements to the river and bank sides. Her work focusses on providing advice through the newly-launched Dee & Don Riparian Habitat Project. This follows on from the Pearls in Peril LIFE project, for which Flora was one of the agricultural project officers.  With a background in farm conservation and ecology, Flora and Steff also work together as an ecological consultancy and wildlife advisory service.

Steff Ferguson

Riparian Habitat Advisor

Steff is one of the advisers  delivering the Dee & Don Riparian Habitat Project by working with farmers and other land managers in the two catchments to mitigate diffuse pollution and restore riverbank habitats. Steff has been working with farmers for over 20 years on a wide range of conservation initiatives, most recently the Pearls in Peril Project, based on Deeside. Past work has included riparian enhancement and river restoration initiatives, protected species surveys and impact assessments such as pearl mussel habitat, water voles, otter and bats, as well as diffuse pollution audits, wetland restoration and native woodland creation.

Pamela Esson

Field Officer

Pamela joined the Trust in June 2013 on a contract to complete a habitat survey of all of the Dee's watercourses. Pamela has worked for the Trust each summer for the previous seven years as a survey assistant , primarily helping with electrofishing surveys. She has also volunteered with the Trust's invasive plant eradication programme, completing her training and helping to remove Japanese knotweed.

Jamie Urquhart

Fisheries Protection Manager

Jamie’s employment background has been focused in the NE working with the University of Aberdeen on the Water Vole Conservation and Mink Control Project from 2006-2009 following this Jamie moved into fisheries working with the River Don Trust as their biologist before moving to the Dee. Jamie joined the Dee team in 2013 and is now working in a combined role as a fishery officer, where his duties are split between the Trust and Board as a biologist and water bailiff respectively. The duality of this role gives Jamie an understanding of all aspects of fisheries management from the scientific elements such as the delivery of the smolt trapping and tagging programmes, to the legislation associated with policing and developments. Jamie has a passion for the outdoors and is a keen trout angler and enjoys mountain biking in his spare time.

Ross Macdonald

Fisheries Development Officer

Ross joined the Dee DSFB in 2014 and is responsible for developing the fisheries in the Dee valley and for improving the information available about them. He manages the FishDee website and related social media. Ross is also responsible for working with stakeholders throughout Deeside to improve the fishery infrastructure and facilities for visiting anglers and for encouraging new participants into the sport. He has a professional background in economic development and is well known in angling circles for his fly tying.

Marina Piper

Outreach Officer, Dee Catchment Partnership

Marina works for the Dee Catchment Partnership as their Outreach Officer and is employed by the River Dee Trust. Her work focuses on providing information and support to the local community and working partners, delivering projects that bring benefits to the River Dee. She has a degree in Geography and Archaeology and over a decade’s experience of working in conservation and education with the National Park Service, environmental charities and the Forestry Commission.

Bas Buddendorf


Bas joined the River Dee Team in 2018 as a Biologist. He was born and raised in the Netherlands, where he attained both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in biology at the Wageningen University. He has just completed his PhD-research at the University of Aberdeen which was focused on the effects of river regulation (dams and other river barriers) on Atlantic salmon habitat in Scottish rivers. He is responsible for the research and monitoring programmes carried out by the River Dee Trust.

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