Meet The Crew
Brian Leask & Marie Fullerton – Owners of Seabirds-and-Seals. Brian has been with Seabirds-and-Seals since it started up 25 years ago, serving as mechanic and maintenance. Brian recently took over the business with his partner, Marie Fullerton when the founder, Dr Jonathan Wills retired. Both have extensive seafaring experience and back in 2008 – they left Shetland with their own yacht and sailed to the Med. Both are very excited about starting up their tours in 2018 and look forward to welcoming many passengers onboard ‘Seabird’.
Jonathan Wills, who has been birdwatching in Shetland since childhood holidays, continues to advise the business and still makes the occasional trip to Noss as a guide on board m.v. Seabird. In 1970 he was the first warden of Noss National Nature Reserve. He’s a former boatman to the Muckle Flugga Lighthouse and wrote his Ph.D. on the historical geography of Shetland.
Ross Gordon takes command of Seabird when Brian has the occasional day off. Ross, originally from Edinburgh, is a member of the Bressay ferry crew and holds a pilotage certificate for Lerwick Harbour and Bressay Sound.
Part-time guide and deckhand Kaylee Stevenson, from Lerwick, is a local Coastguard officer and a qualified Royal Yachting Association instructor with lots of experience in looking after passengers. She worked on yacht flotillas in Greece before returning to Shetland to put her powerboat certificate and people skills to good use on Seabird.
Occasional deckhand Iain Derbyshire, from Lerwick, helps us out during leaves from his main job as a ‘deep sea’ merchant seaman. Iain, who’s also a volunteer lifeboatman, has worked with us at Noss for several seasons.
Wildlife tour leader, writer and photographer Jon Dunn often joins us on our Sunday tours to work as crew and wildlife guide. Author of the “Britain’s Sea Mammals” field guide, he’s passionate about birds as well as blubbery mammals, and can’t get enough of sharing them with visitors to Shetland.