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Various Full -time positions as Assistant Scientific Officer Agricultural and Food Biosciences Institute, at Newforge Lane and Bushmill’s Salmon Research Station Northern Ireland.

2019 – 2022 Currently employed by AFBI as an Assistant Scientific Officer, working within freshwater aquatics NI.

2019 Assessment of nitrates re grass growth in the context of nutrient management and silage based at AFBI, Hillsborough.  

2018 – 2019 AFBI Marine Fisheries assessment including Irish Sea Ground Fish Survey, Prawn Discards, Herring Acoustic and larval survey Irish Sea (2018). Laboratory anlysis of commercial by catch assessment Lough Neagh (2018), Lough Neagh and Lough Erne Scale fish assessment (2017)

Electro-fishing survey of salmonid rivers in Northern Ireland (2021, 2019, 2017,2016,2015, 2014, 2010)

AFBI Crossnacreevy  Biological measurement of grass and clover growth to determine distinctness, uniformity and stability for breeder rights.

De c 2014 – July 2015, Temporary Administrative Officer Dept. of Education NI. Processing and receipting grant payments CMS. 

May 2011 – Nov: 2013 Temporary Scientific Officer: Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)

  • Preparation of water samples for spectroscopy analysis to UKAS, ISO10725, ISO14000, COSSH quality control standards, as part of the Freshwater Water Fish Directive,
  • Waste Water Treatment Directive and OSPAR Convention.
    pH and conductivity monitoring and general laboratory duties.

Environmental Consultant

  • Self employed as an independent consultant promoting the sustainability of natural assets required for salmonid sustainability.
  • Development of river basin planning process by attending meetings and providing consultation responses.
  • Set up and organised an Out of Schools programme for local primary School.
  • Tourism Development Ireland, survey interviewer re Angling Development in Ireland.
  • Fisheries representative on Northern Ireland Drainage Council.

See also

Summer / autumn 2010    Assistant Scientific Officer

Employed by DCAL ( Dept of Culture Arts and Leisure , Fisheries ) to monitor salmonid fish populations and provide data for a national salmonid management programme in Northern Ireland.

Fly – Casting Instructor: Supporting angling instructor at Harvey’s Point and other venues in Donegal with ocassional guiding activities for visiting anglers.

Summer / Autumn 2010: Employed by DCAL to monitor fish populations by using electrofishing, and to collect data for a national salmonoid management programme.


2011-2015 MSc Environmental Management with GIS via The University of Ulster. ( part-time study)

Dissertation, Salmon habitats, A GIS investigation on two Atlantic salmon streams on the North East coast of Northern Ireland. Spatial Proximity Habitat Analysis to ascertain sustainability targets for Atlantic salmon and Sea Trout.

  • Spatial Data Management.
  • Geographic Information Systems.
  • Biodiversity Management.
  • Pollution monitoring.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

1990 – 1992 MBA – Heriot- Watt University Edinburgh

Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Career Development, Strategic Management, Economics.  and Dissertation ( Pollution and the Environment a Challenge for Business, a summary assessment of various companies commitment to environmental programmes).

1988 – 1989 THE EFFECTIVE MANAGER – The Open University

1986 – 1987 DIPLOMA IN MARKETING – The Institute of Marketing

1978 – 1982 BSc (Hons) APPLIED BIOCHEMISTRY – The University of Salford

Pharmaceutical sales experience

Feb 2000 to June 2006

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM Edinburgh / Lothian /Borders

Territory Sales Manager/ Medical Representative: responsible to deliver sales targets and provide customer support to key accounts. I achieved excellent sales versus target goals through out this time. Success was achieved by developing partnership relationships, project management and executing a sales strategy to enhance market share. and working closely with customers to identify, and deliver customer needs to the Medical Profession.

Feb 1999 to October 1999

JANSEEN – CILAG Scotland contract

Territory Manager: Responsible to deliver customer support and training to a specialist customer group in line with the strategic aim to strengthen market position. This resulted in an excellent sales performance and sales related rewards.

Jan 1997 to Sept 1998; SMITH KLINE BEECHAM, VACCINES DIVISION CONTRACT (East Scotland and Northern Ireland)

Responsible for the sales and achievement of territory objectives. I developed a business plan and strategy for the full product range across Scotland and Northern Ireland territories. This involved organising 12 high profile clinical meetings, significantly developing key account customers, and advising on the establishment of travel vaccine clinics. Significant growth was achieved and resulted in bonus being paid.

Feb 1993 – Dec 1996 LOREX SYNTHELABO Edinburgh/Lothian/Borders

Responsible for the sales and promotion of cardiovascular and psychiatric products to hospital physicians and other key market influencers. My contributions included conceiving and establishing a clinical meetings programme process, and achieving territory strategic goals. I achieved a high competitive position on my territory.

Sept 1985 – March 1990


Responsible for the promotion of the company’s ethical medicines to GPs, Hospital Doctors, and Pharmacists. Achievements included a high level of contacts, sales and a full understanding of sales marketing. The first class training courses attended lead to a first class competence in territory sales management.

Jan 1984 – Aug 1985


The time spent here was an excellent introduction into the market place for selling medicines to the medical profession.


20011-2015 Part Time MSc Environmental Management with GIS, Ulster University.

1990 – 1992 MBA – Heriot- Watt University Edinburgh

1988 – 1989 THE EFFECTIVE MANAGER – The Open University

1986 – 1987 DIPLOMA IN MARKETING – The Institute of Marketing

1978 – 1982 BSc (Hons) APPLIED BIOCHEMISTRY – The University of Salford


Sept 1980 July 1981 FOOD RESEARCH SCIENTIST( Sandwich year; part of (BScHons) AFBI, Newforge Lane 

Sept 1982 Nov 1983 COMPUTER PROCESSOR CREDIT UNION Ltd, Ballycastle 

Nov 1983 Feb 1984 MDS MANAGEMENT COURSE , Belfast 

Feb 1983 Sept1983 ASSISTANT BREWER

June 1992 Feb 1993 TRAINEE BIOLOGICAL SURVEYOR Scottish Wildlife Trust


Basic web design and management: word, excel, power point, Geographic Information Systems.

Other Interests and Qualifications

2009 First for Sport Level 2 Certificate in coaching Angling.

2009 Fly–Casting Instructor (CAIC).

2012 First Aid in the work place, St John Ambulance.

2014 Defensive Driving (Landrover).

Other Interests

Freshwater ecology, of salmon rivers throughout UK and Ireland.

Salmonid management and development of sustainable fisheries.

Habitat mapping of rivers in context of life cycle analysis 

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