Alison Baker – Catchment Manager
Alison has been the Catchment Manager for the Trust since January 2015. She has an MSc in Environmental Management together with over 20 years of Project Management experience. She has a particular interest in River Basin Management Planning and in river engineering issues. Alison was previously involved in the Trust’s Forth Invasives Non Natives Species Programme and has since been actively involved in the wide ranging barriers and morphology projects. Alison is a keen angler and has been involved in her local river.
Dr Joanna Girvan – Senior Biologist
Joanna has a PhD in aquatic ecology and a BSc in zoology from the University of Edinburgh. In a career spanning ten years, she has worked in both the private and public sectors as a freshwater ecologist, with particular focus on catchment management, river restoration and habitat and protected species survey. She also spent five years as a research fellow in limnology at the Queen’s University of Belfast and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland. Jo heads up the research and monitoring of fresh water fish populations within the Trust. She site-coordinates local, district and national applications to the work of the Trust.
Jonathan Louis – Project Development Officer
Jonathan joined the Trust in February 2013 as project officer for the Forth Invasive Non-Native Species Programme. Since December 2014, Jonathan has taken up a new role within the Trust to develop ideas and projects along with submitting funding bids to implement projects. He gained his HNC/HND in Countryside Management from Oatridge Agricultural College (now SRUC) followed by a BSc (hons) in Sustainable Environmental Management from Edinburgh University. Jonathan also undertakes much of the community engagement activities for the Trust. If you are landowner, individual, community group or other organisation who would like to develop ideas and projects alongside the Trust, please get in touch with Jonathan.
Lawrence Belleni – Project Officer: Allan Water Improvement Project
Lawrence has a BSc (Hons) and an MRes in Marine & Freshwater Ecology and Environmental Management from the University of Glasgow. He is delivering catchment-scale improvement objectives to the Allan Water catchment. His work has involved extensive landowner/landmanager engagement, habitat surveying, native woodland creation, habitat restoration, river restoration, land management practices and fish access improvements. As part of his work, Lawrence acts in the capacity of agent to landowners wishing to apply for Scottish Rural Development Grants.
Amy Fergusson – Project Officer: Invasive Non-Native Species/Education
Amy has a BSc (Hons) in animal biology from Edinburgh Napier University and has been working at River Forth Fisheries Trust since August 2015. Prior to this she worked at the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust on a summer seasonal basis between the years of 2011 and 2015. Within the fishery trust network her role has been primarily working on Invasive Non-Native Species projects. Amy also delivers other fishery trust activities including working with school groups in the Fish in the Classroom project. Through this project, she undertakes the role of educating school groups in the life cycle of fish whilst also taking the opportunity to teach about invasive species.
Sylvian Barry – Biologist
Sylvian has an MA in Catchment Management from the University of Lyon (France). He worked mostly in the public sector as technician in catchment management for a council. He also spent a year as Freshwater Ecologist for the French equivalent of a fisheries trust. Sylvian is a keen angler and works with proprietors, angling clubs and other fishermen providing training and information on fish species, undertaking scale readings, fish handling, etc. He is currently a member of the Cramond Angling Club and Musselburgh District Angling Association.
Kate Comins – Project Coordinator: RiverLife Almond & Avon
Kate has an MSc in Environmental Management together with twenty years experience in environmental management. She has worked for Government Agencies, the private and third sectors and has a wide range of experience including:- catchment management planning, environment management roles, renewable energy projects, and more recently has managed the River Almond Barriers Project for the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland. In addition to a sound technical knowledge, Kate has experience in stakeholder engagement and consultation exercises and has successfully networked and mediated with a wide range of statutory and non-statutory organisations, communities and individuals. Kate has an in depth knowledge of the regulatory framework in Scotland and has undertaken a number of project management roles and will be using these skills as the project coordinator for RiverLife: Almond & Avon.
Lorna Oldershaw – Volunteer Coordinator: RiverLife Almond & Avon
Lorna joined at Trust at end of 2016 as the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the RiverLife: Almond & Avon project. She achieved her BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Environmental Management at Edinburgh University after completing her HNC/HND in Countryside Management at Oatridge College (now SRUC). Lorna has previously worked for a range of environmental organisations including The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority. Lorna is the volunteer coordinator for RiverLife: Almond & Avon and will be leading volunteer work parties and providing training throughout the project.
Jamie Ormiston – Community Engagement Officer: RiverLife Almond & Avon
Jamie has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Marine Biology from Heriot-Watt University and nearly 10 year’s experience of public engagement. Before becoming Community Engagement Officer at the River Forth Fisheries Trust, Jamie was an Education Officer with The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and has travelled the length and breadth of Scotland teaching children and adults about the ecology and conservation of Scottish plants and animals. Jamie will be leading on community engagement throughout the project including the development and management of interpretation.
Scott Robertson – Capital Projects Manager: RiverLife Almond & Avon
Scott has an MA(hons) and Dip Arch from Edinburgh University, he is a chartered architect and building engineer and member of several professional bodies. With over 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors, including several as director of his own consultancy, he has worked as an architect, client procurement advisor, as major capital projects advisor for the NGS and has overseen capital projects with values up to £100m. He specialises now in construction project management, including feasibility studies, specialist reports, procurement and contract administration, particularly in the areas of renewable energy, civils and structural projects, as well as IT and client change management. Within the Riverlife project, he will be supporting the team looking after the procurement and appointment of consultants and contractors, liaising with funders, local authorities and other stakeholders and monitoring progress and reporting.
Luke Park – Project Assistant: RiverLife Almond & Avon
Luke joined the trust in March 2017. He has a BSc (Hons) in Horticulture with Plantsmanship from the University of Glasgow in partnership with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). He has 4 years’ experience of professional horticulture and 1 years’ experience of practical conservation as a mountain footpath builder. Luke is also a keen angler. Luke will be assisting the RiverLife team to deliver projects on the ground along with engaging communities with their local rivers. Luke will also be assisting the Trust biologist team to monitor the Almond & Avon catchment.
Amelia Heath – Office & Finance Manager
Amelia comes from a background of administration and research, with over 5 years’ experience managing busy office environments. Sustainability and conservation are two things she is very passionate about. Amelia has worked for Carbon Forecast, a small Carbon Consultancy, since January 2015 assisting on projects related to climate change assessment for EIA and energy data statistics, public sector Carbon Management Plans and the development of tools used to model resource use and carbon emissions. She also has a background as a Postgraduate researcher with specialisation in International Relations Theory. Amelia will be supporting the RiverLife team as well as assisting the Trust as Office and Finance Manager.