North West Regional Advisory Board

The main purpose of our regional advisory board is to connect people and communities with the local canals and rivers here in the North West region.

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Meet our regional advisory board members

Chair - Professor Nigel Weatherill DL

After graduating in mathematics, Nigel’s first job was as mathematician in the Research Team of Anglian Water Authority. He has held senior positions in the UK at Swansea (1986-2008), Birmingham (2008-2011) and Liverpool John Moores (vice-chancellor 2011-2018). He has held positions around the world, including adjunct professor at the US National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centre, Mississippi State University and scientist-in-residence, Singapore. He has had national responsibilities, including executive director of the National Higher Education STEM Programme for England and Wales. He chaired the Commission on Environmental Sustainability for the mayor of Liverpool.

Until recently, Nigel was the honorary colonel of the Liverpool University Officer Training Corps, a board member of the CBI North West Regional Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership for the Liverpool City Region. He is a member of the Arts Council (North). He was appointed chair of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in 2015 and chair of the Royal Court Liverpool in 2018. 

Nigel is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications and a companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He is a chartered mathematician, chartered engineer and chartered scientist. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of the Arts, an honorary fellow of Swansea University and an honorary member of the Liverpool Medical Institution.

In April 2016 Nigel was commissioned as a deputy lieutenant of Merseyside. In March 2018 he was elected an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple, in July 2018 was made an honorary friend of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and in October 2018 was recognized as an honorary fellow of the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Tayo Adebowale

Director of Cirkadia, and environmental consultant, with a PhD in water quality/management. Tayo has over 20 years experience in governance, including  nine years as a national non-exec director within the public sector; she is currently a board member of the North West Environment Agency Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, and a branch member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Gerry Proctor MBE

Gerry was born in Liverpool, educated at St Mary’s College, Crosby and Ushaw College, University of Durham (BAHons Theology). He worked in St Helens, particularly with young people, from 1977-1985 when he volunteered for work in Ecuador and Bolivia with deprived communities for six years. 

He returned to Liverpool to work in the Dovecot and Knotty Ash neighbourhoods of the city from 1991-2003 when he moved into an apartment on the site of the former Herculaneum Dock. He is chair of Engage Liverpool CIC which he helped to found with other residents and they work to improve the quality of life and sustainability of city centre living. Gerry received an MPhil and an MBE in 2013. 

Mick Cartledge

Mick is chief executive at Burnley Borough Council and was previously chief operating officer and director of Community Services during his 20 years at Burnley.  Prior to that, he worked in various roles at both Bradford and Craven Councils. Mick and the Council have worked closely with the Canal & River Trust for many years and this is best exemplified by the development and publication of Burnley’s Town Centre and Canalside Masterplan in 2018, which includes the historic Weavers Triangle area of the town.

Rt Hon Sir Robert Atkins

Robert has been involved in or associated with canals, rivers and waterways for many years.  Whether as a former boat-owner or as Minister for the Waterways, he has had a strong commitment to the past, present and future of one of Britain’s vital heritage, tourist and environmental assets. Robert has extensive experience and connections to Local and National Government as a significant beneficial contribution to the Board’s activities.

Professor Ebrahim Adia

Ebrahim is currently pro vice-chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire where he is responsible for the University’s Campus in Burnley.  He is also the chair of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and is a rapporteur for the Council of Europe.

Last date edited: 28 December 2021