Roger Knight: Director

Roger Knight has been Director of the Spey Fishery Board and the Spey Foundation since June 2006.

Roger joined the Army after school and was commissioned at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1985, serving in Cyprus, Germany, Canada, Northern Ireland and the Falklands. Leaving the Army as a Captain, he worked for three years for a firm of antiques auctioneers, before joining the Diplomatic Service in 1994. Initially based in London at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, he also worked on secondment to the United Nations in New York, Bahrain and Iraq, before undertaking a three-year Diplomatic posting to South Africa in 1997.

Returning to the Foreign Office in London in 2000, Roger worked on the Falkland Islands Fisheries desk, where he was a UK delegate at meetings of the South Atlantic Fisheries Commission in Argentina. He left the Foreign Office in 2001 to establish his own business and moved to Scotland in 2003. Roger returned to Iraq in 2005 as a UN Field Officer, responsible for coordinating the logistics for the Constitutional Referendum and National Elections in Ninewa Province and Kurdistan.

Duncan Ferguson: Operations Manager

Duncan has worked on the river since 1990 and commenced work with the Fishery Board in May 1994 as a Water Bailiff.  Ducan progressed to Head Bailiff and then onto his current position as Operations Manager within the team.   His main duties are to deal with all the practical operational issues surrounding the management of the river. He also has a wide knowledge of land management and countryside issues. Duncan was raised and educated in the local area.

Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw: Biologist

Brian joined the Spey Foundation as Biologist in Jan 2012 following seven years as Senior Biologist with Ayrshire Rivers Trust. Graduated from Stirling University where he studied Biology before gaining twenty years’ experience in the aquaculture industry. Born in Grantown on Spey in 1963 Brian has had a lifelong interest in the River Spey.

Brian has a wide ranging remit across the Spey catchment but key priorities are understanding the factors affecting fish populations, monitoring and reporting, river and riparian habitat management biosecurity and invasives species control.

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Joanna Walker: Administrator

Joanna joined the Spey Fishery Board in April 2018 as Administrator. Joanna’s background includes 8 years of PA experience within the finance sector, including 2 years in Dubai, UAE. Joanna also spend 4 years working for Derbyshire Constabulary as a Vetting Administrator.

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Penny Lawson: Spey Catchment Initiative Project Officer

Penny joined the Spey Fishery Board as Project Officer in January 2018. She has a good knowledge of land management and conservation issues in north-east Scotland, having worked for over six years as Land Management Officer at the Cairngorms National Park Authority, working on forestry and woodland expansion and enhancement, running a training programme for land managers and contributing to catchment management partnerships working in the Cairngorms. She has extensive experience of project management from previous roles in community waste reduction and health promotion projects, and has training and work experience in aquatic biology and water resource management.

Penny will be working with Spey Catchment Initiative partners towards implementing the Spey Catchment Management Plan, focussing especially on practical projects to conserve, restore and enhance the outstanding qualities of the river, its species and associated habitats. She has lived close to the Spey in Nethybridge for over 20 years.

Contact Penny at:
Penny Lawson
Spey Catchment Initiative
c/o SNH, Achantoul, Aviemore, PH22 1QD
Tel: 01463 7251110






James Symonds: SISI Project Officer (Scottish Invasive Species Initiative)

James Symonds joined the staff of the Spey Fishery Board on the 1st March 2018. James is the new Project Officer for the SISI project, covering the Spey, Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie catchments. James brings a wealth of experience to this role and we look forward to implementing the variety of invasive species control measures set out within the programme. The project will involve the control and management of mink and invasive plants such as Giant Hogweed and Himalayan balsam by contractors and volunteers.

James will be working work as part of a team for the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI), a four-year partnership  project in northern Scotland led by Scottish Natural Heritage and involving many fishery boards and trusts and the University of Aberdeen. SISI is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage.