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 - currently vacant


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 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: 19 May 2021