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North West Partnership

The primary purpose of the Partnerships is to connect local people and communities with their waterways.

Find out who's who in the North West Waterways Partnership. 

Bob Pointing – chair

Bob was appointed chair in January 2015. He has previously worked as chief executive of the West Lakes Renaissance Urban Regeneration Company, director of the North Liverpool Partnership and chief executive of the Douglas Valley Partnership where he won the British Urban Regeneration Association’s Award for Partnership in Regeneration. He has also worked for government office in the North West (Merseyside), the civic trust and in housing in Merseyside and Manchester. Bob is currently a visiting fellow at the Heseltine Institute, University of Liverpool.

Richard Atkinson

Richard is head of the waterways and environment department for British Canoeing (BC), having previously worked for the environment agency as recreation officer and regional principal officer for recreation and fisheries. He is qualified in ecology and management of the natural environment as well as in fisheries management. Richard has experience in welcoming volunteers into British Canoeing. He is on the Canal & River Trust/BC National Group bringing together a national Canoeing Development Plan.

Peter Jordan

Peter lives and works next to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. He is a keen boater, cyclist and walker of the canal as well as being an occasional canoeist. He is executive director of Newground Together, a charitable arm of Together Housing Group which provides social housing across the Pennines. Peter was involved in the Trust’s successful bid to the Arts Council which is funding the Super Slow Way project across Pennine Lancashire.

Paulette Lappin

Paulette is a resident and elected member of Sefton, and cabinet member for Regulation and Corporate Resources. She has extensive experience in the voluntary, public and private sectors including being appointed as chair of Merseyside Network for Change, company secretary for Waterloo Community Association and board member for Sefton Council for Voluntary Services. Paulette has worked for Liverpool City Council in marketing, and for Merseytravel as corporate partnership manager and manager of Community Links and Access Team. 

Mike Macklin

A member of the Canal and River Trust’s North West Partnership since 2011, Mike is an experienced boater on the UK waterways. Mike was previously general manager of K Shoes in Kendal and vice president of Wolverine World Wide in the USA. He boats on the Lancaster Canal and is very involved in the partnership’s project to improve the canal as well as having been involved in the restoration proposals for the Northern Reaches.

Nick Mead

Nick owns and operates a hotel boat business across the North West and North East of England. He was previously a voluntary director for the YMCA in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Nick has extensive experience in business including international growth with companies such as Ash Projects, Experian plc, Lenton plc, McDonnell Douglas Information Systems, Tesco and General Electric in the USA. Nick is a volunteer around the world helping companies with IT solutions.

Peter Rowlinson

Peter has a long history of involvement with the canals in the North West of England. As a qualified town planner and deputy director of planning and regeneration for Wigan Council, and director of planning and economy at Rochdale he was proactively involved in regeneration schemes around waterways. He is now a trustee of two other charities, the director of a community centre, has his own planning and heritage consultancy and on a voluntary basis leads on a number of high-profile heritage initiatives close to the canal network. 

Dave Smallshaw

A resident of the Liverpool City region, Dave is now retired after a career in business systems management, corporate and community related work. He has been involved with canals for many years, growing up by the canal near Wigan. With a keen interest in waterway restoration and the value it brings to the community, he now chairs the Sankey Canal Restoration Society. Other voluntary activities include branch and regional work with the Inland Waterways Association. Interested in industrial archaeology, Dave has walked many towpaths seeking to find opportunities to further the role of waterways in public life.

Audrey Smith OBE

Audrey is an experienced boater with great knowledge of the Leeds and Liverpool canal as well as the Lancaster canal. She has previously been chair of the IWA, vice chair of WOW partnerships, a member of IWAAC and chair of IWA enterprises. Audrey’s professional background is in education. She has been a member of the Canal and River Trust’s North West Partnership since 2011.

Colin Thunhurst

Colin is a committee member of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society.  Following an academic career that took him to a variety of countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, he retired to a cottage on the towpath of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in West Yorkshire.  He is regularly to be found crewing or welcoming the public aboard the Canal Society’s heritage boat, Kennet, which travels the length of the canal as a floating museum.  In addition to this, he enjoys other opportunities provided by the canal corridor as a walker, a cyclist and a canoeist. 

Lesley Woodbridge

Lesley is Urban Design Officer for Liverpool City Council, responsible for its public art strategy and the development of art in public places. She also provides the secretariat for Liverpool Dock World Heritage Site Steering Group. She brings experience of working in strategic partnerships in art, regeneration and heritage and is a member of the Architecture and Design Scotland Design Forum Panel.

Chantelle Seaborn, waterway manager

Chantelle joined the Canal & River Trust in June 2013 as waterway manager North West. Previously she worked for the National Trust, Riverside Housing Association in Liverpool, and Adactus Housing as development manager and deputy chief executive. Chantelle also worked for the National Housing Federation, and spent a year as interim head of housing for Liverpool City Council and as chief executive of Kensington New Deal for Communities Pathfinder. Chantelle is a fellow of the Institute of Housing, a chartered surveyor and facilities manager with a keen interest in horticulture

Last date edited: 26 July 2016