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

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Meet our regional advisory board members

Chair - currently vacant

Hilary Brooke

Hilary is passionate about the countryside, walking and the waterway corridors. She spent 30 years working in regeneration, involving local communities and the public and private sectors in co-operative decision-making and delivery of programmes. She has spent the past six years as a member of the Trust’s North East Waterways Partnership and has promoted Partnership working, Community engagement, Volunteering and Business support.  Hilary would like to see the Trust becoming more open to ideas from the outside world and recognising the skills and aspirations of others to build a great future for our waterways.

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.

Trevor Roberts

Trevor is a retired police inspector with over 40 years experience.  He is chair of the National Community Boats Association and has set up a Social Enterprise.  Trevor is also involved in a range of shared learning projects that have waterways and the engagement of the harder to reach communities as their central focus.

Robin Stonebridge

Robin is the chair of the Chesterfield Canal Trust and has wide experience of working on Boards at local, regional and national level.  His doctoral research explored social constructions of virtual working environments.  He lives in Anston, South Yorkshire.

Caroline Thorogood

Following childhood holidays exploring the British countryside, Caroline developed a passion for our wildlife and wild places.  She now works as a Director of Operations for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and brings to the Board over a decade of experience in species and habitat management as well as a desire to promote the value of green and blue spaces for people's health and wellbeing.  Caroline lives in York, enjoying its rivers and waterways for running and dog walking in her spare time.

Last date edited: 27 November 2019