About Us

The Trust is governed by a Board of 12 Directors and a Company Secretary representing a wide range of interests and professions, including anglers, land managers, legal professionals and tourism.

GFT Directors (updated June 2024):

 Mr R J Bellamy (Vice-chair)

 Mr M O Davies (Chair)

 Mr W G N Gourlay

 Mr J M Haley

 Mr M G R Hannay

 Mr J P H Ingall

 Mr M Laurie

 Mrs M A H Nicholson

 Mr C Morton

 Earl of Stair

 Lord Vaux of Harrowden

 Mr W G Marshall

G Moore (Company Secretary)


The Trust employees have a range of skills to ensure we can effectively deliver our objectives. Additional field surveyors are employed to help during most summers. Trust staff and Directors sit on various boards and steering groups to assist in delivering our aims and objectives including the Scottish Fisheries Co-ordination Centre, Fisheries Management Scotland, Local Advisory Group, South Scotland Conservancy Regional Stakeholder Group and the Wild Salmon Strategy Implementation Plan Delivery Group.

GFT is a Fair Work Employer. 

Latest News

Kirkcowan Fishing Competition

On Saturday 26th August we held our annual Kirkcowan Fishing Competition. 35 adults and 12 juniors entered the competition this year, providing a fund of £211 that is put back into the event via prizes and a buffet.

Its insect week!

Riparian zones bridge the gap between land and river, creating an important habitat for insects while also providing shade and protection against erosion. We do a lot of habitat work mainly to help aquatic species like fish, but we are keen to monitor and understand the wider biodiversity benefits.

Alyx's third intern blog

Alyx has written her third blog covering her internship at GFT

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