Our Staff and Board

The River Spey Team

Roger Knight

Director

Spey Fishery Board

Duncan Ferguson

Operations Manager

Spey Fishery Board

Jimmy Woods

Hatchery Manager

Spey Fishery Board

Paul Hughes

Marketing Manager

Spey Fishery Board

Richard Whyte

Head Water Baliff

Spey Fishery Board

Jason Hysert

Water Baliff

Spey Fishery Board

Doug Darling

Fisheries Officer

Spey Fishery Board

Penny Lawson

Project Officer

Spey Catchment Initiative

James Symonds

Project Officer

Scottish Invasive Species Initiative

Steve Burns

Assistant Biologist

Spey Fishery Board

Pru Jowett

Administrator

Spey Fishery Board

Board Members

Board members are elected triennially, with the latest elections having taken place in February 2022. The legislation is specific over who may stand for election, requiring the elected members to be riparian proprietors or their mandatories. There are currently nine elected Board members, who subsequently elect one of the members to be their Chairman. The current Board members are as follows:

  • Dr Alexander Scott, Board Chairman and Mandatory for Craigellachie Fishings
  • Peter Graham, Mandatory for Rothes & Aikenway, Orton, Laggan Fishings and Wildland
  • Angus Gordon Lennox, Castle Water and Mandatory for the Brae Water Fishings
  • William Mountain, Delfur Fishings
  • Guy Macpherson-Grant, Ballindalloch Castle Estate
  • Dr Catherine Wills, Knockando Estate
  • David Greer, Mandatory for Seafield Estates
  • Callum Robertson, Mandatory for Easter Elchies, Upper Arndilly, The Macallan and Kincardine
  • Toby Metcalfe, Mandatory for Crown Estates Scotland

For declaration of board members interests see below:

NAME

INTEREST

DATE DECLARED

Dr Alexander Scott

Chairman – Spey Fishery Board, Mandatory for and Timeshare Owner in Craigellachie Fishings.

25/03/2019

   

Angus Gordon Lennox

Mandatory for Brae Water Fishings; Owner of the Castle Water; Chairman – Spey Fishing Trust.

17/05/19

William Mountain

Joint owner, Delfur Fishings

17/05/19

Guy Macpherson-Grant

Trustee – Ballindalloch Castle Beat, Trustee – Pitchroy Beat, Trustee Chambers Pool to Junction Pool

20/11/20

Dr. Catherine Wills

Proprietor – Knockando Estate, Phones Beat and Lower Pitchroy Beat

17/05/19

David Greer

Mandatory for Reidhaven Estates and its six beats on the River Spey.

17/05/19

Peter Graham

Mandatory for: Rothes & Aikenway Fishings; Orton; Laggan Fishings; Cluny Castle; Chair of Spey Scientific Committee, Proprietor of Peter Graham & Associates LLP.

17/05/19

Callum Robertson

Mandatory for: Easter Elchies Fishings; Upper Arndilly Fishings; Inverfiddich; The Macallan; Kincardine.

17/05/19

Toby Metcalfe

Director of Savills in Scotland and representing the following: Management of The Crown Estate Scotland; Management of Dunachton Estate, Arndilly, Pitmain Estate, including Pitmain hydro scheme, Glenbanchor Estate, Muckrach

17/05/19

The Board may also co-opt and invite others to attend its meetings with co-optees empowered with voting rights if required. Currently, Grant Mortimer (Secretary, Strathspey Angling Improvement Association) and Sandy Howie (Chairman, River Spey Anglers Association) are co-opted onto the Board.

Meanwhile, NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage and represented by Jennifer Heatley) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (represented by Lisa Forsyth) are invitees to the Board. The Clerk to the Board is traditionally a Solicitor or Chartered Accountant. The current Clerk is Neil Torrance of Mackinnons Solicitors, Aberdeen.

The Board’s Director is Roger Knight, who attends Board meetings and is also a Director and Company Secretary of the Spey Foundation.

 

Members of the Ghillies Committee

The current members of the Ghillies Committee are as follows:

  • Simon Crozier, Senior Ghillie, Castle Grant
  • Roddy Stronach, Head Ghillie, Tulchan
  • Andrew Hall, Head Ghillie, Knockando
  • Mike Murdoch, Head Ghillie, Laggan
  • Euan Reid, Head Ghillie, Arndilly
  • David Buley, Castle Water, Gordon Castle

 

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