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North Wales & Borders Waterway Partnership

Find out who's who in the North Wales & Borders Waterway Partnership.

Brenda Harvey, chair                    

For the past five years Brenda has run her own company providing management and consultancy advice. Before, Brenda spent nearly 30 years working in local government. She is a qualified town planner who has worked on regeneration and partnership projects throughout her career.  


Campbell Boyle 

Campbell Boyle has been a sailor and boater all his life, starting on the Argyllshire coast, and for the last 27 years, mooring his narrow boat on the Shropshire Union canal at Gnosall. He headed major construction projects nationally and internationally for many years, and latterly worked as a director in the Private Finance Initiative. He also worked for the Government of Gibraltar for four years as an independent consultant on elements of their capital projects. For seven years he was chairman of a Public/Private Partnership within the NHS, and is now chairman of one charity in Stafford and a board member of another.

Mike Carter 

Mike has worked in, operated and owned boat repair businesses with full boatyard facilities. In 1998 he switched to a career as a marine surveyor. Mike’s childhood was spent either living afloat or in a canalside cottage. Mike owns, or has an interest in, several historic narrowboats and barges, including a commercial grain barges operation. Throughout the year Mike and his young family can be found leisure boating around the canal and river system operated by the Trust.

Sue Cawson   

Sue trained as a graphic designer and specialised in publishing, and has worked for all the major Educational Publishers before finally working for Heinemann. She is very passionate about canals and believes that by becoming a Partnership member she will have the opportunity to get more involved and contribute. Sue is a member of the Trust’s Navigation Advisory Group and Navigation Advisor for HNBC.

Mary Gibby

Mary Gibby is a conservation biologist, fern enthusiast and a boater. She was a research botanist at the Natural History Museum in London and Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and has been involved in conservation projects in partnership with conservation agencies and NGOs. She has been involved with canals since the 1970s and can regularly be seen boating the canal network on her historic narrow boat.


John Hatton

John has been a canoeist and user of Britain's waterways all his life. He worked in Local Government for nearly 30 years running a multi-service Leisure and Community Services Department. More recently he has undertaken an interim role as General Manager of Canoe Wales and is now Development Manager for British Canoeing.  John aims to bring his experience of interagency partnership working and project management to the organisation.

Julie Roberts-Joyce

Julie is a qualified teacher, specialism History, and has taught in 11-18 schools in both urban and rural settings in the Northwest. After completing the NPQH, she continued to work in education as the Lead Assessor for Inclusive Education in Cheshire East. She is a school Governor. As an intrinsic part of our heritage the canals and waterways are enjoyed in a variety of different ways and inspire a passion for heritage. Julie is looking forward to getting involved and making a contribution.

Nicola Said  

Nicola is head of campaigns for tourism board, Marketing Cheshire. She works with Cheshire’s key tourism businesses to shape the destination campaigns. Nicola has worked in tourism in Cheshire for over 10 years, first starting her career focusing on rural tourism recovery after the Foot and Mouth outbreak and 9/11, when the importance of tourism to the Cheshire economy was first really realised. 

Ruth Wojtan

Ruth Wojtan has over 20 years experience working in policy and partnership development, funding and programme management at both EU and local levels. She currently works for Cheshire West and Chester Council and recently was responsible for the development of Chester's Waterways Strategy which has led to the development of a series of new canal-side improvements including two new parks. Ruth is keen to continue advocating the benefits of the Waterways.

John Yates

John Yates is a heritage conservation specialist and a boater. He is currently employed part-time by Historic England as an inspector of historic buildings and areas. John and his wife have owned a succession of historic narrow boats: in the 1970s they initiated a co-operative residential mooring in London's Battlebridge Basin, from where they operated their coal-carrying boats. John is also a member of our Council, and Heritage Advisory Group.

Wendy Capelle, waterway manager

Wendy is a qualified Management Accountant who joined British Waterways in 1997, working in the finance team as project accountant for the restoration of the Anderton Boat Lift and Huddersfield Canal. Before, Wendy worked as an internal auditor for British Steel and Merseyside Transport.


Last date edited: 5 October 2017