Yorkshire and North East 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 Yorkshire and North East region.

Commuter at Granary Wharf, Leeds Commuter at Granary Wharf, Leeds

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Our boards give local people:

  • a voice in developing and improving their waterways.
  • a chance to connect with their waterside communities.
  • an opportunity to help guide our decisions and strategies.
  • the ability to support and champion the waterways in this region.

Find out about opportunities to join the Yorkshire and North East advisory board.

Meet our regional advisory board members

Chair - Helen Grantham

Helen Grantham

Helen is a lawyer by profession and has worked for many years on the Executive of large, listed companies and complex organisations across a range of industries and during times of significant organisational change. She has many years of board level experience as well as of multi-stakeholder environments. She is currently Group Secretary and General Counsel at the Co-op Group with responsibilities covering legal, governance, risk, audit and public affairs and campaigns.

She is passionate about ensuring everyone can meet their full potential and ensuring diverse and inclusive environments. She also has a keen interest in education and learning and is a Council member at University of Leeds where she was an undergraduate. She is also part of the Leeds Law School mentoring programme.

She is a keen walker (often accompanied by her dog, Walter) as well as having an interest in our heritage and countryside.

She has a strong connection to Yorkshire and the North East having been born, educated and living in the region for much of her life.

Adrian Curtis

Having trained as a public sector accountant and worked for two innovative local authorities, Adrian took the opportunity to join Groundwork - the national environmental and social regeneration charity - in 1996. Adrian has worked with many hundreds of committed and passionate colleagues, organisations and partners in the public and private sector. Groundwork has always worked in areas of greatest deprivation in the country.

He has lived and worked in West Yorkshire for most of his life and lives within walking distance of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. He has witnessed how part of his local route has been transformed over the past few years for waterway users and local communities and is keen to contribute to the future of the region and the nations waterways.

Caroline Thorogood

Following childhood holidays exploring the British countryside, Caroline developed a passion for our wildlife and wild places. She brings two decades of experience in species and habitat management and in engaging a broad range of people with green and blue spaces.  Caroline worked previously for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, most recently as Operations Director and Interim Chief Executive.  She is now at National Trust as a National Specialist in Nature Conservation supporting teams across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to make a difference for nature, climate and people. 

Caroline thrives on working in partnership with others and is passionate about the difference a connection to nature can make for people’s health and wellbeing.  She lives just outside of York, and enjoys its rivers and waterways for dog walking and wildlife watching in her spare time.

Last date edited: 1 February 2022