About Our Advisors
Below is information about just some of the advisors available to come and speak to you about your business. You can see the broad range of expertise and practical experience that is on offer. If your specific activity is not here, don’t worry we can find someone to help.
Peter Cairns: Northshots
Peter Cairns is a professional wildlife and nature photographer. His wildlife and nature photographs are well-known in Scotland and beyond. Based in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, he runs Northshots, where he not only sell photographs but also runs photography holidays. Peter understands the nature and landscape photography market well, both amateurs and professionals.
Sally Dowden: Speyside Wildlife
Sally has been running Speyside Wildlife, a wildlife tour operating company based near Aviemore, for nearly 20 years. The wildlife tourism products that her company delivers include day and evening activities with personal guides, through to fully-inclusive holidays. She has extensive knowledge of the practicalities of tour operating, both in the UK and abroad, as well as an indepth knowledge of the wildlife tourism market.
Richard Fairbairns: Sea Life Surveys
Based on the Isle of Mull off the West Coast of Scotland, Richard is the founder of the West Coast’s first whale-watching company, Sea Life Surveys and has over 25 years of commercial marine wildlife watching. As an experienced skipper and guide, Richard understands the practicalities of running a marine wildlife watching business, as well the regulations and licensing. Since the beginning of the business, Richard has gathering sightings which has contributed to marine science and marine issues.
Tony Hill: Seafari Adventures (Oban) and Quinquari Marine North
Seafari Adventures (Oban) was the first company in Scotland to use Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RIBs) specifically for wildlife watching. Seafari (Oban) currently operates three open RIBs and one cabin RIB from its base at Easdale. Quinquari Marine North are commercial RIB Outfitters for Humber RIBs who apart from supplying individually designed specialist wildlife watching RIBs provide full business information from cash flows to boat operating procedures. Marine wildlife business advice is available and can include aspects from marketing and advertising to tour design. QMN has offered business advice to a number of Scottish RIB operators.
Deborah Benham, Wild at Heart Eco-Holidays
Deborah has a PhD in Wildlife Tourism and an MSc in Marine Biology and is an accredited train for the US based National Association of Interpretation. For six years she was the Project Officer for the Dolphin Space Programme accreditation scheme for Moray Firth based wildlife tour boats and she founded her own nature based tourism company, ‘Wild at Heart’ in 2008. This experience has equipped her with an understanding of the needs of small wildlife tourism businesses, plus personal experience of setting up, running and marketing a sustainable nature based tourism company.