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The Esk River Director (ERD) post has been created to provide a single focus of executive responsibility for the Esk Board and Esk Fisheries Trust.

Fields of Responsibility

The post holder will have overall responsibility for all relevant operations within the Esk District including the day-to-day management of the organisation, staff and finances of both organisations.

The principal objectives of the organisations are as follows: Annex 1 to ERD Job Description



  1. Identification of and development of thinking on the main policy areas that effect fisheries, fish and catchment management in Esk District in the freshwater, coastal and marine environments as determined from time to time by the Esk Board and Fisheries Trust

  2. Development of policy positions for dissemination to members to assist in their dealings with development, planning and regulatory matters.

  3. Provision of direct assistance to members where appropriate.


1.Development of high quality working relationships with key individuals within the fisheries management, regulatory and planning fields to ensure that members’ interests and views are understood and respected at local, regional and national levels.

2.Development and maintenance of good working relationships with all relevant stakeholders

3.Development of a wider briefing programme for others whom members might want to influence.

4.Maintenance of contact with other organisations working in the same field.

5. Represent the views and policy of both organisations at all relevant meetings

Administration and Communications

  1. Agreeing with the Board/Trust administration and communications policies.

  2. Developing and implementing a programme of promoting the interests and achievements of the Board/Trust

Wild Fisheries Reform

  1. To assess government proposals for reform, prepare position arguments for debate and decision by the board and, thereafter, argue the association’s case for adoption of their position.

  2. Promote the Esk District’s position on WFR legislative proposals as these become available and advise the board on tactical approaches likely to be successful in influencing the shape of the legislation.

  3. Once the direction of the WFR is clear, to develop ideas on the form and function of any successor body to FMS to enable it to best serve its members’ interests in the new legislative environment.

  4. To explore and identify mechanisms, depending on available resources, to develop projects and partnerships to attract additional funds into the network to help achieve the objectives if the member organisations.


  • Ensure all the statutory functions of the ESFB are implemented correctly

  • Ensure all the functions of the Trust, including compliance with OSCR are implemented correctly

The ERD will take instructions from, and report regularly to, the Chairs of both organisations

The ERD’s primary focus will be on the design and delivery of organisational policy in the interests of its members. They will be assisted by other staff and resources and will be responsible for line management of those staff.

Management of Staff

The ERD will be responsible for the management and welfare of employees. They will ensure that the manpower resource is commensurate with the requirements of the organisation to discharge its duties efficiently and safely.

Management of Finance

The ERD will be responsible for overseeing the preparation of financially sound budgets and draft accounts for approval by the board and working within those, once approved

Liaison with Members and Proprietors

The ERD will manage contact with the members and proprietors and follow up as appropriate. They will endeavour to foster an ongoing positive working relationship with members.

Liaison with External Stakeholders

The ERD will be the main point of contact with external organisations and stakeholders, including members of the public. This will include regularly meeting and liaising with agencies and wider stakeholders. The ERD will also be responsible for the development and implementation of a public relations and communications strategy, delegating management of the strategy if appropriate.

Development of Policy and Advocacy

The ERD will identify and develop thinking on the main policy areas that effect fisheries, fish and catchment management in the Esk District in the freshwater, coastal and marine environments. The main challenges and responsibilities will be the Wild Fisheries Reform process and how members can be supported and represented through this process. This will include the development of high quality working relationships with key individuals within government, Fishery Management Scotland, fisheries management, regulatory and planning fields.

Development of Projects

The ERD will look for opportunities that support the membership and fisheries through the development of collaborative projects, funding sources and the most appropriate route to deliver them.

Terms of Employment

The terms of employment will be specified in a contract and staff handbook.