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.

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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

Meet our regional advisory board members

Chair

To be announced.

Richard Atkinson

Richard is the National Policy Officer for British Canoeing having previously worked for the Environment Agency as recreation officer and regional principal officer for Recreation and Fisheries. He is qualified in ecology and management of the natural environment as well as fisheries management. Richard has experience in welcoming volunteers into British Canoeing. He is also working with Canal & River Trust/British Canoeing National Group to bring together a National Canoeing Development Plan. Richard is also a member of the Trust's Council.

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.

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.

Kara Hazelgrave

Having worked in the water industry for more than 20 years, Kara specialises in supporting companies implement innovation and improve internal collaboration. She currently supports water researchers at University of Leeds by helping connect academics, stakeholder organisations and funding opportunities. Kara lives in Leeds and enjoys the River Aire and the cycle path along the Leeds & Liverpool canal.

David Lowe

David Lowe’s involvement with waterways has lasted almost 60 years.  Family canal walks led to hire boat holidays and a passenger boat business from 1971. This included the Metro waterbus service between Shipley and Bingley, and restaurant boats. He also acted as an agent and operator of freight craft, moving up to 10,000 tonnes/week in the north and east midlands.  All this was made possible by successful careers in the music industry, which he continues, and in the railway industry.  Semi-retired he chairs the Commercial Boat Operators Association, and as well as volunteering with the Trust he is a Trustee with a music organisation and a volunteer inspector with the Talyllyn Railway in Wales. David has won numerous awards for his services to railways and inland 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.

Peter Scott

Peter is a retired computer manager who was first attracted to navigating the canals as a student. He has seen The Cut from t'middle across all-but-a-few miles of the connected system of England and Wales, and may often be seen steering the 58' family narrowboat, nbCopperkinsII, or the 70' Large Woolwich, nbFulbourne. Peter also volunteers as a trustee of the Inland Waterways Association, which campaigns for the Inland Waterways as a whole, and through a subsidiary company, acts as the navigation authority for the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation in Essex.

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: 14 June 2018