The Clyde River Foundation team has a combined 27 years experience working across the catchment. Our core work and vision are described in the River Clyde Fishery Management Plan.
All of our staff participate in an extensive scientific programme, collecting and reporting environmental data to inform the objectives of the Plan.
Each team member is also heavily involved in the delivery of our education projects.
Dr. William Yeomans – Catchment Manager
Willie Yeomans graduated from the University of Stirling in 1987. Subsequently, he has worked as a fish farming trainee at Howietoun, a research technician at the Institute of Aquaculture (University of Stirling), spent ten years as a biologist with the Environment Agency working across the Thames catchment and three as a fisheries scientist at its National Salmon and Trout Fisheries Centre in Cardiff. He completed a PhD while working with the Environment Agency, looking at the relationship between fish parasites and river pollution, before returning to Scotland in 2002 to become the Clyde River Foundation’s first full-time member of staff. Willie manages the Foundation and directs its work programme.
Caroline McGillivray – Education Outreach Officer
Caroline McGillivray has a degree in Aquatic Bioscience from the University of Glasgow and an MScEnv in Environmental Studies from University of Strathclyde. After volunteering with the Foundation, she took on the role of Education Outreach Officer and now develops and delivers environmental education projects, principally Clyde in the Classroom. Caroline is also responsible for fieldwork organisation and the day-to-day running of the Foundation.
David McColl – Fishery Management Planner
David McColl has a degree in Aquatic Bioscience from the University of Glasgow, from where he also gained an MRes in Marine and Freshwater Ecology and Environmental Management in 2006. He led the production of the River Clyde Fishery Management and Biosecurity Plans and is responsible for their implementation. David participates in university teaching, principally in facilitating student research projects.
Lesley Gregg – Biologist
Lesley Gregg has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Ulster and a Diploma in Industrial Studies, which was gained from a one year placement with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Lesley worked with the Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute in Belfast before undertaking a BTCV Scotland Natural Talent apprenticeship with the Clyde River Foundation studying the headwaters of the River Clyde. She is now a resident biologist with the Foundation, with particular responsibility for invertebrate work and student supervision.
Dr. Gemma Jennings – Community Engagement Officer
Gemma Jennings has a degree in Zoology from the University of Newcastle and an MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds. Gemma moved to Glasgow in 2008 to undertake a PhD on the ecology of common terns in Leith Docks. During her time at the University of Glasgow, she has worked as a graduate teaching assistant and delivered workshops at the Glasgow Science Festival. She has previously worked as a voluntary warden at a seabird colony and as a research assistant on biodiversity projects (Imperial College London and CABI/DEFRA). Since completing her PhD, Gemma has worked as an ornithologist for Macarthur Green Ltd and as a STEM Ambassador, delivering biology outreach work at schools throughout the city. In addition to developing our community engagement activities, Gemma will be heavily involved in our education and citizen science programmes.