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North East Partnership

Find out more about the work of the North East Waterways Partnership.

The North East Waterways Partnership advises and supports the work of the Trust’s team in this region. As well as developing the strategy for the waterways in your area, the partnership raises funds for local projects, takes practical action and builds relationships with organisations and people across the region.

Mark Penny, chair

Previously director of Customer Service and Networks for Yorkshire Water, Mark spent 30 years with the water company. He now runs Summers Day management consultancy and is trustee of the Aire Rivers Trust. Last year he was also president of the Institute of Water (Northern Branch).

Jeannie Beadle

Currently undertaking a PhD looking at the ecology of peatland pools at the University of Leeds, Jeannie's expertise lies in freshwater ecology. Jeannie is also a member of water@leeds. A keen walker along the canals and rivers near her home in Shipley Jeannie believes the waterways provide free therapy; an antidote to the stress of modern living not just for her but for so many others.

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. 

Chris Hawkesworth

A lifelong canoeist and champion of easier access to Britain’s canals and rivers network for non-powered craft, Chris is vice chair of Canoe England’s Yorkshire Region and Regional Waterways and environment advisor and works for Canoe England as their national planning and facilities manager. Chris is also chair of the Gouthwaite Reservoir Board of Management and Chair of the Manvers Lake and Dean Valley Trust Ltd. 

Jon Kendall

A partner in Castleton Consulting - a Milton Keynes based consultancy specialising in innovation and multi-organisational working. A substantial part of Jon’s consulting experience is based in the water industry with clients including Yorkshire Water, Anglian Water and Scottish Water. One of the by-products of his experience is an appreciation of the opportunities for improving the water environment by getting a broader range of individuals and organisations to think together as the springboard for making interesting things happen.

Emily Lindsay

Emily is currently studying at Leeds University and will represent the student population.  As a member of Leeds University Union Boat club she has a good knowledge of rowing and how rowers use the waterways.

David Lowe

Following canal holidays, David became a canal boat operator, with passenger, restaurant, hire boats, waterbus, boatbuilding, a boatyard plus freight carrying thousands of tonnes a week of freight over the northern and midlands waterways and was twice awarded the IWA 'Bulkley-Johnson Salt' for ‘furtherance of commercial waterway transport in the UK’.

David, now semi-retired, owns two historic narrow boats and is a director of Humber Barges Ltd, chairman of the Commercial Boat Operators Association and licensed as an MCA Boatmaster. Other professional interests include railway operations and music.

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

Former computer systems manager, Peter is chairman of the IWA for the North East and Yorkshire Region. A keen boater, Peter has navigated most of the connected system of inland waterways of England and Wales and supports the historic Town Class Large Woolwich narrowboat Fulbourne. Aside from waterways, Peter organises bellringing volunteers for bell maintenance, training and Change Ringing.

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 partnership 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.

 Jon Horsfall, Waterways Manager

Originally a chemist, Jon worked in the water industry for twenty years before joining Canal & River Trust. Previously at United Utilities, Jon has experience in operations, asset management, commercial and customer service leadership. He is proud to be responsible for his team and their custodianship of over 300 Km of waterway. 

Last date edited: 29 October 2015