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South Wales & Severn Partnership

Find out who's who in the South Wales & Severn Partnership.

David Hagg (Chairman)

David is chief executive of Stroud District Council. His authority is leading the award winning restoration of the Cotswold Canal in the Stroud Valleys. Recent awards include the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), the Living Waterways Awards and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has been a member of a wide range of regional and national bodies; the most recent being as a Commissioner on the Low Commission.

Julian Atkins

Director of Countryside & Land Management, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority; lead authority representative on the Ministerial Waterways Advisory Group with Welsh Government.

Lois Francis

Former headteacher. Volunteer with the restoration of Stroudwater Navigation. 


Edward Helps

Managing director of ABC Leisure Group Ltd, an award winning business.  A member of the Tourist Advisory Group and sits on the Executive Committee of the Association of Pleasure Craft Operators.

Phil Hughes

Former director of Capital Region Tourism, former chairman of M.B.A.C.T and now also retired as manager of the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre.


Robert Moreland

Former MEP and Gloucester City Councillor, member of Cotswold Canals Trust, Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust and Friends of Gloucester Waterways Museum.


Keith Spencer

A former Royal Air Force officer, Keith has worked in a range of operational leadership and project management roles in the UK and overseas. He is a lifelong user of the waterways as a keen rower and canoeist.

Nick Worthington, waterway manager

A civil engineer background, Nick joined British Waterways as a waterway engineer in 1999, based in Fradley. Since then, Nick has worked in most parts of the Midlands and South West network before settling in Gloucester in 2007.

Karen Morphet

My name is Karen Morphet and I work in the Customer Support Team within the South Wales & Severn Waterway at Gloucester. I also help provide support to the SWS Waterway partnership. If you need help or advice, we will see if our local team can help. You may find what you need here on our website or please email us at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Last date edited: 22 March 2017