Meet The Team
The Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust is governed currently by a Board of 5 Directors, chaired by Dr Hannele Honkanen. The directors have wide ranging expertise in their particular fields and we have representation from land owner, scientific and angling interests. The list of current directors is as follows:
- Dr Hannele Honkanen – SCENE, University of Glasgow
- Dr Jessica Rodger – SCENE, University of Glasgow
- Mr Fergus Colquhoun – Luss estates
- Lord James Graham – Montrose Estates
- Mr John Bell – LLAIA
- Mr Scott Sinclair – LLAIA
Malcolm MacCormick - Operations Manager
Malcolm was appointed operations manager for the Trust in October 2018 having retired from Police Scotland with just over 30 years service on 1 June 2018. In the last 7 years of his service he served in the rank of Superintendent and as well as undertaking operational roles he held a number of high profile planning posts, including leading the Commonwealth Games planning team from 2010 to 2012 and delivering new criminal justice arrangements for Police Scotland in January 2018.
Malcolm has a BSc (Hons.) in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow, a post graduate secondary teaching qualification and in 2006 graduated with an MBA from Caledonian University. He has fished on the Lomond system since 1984 and was chairman of the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association from February 2012 until December 2016. The 2 achievements he is most proud of as chairman were having negotiated successfully with Scottish Water to provide bank to bank water flow on the River Leven throughout the spring period for the first time since the mid 1970’s, thus protecting juvenile stock that would otherwise have been lost, as well as introducing a raft of new and meaningful conservation measures to the Lomond system.
In his spare time Malcolm fishes extensively, at home and abroad. In particular, he is a keen river angler who will happily fish for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling depending on the time of year and the conditions.
Dr Nicholas Beevers - Trust Biologist
Nick started off his career studying fish biology, fisheries science and marine biology at the University of Plymouth (B.Sc and M.Res) where a scholarship form the English Carp Heritage Organisation (ECHO) led to studies of an emerging and significant virus of carp for his Masters thesis. His first professional post was at the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) in Weymouth where he focused on fish immunology and pathobiology as a research assistant. In 2006 Nick moved to the University of Glasgow for a Ph.D. in marine fisheries ecology (graduated 2011) where he was tasked with bettering our understanding of how a destructive parasite persists in the Langoustine population of the Firth of Clyde.
After his Ph.D., Nick studied various topics at post-doctoral level at Glasgow University including salmonid behavioural physiology in the lab and pure marine biology in the field. He also worked closely with the IBIS project at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE) on Loch Lomond where he co-delivered continuing professional development courses in statistical analysis and survey design for aquatic science. Between 2012 and 2014 Nick also co-founded a small consultancy company which won several contracts to deliver desktop studies in fisheries survey design and literature reviews. In 2014, Nick moved to Hampshire where he took up the role of Lecturer in fisheries science and marine ecology for Sparsholt College and the University of Portsmouth, until 2016. After Sparsholt, Nick focused on science communication and outreach with the Rivers Trust Thames21, where he delivered a range of school and citizen science projects across London.
In 2018 Nick returned to Scotland where he now lives in Garelochhead with his family and is a director and senior youth work volunteer for Centre81, an established and successful youth project for Helensburgh and Lomond. Nick started at the Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust in 2022 as Biologist and is looking forward to using his science, education and outreach experience to bring the work of the trust to as big an audience as possible.
Fergus McFarlane - Assistant Biologist
Fergus joined the Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust in 2019. He is passionate about all things fish. He is a keen angler, mainly targeting sea fish such as pollack on light gear. He always has a rod set up in his car, just in case, and a spare for anyone he can convince to join.
Fergus graduated from the University of Stirling in 2016 with a BSc Hons in Environmental Geography. His passion for fish was evident even in his dissertation investigating barriers to fish migration in the Forth catchment.
After his Honours degree Fergus worked as a fieldwork assistant investigating the effects of invasive plants on local fish populations. Fergus joined the LLFT team initially through an internship funded by the Greggs Foundation, and has continued on as Assistant Biologist and Project Officer of the Endrick Legacy and Wild Blane Water Projects.
In his spare time Fergus can usually be found next to the water. He enjoys travelling to different fishing spots, is a keen football fan, enjoys playing field hockey/golfing/playing pool and always has a ticket for a gig.
Tom Sloan - Assistant Biologist
Tom graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2017 with an honours degree in Zoology and a masters degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from Edinburgh Napier University, in 2021.
Tom has worked as a research technician with the University of Glasgow on projects looking at nutrient availability and supplementation on Atlantic salmon, and a behavioural study of brown trout and their ability to hold territory. Most recently he completed an internship in Seville, researching pollination ecology and plant evolution. Since joining the trust in August 2022, he has helped complete the electrofishing season; worked on INNS control; and helped with willow spiling and tree planting.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys nature and outdoor pursuits, with a keen interest in hillwalking, cycling and running.
Megan Hamill - Assistant Biologist
Megan volunteered with the Trust back in 2019 to gain experience in the field while studying at the university of Glasgow. She then went on to complete a six month internship with the Trust in 2020, graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Marine and Freshwater Biology in 2022, and came back to the Trust in April 2023 for another six month internship.
During Megan’s time with the trust, she has completed her Powerboat level 2 qualification, LANTRA pesticide spraying qualification, intro to electrofishing course, and a GIS training course. In particular, she has enjoyed getting involved in the Trust’s education programmes, teaching children about fish and the environment.
Megan loves all things nature and outdoors. After her degree, she travelled in Mexico and Brazil for 3 months, conducting research on fish, corals, monkeys, bats, birds, amphibians, and reptiles! She also assisted in creating management plans to protect species such as the green turtle from harmful eco-tourism. In her spare time, Megan enjoys munro bagging, scuba diving, and exploring outdoors.
Jay Malpas - Assistant Biologist
Jay joined the trust in May 2023 as an Assistant Biologist. She grew up in South Wales, but since leaving has lived and worked in the Caribbean, Madagascar, the Lake District and Lancashire before moving to Scotland this year. Before joining LLFT, Jay was a Fisheries Monitoring and Project Officer at Ribble Rivers Trust, where a large part of her role was carrying out electrofishing surveys at over 300 sites across the catchment.
Jay completed her degree in Marine and Freshwater Conservation at the University of Cumbria in 2020, where she developed a keen interest in Elasmobranchs, particularly Guitarfish! She was even lucky enough to complete her dissertation project on these critically endangered species in The Gambia, West Africa!
Outside of the trust, Jay is an avid wild swimmer, surfer, paddle boarder and hiker! Spending every moment that she can exploring the great outdoors!