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London Partnership

Find out who's who in the London partnership.

The partnership works closely with the management team providing advice, inspiration and leadership, acting as champions and ambassadors, building influence, forging new local relationships, developing engagement and participation, and working to secure new funding and voluntary support for their waterways.

Brian Fender, chair

With extensive senior management experience within the science and education sector, held such positions as chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, vice-chancellor of Keele University and member of the Science and Engineering Research Council. Currently Brian is chair of the New Victoria Theatre Trust, president of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and director of Higher Aims Ltd.

Judith Adams

Judy has had extensive experience of managing and developing countryside recreation, wildlife enhancements and learning opportunities in open spaces.

With academic qualifications in ecology and education, she has worked as deputy chief executive of the Lee Valley Regional Park and was chief executive of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

In retirement, she chairs the Nature Improvement Area Partnership for the Lea Catchment, along with two heritage and community charities in nearby Epping Forest. 

Terry Ariss

Terry started cruising the canal system in 1962 with his small cruiser, as an original member of boat club U.C.C. he has seen and been part of many changes over the past fifty years. Terry has served on the AWCC committees at both regional and national levels as well as being part of the RYA inland navigation panel.

Angela Clarke MBE

Angela was first introduced to the canals 45 years ago, initially as a boater, then took up canal art painting and now enjoys walking along the canals. She is also especially interested in the historic environment of the canals and ensuring that it is recognised in any canal-side redevelopment.

She is retired but worked mainly in the voluntary sector, most recently as General Secretary of the Institute of Horticulture. She has many volunteering interests – the Hammersmith Society and as a trustee of a youth club and of the Emery Walker arts and crafts house.

Jim Crooks

Jim is a chartered civil engineer who has spent over 40 years in the construction industry as a consultant, a contractor and a developer. He has worked on a wide range of projects including a dry dock, highways, hotels and offices in UK and overseas. Jim and his wife live in Camden and their narrowboat is moored at St. Pancras Basin.

Paul Forman

Paul has over 20 years’ experience working within commercial real estate for both the public and private sectors.  For the past 11 years he has worked for a large Japanese technology company where he holds the position of head of property services.

Paul is a qualified and licenced Level 2 angling coach and founder of Watford Angling Coaches, he is also a director of the Professional Anglers Association and treasurer of the Hertfordshire & Middlesex Angling Development Group.

Tobias Goevert

Tobi is an area regeneration manager at the Greater London Authority and leads Mayoral projects on London’s high streets, employment clusters and brownfield sites, many of which are sited alongside London’s waterways. Tobi teaches regularly at the Bartlett School of Planning, is a school governor in Islington and member of Hackney’s Design Review Panel.

Roger James

Roger is currently chairman of Enterprise Enfield where new business start-ups, mentoring and regeneration are the main focus. His interests are in local politics and healthcare, while hobbies include flying, sailing and rambling.

Dermot O'Brien

Dermot's career began with an apprenticeship building racing engines, leading to a range of manufacturing and sales roles in aerospace companies. Further work includes running marinas, competitive sailing, starting a marine charter business.  

He has spent the last fifteen years promoting corporate social responsibility with a particular interest in the long term unemployed. He was senior business advisor to the Government Office for London and joined a ministerial task force on youth crime.   

In 2007 he established The Adab Trust to create employment opportunities for black and minority ethnic students studying in modern universities. The Adab Trust has developed a unique employer led training programme delivering to over 11,000 students. Dermot is a director of a local recruitment company and a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

Dominic Pinto 

Dominic was born near the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal but his first encounter was at Camden Locks. Then, ten years ago he was taken on as crew on the Caldon Canal. He is a certified skipper for the Pirate Castle working with various groups.

After twenty years in ICT/telecoms, Dominic is a successful fundraiser bringing £1M+ for charities for ten years. He's a former trustee in Covent Garden: Dragon Hall, and the Community Association (environmental coordinator); and a former non-executive director at Merton Priory Homes.

Dominic is also vice chairman of Inner London Area Ramblers Association and pub protection and conservation for CAMRA West London.

Michael Polledri MBE

Michael has recently retired as Executive Chairman of Lee Valley Estates, the “umbrella” organisation comprising a number of different companies, partnerships, and LLP’s. Michael established this organisation himself over 28 years ago. He remains the Chairman of Hale Village Properties. Michael is a chartered accountant by profession and he also plays
a substantial role in the local voluntary sector.

Michael has developed excellent working, business and community relations with Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Enfield Councils. In 2010 Michael was honoured by being awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to Enterprise and Regeneration in NorthLondon. In 2015 Michael founded The LVE Charitable Foundation.

Geraldene Wharton

Geraldene (BSc Sheffield; PhD Southampton) is a Professor of Physical Geography at Queen Mary University of London and a chartered geographer (Geomorphology). Geraldene has previously served as Honorary Secretary (Education) and Member of Council of the Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers and as a member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the UK River Restoration Centre. She is currently a member of the NERC Peer Review College, a subject editor for the Journal of Soils and Sediments, and a director of the International Association for Sediment Water Science. Her research interests include work with organizations such as the Environment Agency and river trusts to develop methods, including citizen science tools, for environmental assessment.  

Ray Whitehouse

Ray has travelled the world advising partners, customers and government agencies including an appointment as vice-president of European Business Development. Ray has been chair of the London Shared Effectiveness, and Public Services Network boards. He is a regular boater and since retiring has regained a keen interest in cycling and walking and is working with the London Cycling Campaign, Sustrans and others to encourage more people to take up an active lifestyle.

Jon Guest, Waterway Manager

Jon is waterway manager for Canal & River Trust in London, managing over 100 miles of London’s waterways and London Docklands. Jon graduated as a Mechanical Engineer and started working for Rolls Royce Aero Engines as a development engineer. He joined British Waterways in 1985 and has held various roles including Assistant Engineer Mechanical, Plant Officer, Waterway Engineer and Waterway Manager.

Last date edited: 9 September 2016