Regional directors

Our regional directors help us to drive forward organisational development, strengthen the accountability of our regional teams and enable the Trust to act quickly and efficiently at every level. They bring a rich and diverse range of experience to the Trust, including from the heritage, charity and local government sectors.

Ros Daniels, director London & South East

Ros joins the Trust with extensive experience of the heritage and tourism sector. She has managed a wide variety of historic houses, gardens, coast and countryside for both English Heritage and the National Trust. Most recently this included English Heritage’s flagship property, Dover Castle, and then a varied portfolio of London properties. In addition Ros was part of the project team that relocated and opened the new Design Museum in Kensington. In her spare time she is a keen canoeist and paddle boarder enjoying time on the water here and abroad.

Adnan Saif, director West Midlands

Adnan has worked in local government, regeneration and economic development for over 20 years. Until March 2012, Adnan was chief executive of Urban Living – which was one of ten national Housing Market Pathfinders. Adnan has also founded and led many non-governmental and voluntary organisations at local, European and international levels. In April 2012, he started a social enterprise initiative that seeks to improve leadership and service delivery in local government and civil society. In addition to this, and before joining the Trust, Adnan was chief executive of the British Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester.

Mark Evans, director Wales & South West

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Mark joined the Trust in 2015 as waterway manager for the Kennet & Avon and Bridgwater & Taunton Canals.  Since then he has held several senior leadership positions within the organisation, including head of Waterside Moorings and head of Museums. Through his energetic and positive approach to working with people, Mark has gained extensive skills and knowledge about the UK’s waterway network and those who work hard to maintain it.

In 2020 Mark was reunited with the canals on which he began, taking on the role of director for Wales & South West. He has thirty years of experience working within the Charity and Local Authority sector in England and Wales, leading large numbers of staff and volunteers on major projects. His passion for the UK’s waterways does not end with his work however. In his spare time Mark is an avid surfer and you will often find him out on the water, whether that be the canal, river or sea.

Phil Mulligan, director East Midlands

Phil Mulligan, Regional Director East Midlands

Phil is currently a National Trust Council member, representing The Conservation Volunteers, an organisation on whose Board he served for five years. Phil’s previous roles have included CEO of the Landscape Institute, executive director of the United Nations Association UK and CEO of Environmental Protection UK. For five years Phil was the VSO country director in Indonesia and has previously served on Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, as well as leading youth development projects for Raleigh International.

Phil was the vice chair of Defra’s Civil Society Advisory Board when the government first considered the creation of the Canal & River Trust and he has also advised the Department of Transport and a global law firm on sustainability issues. Phil has been an active member of the Construction Industry Council, the Professional Association Research Network, the World Federation of United Nations Associations and a trustee of One World Action. In his free time, Phil is a keen runner and baker, and enjoys tending the garden. Phil is married and has three children.

Sean McGinley, director Yorkshire & North East

Sean McGinley

Sean McGinley, grew up in Yorkshire and started his waterways career 16 years ago in the North East Region before moving to the East Midlands where his management has included the Chesterfield, Grantham and Erewash canals as well as the River Trent and other waterways. Sean is a chartered civil engineer with a passion for the waterways and volunteering. He has previously volunteered in Africa overseeing the planning and construction of roads. He is a keen cyclist and is married with two children.

Daniel Greenhalgh, director North West 

Daniel was a senior aircraftsman in the RAF and was awarded a NATO Service Medal for the liberation of Kosovo. He was site engineer for a civil engineering contractor in Liverpool before joining the waterways in 2005.  More recently he has been a senior manager within the Trust responsible for delivery of major canal infrastructure projects and formerly led on the delivery of all the Trust’s operational contracts.

Last date edited: 28 December 2021