The executive team manage the everyday operation of the Trust. They develop policy and strategy for approval by the trustees and are responsible for ensuring the continuing success of the waterways through the management of an expert and committed 1,600-strong workforce.
Richard joined Canal & River Trust as Chief Executive in July 2013, and in the past three years he has led the new charity through a series of changes as it has developed its new identity and explored the many new opportunities available in the third sector. Prior to joining the Trust, Richard spent 19 years at London Underground - where he was acting Managing Director for a year - followed by a brief spell at FirstGroup where he led their bid for the InterCity West Coast franchise and spent a period as Managing Director of First Hull Trains.
Sandra is responsible for finance, governance audit & risk, IT, Legal, procurement and the Trust’s marina subsidiary. Sandra spent eight years as finance director at NHBC (National House-Building Council), the UK’s leading independent standard-setting body and provider of warranty and insurance for new homes in the UK. She previously held senior finance positions in the commercial sector, most notably for BMW UK.
Sophie leads all of our marketing, communications and fundraising activities. She joined the Trust in 2015. After gaining a PhD in biochemistry she pursued a career in marketing and innovation which spanned the commercial, charity and public sectors in both executive and non-executive capacities, working for a diverse range of organisations including Coca-Cola, RNIB, the NHS and Save the Children.
Mike joined the Trust in October 2016, having been vice president of Labour Relations for Asda. He began his career with Shell as a graduate trainee working in both the UK and Australia, before progressing on to senior HR positions with British Airways, GNER and the BBC. Mike has held non-executive positions for Manchester Airport Group (MAG), Community Integrated Care (CIC) and York Archaeological Trust (YAT). He is a graduate of Leicester University and a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIP), and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). Mike is currently a member of ACAS governing council.
Stuart is responsible for the Trust’s investment portfolio, including property, property development, joint ventures and diversified assets and also looks after the utilities, commercial water and direct managed moorings businesses. A chartered surveyor, Stuart joined Canal & River Trust in 1990 after working in private sector property consultancy. He worked extensively across the country in various property roles, before becoming Property Director in 2008.
Ian’s remit includes the majority of our customer functions including boating (business and leisure), enforcement, welfare, museums and attractions, and volunteering and education. He also leads our waterway teams. Ian joined the Trust in 2015 after working with Aon, the large insurance broker, where he has been Managing Director of the Aon Affinity division working with SME customers. He previously worked in senior Customer Service roles at Dataforce (a CRM/marketing service business), Thomas Cook, and Eurostar.
Julie is responsible for asset management within the Trust which includes leading a team of experts and professionals who prioritise the asset expenditure and works. Julie joined the Trust in 1996 following an early career in construction with Taylor Woodrow. A chartered engineer, she has gained a broad experience in waterway management, engineering and funding with the Trust.
Simon’s responsibilities cover the planning and delivery of maintenance and repair works carried out on our waterways by our in-house direct teams in conjunction with external contractors and consultants. Simon is a chartered engineer and joined the Trust in 2006 after working with Land and Water where he was operations director of their remediation contracting business. Simon previously worked in senior environmental, project delivery, construction and consultancy roles for Southern Water, ADAS and overseas.
Heather is responsible for strategy, public policy, research and measurement, strategic performance and reporting, spatial and statutory planning functions, and planning and urban design consultancy functions. Heather joined the Trust in 1997, after working for an urban development corporation which was charged with delivering large scale area-based regeneration. A chartered planner, she has gained extensive experience in strategic and statutory planning, property based regeneration, place-making and partnership working with the Trust.
Last date edited: 6 March 2017