Dr Lorraine Hawkins

River Director

Lorraine joined the Dee in 2007 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.

Colin Esson

Fisheries Officer

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

Lead Fisheries Officer

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

Fisheries Officer

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

Trust Coordinator

Pamela joined the Trust in June 2013 on a contract to complete a habitat survey of all of the Dee's watercourses. Pamela 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.

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.

Dr Al Reeve


Al has worked in environmental and conservation fields both in academia and the third sector for over 15 years and joins the River Dee Trust from the Deveron, Bogie & Isla Trust. He has a particular interest in fish and aquatic environments and is excited to contribute to the conservation and restoration of fish and the wider environment along the Dee.

Jane Lilley

Education Officer

Before moving to the Trust Jane was a primary school teacher working in Aberdeen City. She has a passion for outdoor learning and getting children of all backgrounds outdoors. She is excited about the prospect of bringing the river into as many classrooms as possible as well as supporting children and adults to get outside and see it for themselves.

Debbie Cooper

Development & Promotions Officer

Debbie joined the team in April 2021 in a new role created to deliver our strategic marketing and communications activities and increase awareness and use of the Dee. She has lived and worked all along the river for over 20 years and has a background in business advice, tourism, and fundraising. Debbie is looking forward to developing the Aberdeenshire Fly Fish 50 programme to encourage new anglers and delivering events, including the first FishDee 24-hour fishing event. She is also learning to fly fish with a local ghillie

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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