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 he is currently Chief Executive of the British Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester.

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. He and his family are very much looking forward to relocating to Newark from East Sussex over the summer. 

Richard Thomas, director Wales & South West

Richard joins the Trust following a successful and enjoyable career in the Royal Navy. During his time at sea he transited two canals: ‘Corinth’ as Captain of HMS Portland and ‘Manchester’ whilst in command of HMS Middleton; setting him on a path to be the Regional Director for Wales and the South West. Currently living with his wife Caren in Surrey, they have aspirations to live afloat on the canal in Gloucester when taking up his appointment; in doing so delighting his father by returning to the county of his youth.

Sean McGinley, director Yorkshire & North East

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: 7 March 2019