Board of Directors

Professor Ken Whelan

Adjunct Professor, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin and Research Director of the Atlantic Salmon Trust.

Over his career Ken Whelan worked for several research organisations in Ireland and more recently as an Executive Director in the Irish Marine Institute. He has a wide experience in the fields of fisheries science, stock dynamics of Atlantic salmon and sea trout, climate change impacts on migratory fish stocks and science communications. He served as President of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation from 2004 to 2008. As President he helped co-ordinate and manage the major SALSEA or Salmon at Sea Programme (2008 to 2011). Ken was Chairman of the International Atlantic Salmon Research Board from 2007 to 2011 and is currently Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Loire Basin Salmon Restoration Programme.  In December 2009 he was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the School of Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin and as Research Director of the Atlantic Salmon Trust.  Ken runs his own fisheries consultancy and has published over 100 technical reports and scientific papers. He has scripted, produced and presented many films and videos on various aspects of Irish fisheries and angling. His most recent film, Atlantic Salmon – Lost at Sea has received wide critical acclaim.  He is a regular radio contributor on Irish national radio.

Luke Drea

Luke Drea is an experienced horse rider and coach, with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry. Luke is a very keen angler and it is through this hobby that he has developed a great interest in the environment and conservation. Luke was one of the initial group that set up the East Wicklow Rivers Trust.

Alan McGurdy

Alan McGurdy is the retired CEO of the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, the Northern Regional Fisheries Board, and Development Controller of the Inland Fisheries Trust. Alan holds a BSc in Management and an MA from Trinity College Dublin; a MSc from University College Dublin; a Diploma in Environmental Conservation; and is a Chartered Environmentalist with the Institute for Fisheries Management.

Alan currently serves on the IFI Department Committee on Fisheries Legislation, is a director of Salmon Watch Ireland and is a member of the Irish Specimen Fish Committee.

Anne McFarland

Anne McFarland is an experienced financial director having worked abroad extensively particularly in Europe and Russia. She qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, holds a BA from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Corporate Governance from University College Dublin. She writes and advises on corporate governance.

Jennifer Whitmore

Jennifer Whitmore is a Councillor with Wicklow County Council and is currently Chair of the Council’s Climate Change and Biodiversity Action Strategic Policy Group. She holds a BSC in Ecology (University of Ulster) and a Diploma in Environmental Law (University of Sydney). She has worked as a fishery scientist with the Marine Institute, Dublin and as Head of Strategic Policy Group in NSW Department of Natural Resources, Sydney.

Konrad Jay

Konrad Jay spent twenty five years working in film and television production. He now devotes more of his time to writing and the ongoing care and protection of Mt Usher Gardens and the River Vartry as important environmental assets to County Wicklow. His interests include fly fishing, hill walking, music and literature.

Amy-Jo Peskins

Amy-Jo Peskens is a Research Administrator for the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre ‘CONNECT’ based in UCD.

She holds a BAgricSC degree from UCD. Her hobbies include horse riding, art and playing the piano. Her role with in the trust is to provide administrative support to the board members.

James Scott

James Scott works in the tech industry as an operations manager. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Idaho. James volunteers with Tidy Towns and a number of other organisations focused on developing more inter-connectedness between communities and nature. He lives near the coastal wetlands of the Breaches in north Wicklow, and became involved in the Rivers Trust to assist more local communities in preserving and enhancing their water environments.


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