The Team

The Ballinderry Rivers Trust team is a small but dedicated crew, comprising full and part-time members of staff, each with their own specialist skills and qualities.

Mark Horton BSc(Hons) MSc MIFM

Mark is the Manager of Ballinderry Rivers Trust.
Mark directs the Trust’s activities and projects which include catchment-based water quality and habitat restoration projects; conservation breeding programmes for trout, salmon, freshwater pearl mussel and white-clawed crayfish; community engagement in catchment planning and management; education and outreach and applied research in conservation biology and river ecology.  

Mark is also the Manager of the Trust’s trading arm, River Care Ltd; a consultancy business specialising in integrated catchment and fisheries management.  He is a member of the Institute of Fisheries Management.  
Before becoming the Manager, Mark held the position of River Catchment Projects Coordinator for the Trust for eight years.  

Previous to this he worked for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as a Cartographer on the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and with environmental charity’s Groundwork (Black Country) and Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland.

He is a graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (BSc Geography) and the University of Leeds (MSc Catchment Dynamics and Management).   

Alan Keys MBE

Alan is the Trust’s Projects Manager

Lisa Kirkwood BSc(Hons) PGCE

Lisa is the Trust’s Learning and Outreach Officer

Francis Mitchell

Frank is the Trust’s Conservation Breeding Programmes Coordinator

David Bell

David is the Trust's Conservation Breeding Programmes Assistant