HWDT welcomes new charity Director


Today HWDT trustees announce that they have appointed Alison Lomax to succeed Gemma Paterson as the new Director of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

Alison joined HWDT in 2015 after nearly a decade of conservation and communications work across the UK and Scotland, both professionally and as a volunteer. Alison has a background in marine biology, a diverse skill set, and the HWDT team supporting her as she embarks on her new role.

“Alison led the charity, as Acting Director from April 2016, and we are thrilled she is now stepping into the permanent role of Director to help us to fulfil our long-term vision as an organisation. I look forward to supporting her, along with everyone else in our extended HWDT network.” Professor Denis Mollison, HWDT Chair.

After nine years with HWDT, and two years as Director, Gemma Paterson has stepped into the newly-created role of Head of Major Giving and Corporate Fundraising. Gemma saw the Trust through a challenging period and guided it towards the more resilient and thriving organisation it is today.

“HWDT plays a crucial role in the conservation of Scotland’s west coast marine environment and I am delighted to be leading the organisation at this important time. It is an honour to be working with the dedicated and talented staff and volunteers at HWDT. Gemma is handing over a robust organisation, brimming with ambition to meet the conservation challenges of the future.” Alison Lomax, HWDT Director.

For more about the HWDT team visit the staff profiles.