Malcolm has a doctorate in ecology. Current work includes going to sea assessing the environmental and economic impact of fishing, and teaching computers to identify and count fish. He is chair of the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Wildlife Group. Malcolm also works on environmental and social policy, commissions ranging from the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, to farming, fishing and environmental interests, as well as retailers and restaurateurs. This includes bringing together conflicting interests to search for common ground and jointly develop solutions. On the practical side, in addition to local voluntary work, he keeps a foot in the real world by working with small food producers to help them increase quality, demonstrate their environmental credentials, and sort out the practicalities of direct supply to buyers so as to retain a greater part of the profit. He hopes these experience can complement that of the other Directors, and make a positive contribution within the Estate where he has lived for the last 20 years, and where he shares the benefits and frustrations of living and running a business in a wonderful but sometimes overlooked area.