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Dr Brendan Gara

Managing Director

Dr Brendan Gara Managing Director

Brendan has over 20 years experience of operational practices and strategic development in aquaculture, and is a qualified lecturer and assessor, giving him a  unique blend of knowledge and skills to develop and deliver industry relevant training at all levels. He has successfully set up business incubator facilities, developed rearing protocols for new marine fish species and collaborated on  international development and technology transfer projects. Brendan has trained and mentored people from a wide range of backgrounds at all levels and considers seeing them progress successfully in their aquaculture careers as the most rewarding aspect of his professional life. Brendan has a PhD in Turbot larvae culture from the University of Liverpool.


Donald Paterson

Quality Assurance: Training, Assessment and Qualifications

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Don has been engaged in aquaculture and freshwater fishery management for over 40 years in Ireland, England and Scotland. For twenty five of those years he worked at Barony College where he was involved with the development, delivery and assessment of SQA qualifications in aquaculture and freshwater fisheries management at SVQ, NC, HNC and HND levels. Latterly, he has become increasingly involved with the quality assurance of SQA aquaculture and fisheries management qualifications. He holds assessor and internal verifier qualifications, a first degree in Ecology and is currently also working as an SQA  external verifier (trainee).



Dr Debbie Cashmore

Associate: Projects

imagesDebbie has worked in technical consultancy for over 20 years. She has had the pleasure of working on projects in aquaculture R&D, investment banking, economic regional development and health & social care. Debbie’s main interest is in the development of intelligence frameworks that can support strategic planning, facilitate improvement programmes and monitor change.  Debbie has a PhD in marine life-history strategies from the University of St. Andrews.