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The National Trust for Scotland is the country's most diverse conservation organisation, responsible for 310,000 members, 200,000 acres of countryside, 46 Munros, 394 miles of mountain footpaths, more than 100,000 precious artefacts, 130 key historic buildings, 35 major gardens, 7 national nature reserves, 45 sites of special scientific interest and the UK's only dual World Heritage Site.

Our staff have a huge range of expertise in many areas of conservation work. Many are available for interview on a range of subjects.

To organise an interview with any specialist listed below, please call 0844 493 2483.

Senior managers click to view
Name
Job Title
Area of expertise
Based in
Available for
Simon Skinner
Chief Executive
Simon joined the Trust as Chief Executive in June 2015. Responsible for leading the conservation charity, its future development of the Trust, overall direction and success.
Edinburgh
TV, radio, print
Natural heritage click to view
Name
Job Title
Area of expertise
Based in
Available for
Arthur Martin
Head of Countryside and Nature Conservation
Decades of experience gained with the National Trust for Scotland. Expansive knowledge of countryside and nature conservation issues, especially wild land, rewilding and access.
Innerleithen
TV, radio, print
Dr Richard Luxmoore
Senior Nature Conservation Adviser
Nature conservation, geology, marine ecology, seabirds, red deer and other wildlife management, environmental economics, climate change, peat and carbon sequestration, moorland management, and ornithology.
Lochgilphead/ Edinburgh

TV, radio, print
Mr Lindsay Mackinlay
Nature Conservation Adviser
Mammals (inc bats, red squirrels, feral goats, badgers, etc.), wild plants/ flowers, wildlife gardening, mountain/upland conservation issues, wildlife law, grassland/meadow conservation, habitat restoration, ancient/old tree conservation.
Edinburgh
TV, radio, print
Robert Dewar
Nature Conservation Adviser - North
Invasive species - rhododendron control, mink control. Protecting water voles. Conservation management at Torridon, Inverewe, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Wester Ross.
Inverness
TV, radio, print
Duncan Stevenson
Countryside Adviser
Working across a wide range of sites and projects across Scotland, with a particular focus on countryside access, woodland, ranger development, wildlife filming and the Trust's Nature Channel.
Biggar
TV, radio, print
Bob Brown
Upland Paths Manager
Mountain path repairs at Torridon, Glencoe, Ben Lawers, Kintail, Grey Mare's Tail, Ben Lomond, Arran and Mar Lodge. Bob Brown also manages the "mountain path team".
Inverness/ onsite
TV, radio, print
Fiona Milne
Senior Ranger - North East Ranger Service
Broad knowledge of general countryside and wildlife, with a focus on the North East, especially red squirrels and fungi.
Banchory
Radio, print
Iain Turnbull
Manager - Balmacara Estate, Beaton's Croft House & Strome Castle
Crofting, GIS, Rural Development & Conservation, Ecology.
Balmacara
TV, radio, print
William Fraser
Manager/Senior Ranger/Naturalist - Kintail, Morvich & West Affric, Falls of Glomach
Deer management, upland management (habitats, access, footpath etc), outdoor activities (hillwalking, kayaking etc).
Kintail
TV, radio, print
Susan Bain
Western Isles Manager St Kilda National Nature Reserve, Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay
All aspects of natural, cultural and built heritage of St Kilda. Also the archaeology of Western Isles and the Faroes. A Churchill Fellow.
Inverness
TV, radio, print
Seamus MacNally
Manager/Senior Ranger/Naturalist - Torridon & Shieldaig Island
Expertise in all skills relating to the management of an upland estate, including deer management and the study of raptors. General Highland nature, walks and climbing at Torridon.
Torridon
Radio, print
Helen Cole
Property Manager/Senior Ranger, Ben Lawers NNR & Moirlanich Property Manager
Particular expertise in upland conservation management, e.g. alpine flora (rare species, habitats and wildllife), restoration of upland habitats, upland footpath work, high altitude re-vegetation.
Killin
TV, radio, print
Alasdair Eckersall
Ben Lomond Property Manager/Senior Ranger/Naturalist - Ben Lomond, Bucinch & Ceardach + Upland Footpath Team Project Manager
Ben Lomond, flora and wildlife, grazing management, upland footpath repair and maintenance, control of Rhododendron ponticum and charcoal production from invasives.
Drymen
TV, radio, print
Scott McCombie
Manager/Senior Ranger/Naturalist - Glencoe & Dalness
Generalist on most ecological issues, Glencoe habitats.
Glencoe
TV, radio, print
Kate Sampson
Senior Ranger/Naturalist - Goatfell
Landscape, conservation, access and wildlife on Arran. Other areas of expertise include Black grouse reintroduction, rhododendron control, upland bog restoration. Brodick's Bronze Age round house replica.
Brodick
TV, radio, print
Karl Munday
Senior Ranger Buildings and Gardens, Glasgow and West
Wetlands, birds, wildlife management, land management & nature conservation, Scotland's only bat reserve.
Castle Douglas
TV, radio, print
Liza Cole
Property Manager / Senior Ranger Naturalist
Areas of expertise include: St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve, seabirds, and marine life.
St Abb's
TV, radio, print
Cultural and built heritage click to view
Name
Job Title
Area of expertise
Based in
Available for
Derek Alexander
Head of Archaeological Services
Scottish Archaeology in general and in relation to Trust properties.
Glasgow
TV, radio, print
Shannon Fraser
Archaeologist
Archaeology of a wide range of periods, history of gardens and designed landscapes, social history, particularly 17th-18th century, cultural heritage management.
Sauchen, Aberdeenshire
TV, radio, print
Daniel Rhodes
Archaeologist
Archaeology, historic environment records (HER) World Heritage (UNESCO), post-medieval archaeology, maritime archaeology, colonialism.
Edinburgh
TV, radio, print
Ylva Dahnsjo
Head of Collections Conservation Services
All technical aspects of the conservation of material culture (collections and historic spaces) to promote its preservation, understanding, and enjoyment for current and future generations. Cultural diplomacy, and the value of cultural heritage to people and communities.
Edinburgh
TV, radio, print
Mel Houston
Conservator, Collection Conservation Services
Specialising in the main areas of preventative conservation, including managing the internal environment in historic buildings to ensure the best possible conditions for the collections; managing the deleterious effects of daylight, and managing insect pests.
Edinburgh
TV, radio, print
Dr Jennifer Melville
Head of Collections, Libraries and Archives Services
Responsible for the curation of the Trust's interiors and collections including more than 1,000,000 artefacts and artworks all over Scotland. Particular interests and expertise in mid-late 19th century and early 20th century fine and applied art, collecting and patronage.
Edinburgh
TV, radio, print
Ian Riches
Archivist, Archives and Library Services
Catalogued and researched the corporate archives and developed a great interest in the founding and establishment of the NTS and its early years. Other areas of expertise include looking after historic manuscripts relating to NTS properties, including the St Kilda archives of diaries, letters and photos.
Edinburgh
Radio, Print
Bryan Dickson
Head of Buildings Services
Maintenance and management of historic buildings, including technical issues, current best practice, innovation and traditional skills and materials.
Edinburgh
TV, radio, print
Sian Loftus
Little Houses Improvement Scheme Project Manager
The Little Houses Improvement Scheme and its work across Scotland from 1960 to the present day to works to save, restore and regenerate historic and vernacular domestic buildings throughout Scotland.
Inverurie
TV, radio, print
William Napier
Lead Surveyor, Building Services
More than 15 years' experience in building surveying with a special focus Falkland Palace, Culross Palace, Kellie Castle and The Hill House. Particular experience in 17th century architectural history and interiors, especially decorative plasterwork.
Edinburgh
TV, radio, print
Gardens click to view
Name
Job Title
Area of expertise
Based in
Available for
Robert Grant
Head of Gardens & Designed Landscape Services
Trust gardens and designed landscapes in general, Scottish garden history, top and soft, fruit cultivation in a garden context, organic gardening.
Sauchen
Print
Alistair Chalmers
From February 2016
Manager/Head Gardener - Branklyn Garden
Branklyn Garden, its creation, development, planting and National Collections of Rhododendron Taliense, Meconopsis large blue cultivars, Cassiope and Mylnefield Lilies.
Perth
TV, radio, print
Mark Jeffrey
Property Manager/Head Gardener - Crarae Garden
Woodland gardens, Rhododendrons. Culross Palace, Mediaeval gardens, Garden history. Other areas of expertise include: organic gardening. Fruit and vegetable gardening.' and his 'based in' location to 'Inveraray'
Culross
TV, radio, print
Sonia Ferras-Mana
Head Gardener - Falkland Palace
Areas of expertise include Falkland Palace's unique post war garden designed by Percy Cane, dating from 1948, herbaceous borders, 17th Century Physic garden inspired by Mary Queen of Scots, a wildflower meadow and historic orchard.
Falkland, Fife
TV, radio, print
Susan Burgess
Head Gardener - Pitmedden Garden
The history and plant collections of Pitmedden, apples, herbaceous plants, summer bedding plants and the care and maintenance of formal parterre gardens.
Ellon
TV, radio, print
Property/subject specific click to view
Name
Job Title
Area of expertise
Based in
Available for
Scott McMaster
Property Manager and Bannockburn
Battle of Bannockburn, medieval battle techniques, medieval Scottish history
Stirling
TV, radio, print
Ciarán Quigley
Senior Assistant/Miller,- Barry Mill, Carnoustie
Traditional milling techniques and mill history. Other areas or expertise include: social change through our relationship to food, technology and trade in the industrial and post- industrial eras, and traditional and ecologically sustainable construction.
Carnoustie
TV, radio, print
Katey Boal
Learning Manager - Culloden
18th century military history and wide areas of military history in general. Culloden and its history and development of the new interpretation centre. 18th century to 19th century historical interpretation and Living History presentation. Learning and outreach.
Inverness
TV, radio, print
Sinclair Williamson
Property Manager - Culzean
The history and collection of Culzean Castle and Country Park, one of Scotland's most popular, largest and most diverse heritage sites.
Maybole
Radio, print
Dr Alison Burke
Property Manager - Drum Castle
History and collections of these properties, including the creation of a contemporary art gallery at Drum Castle.
Drumoak
TV, radio, print
Dr Sheonagh Martin
Property Manager - The Georgian House
Georgian lifestyles, the Lamont family, the Georgian House - redecoration, events, the history of the property and the Edinburgh New Town.
Edinburgh
Radio, print
Julie Gilliland
Property Manager - Holmwood House
History of the house, including the architectural significance and its special interior décor.
Glasgow
Print
Kathleen Dalyell
Property Manager - House of the Binns
History of the Dalyell family and House of the Binns, along with its collections
Linlithgow
TV, radio, print
John McKenna
Manager - House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve, Angus Folk Museum, Camera Obscura, J M Barrie's Birthplace
The history of these sites, significance of their collections and place in the local community.
By Montrose
TV, radio, print
Rhiannon Naismith
Property Manager Newhailes, Inveresk Lodge Garden and Preston Mill
Newhailes history and future plans. The history of Preston Mill, milling and the agricultural revolution and the Trust's involvement and general management.
Musselburgh
TV, radio, print
Mark McLean
Learning Officer - Newhailes
Newhailes in general, especially the house and the Scottish Enlightenment. Any philosophical/theoretical debate about conservation/heritage/art
Musselburgh
TV, radio, print
David Hopes
Property manager - Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
The life and work of Robert Burns, the RBBM collection, and operational issues relating to running the museum. Other areas of expertise include: contemporary art, painting and art education, and the collections at Broughton House and The Hill House.
Alloway
TV, radio, print
Gen Harrison
Property Manager/Compositor - Robert Smail's Printing Works
Traditional and Victorian printing, paper making techniques, Innerleithen's industrial history
Innerleithen
TV, radio, print
Lorna Hepburn
Property Manager - The Hill House
The design, build and management of the Hill House, its significance in the world of architecture, unique interiors and collections, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his influence.
Helensburgh
TV, radio, print
Catherine Provan
Property Manager - The Tenement House
History of tenements, Glasgow tenements, the Tenement House, 20th century social history in Glasgow.
Glasgow
TV, radio, print
Richard Polley
Property Manager - Threave Estate
Threave garden and estate. Other areas of expertise include: management of heritage attractions, stakeholder relations, interpretation and marketing.
Castle Douglas
Print
Christine Macleod
Property Manager - Weavers' Cottage
History of Falkland Palace. Conservation in an operational environment - the ongoing quest to balance conservation with visitor access.
Kilbarchan
TV, radio, print
Wendy Purvis
Property Manager Falkland Palace and Gardens, Hill of Tarvit, Kellie Castle
Volunteer management in a heritage environment, the benefits of volunteering
General Management of all 3 properties in East Fife: Hill of Tarvit Mansion and Kingarrock Golf Course, and Kellie Castle. Falkland
TV, radio, print