London Partnership

Find out who's who in our London partnership.

The partnership works closely with the management team providing advice, inspiration and leadership, acting as champions and ambassadors, building influence, forging new local relationships, developing engagement and participation, and working to secure new funding and voluntary support for their waterways.

Brian Fender, chair

With extensive senior management experience within the science and education sector, held such positions as chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, vice-chancellor of Keele University and member of the Science and Engineering Research Council. Currently Brian is chair of the New Victoria Theatre Trust, president of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and director of Higher Aims Ltd.

Judith Adams

Judy has had extensive experience of managing and developing countryside recreation, wildlife enhancements and learning opportunities in open spaces. With academic qualifications in ecology and education, she has worked as deputy chief executive of the Lee Valley Regional Park and was chief executive of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. In retirement, she chairs the Nature Improvement Area Partnership for the Lea Catchment, along with two heritage and community charities in nearby Epping Forest. 

Terry Ariss

Terry started cruising the canal system in 1962 with his small cruiser, as an original member of boat club U.C.C. he has seen and been part of many changes over the past fifty years. Terry has served on the AWCC committees at both regional and national levels as well as being part of the RYA inland navigation panel.

Jim Crooks

Jim is a chartered civil engineer who has spent over 40 years in the construction industry as a consultant, a contractor and a developer. He has worked on a wide range of projects including a dry dock, highways, hotels and offices in UK and overseas. Jim and his wife live in Camden and their narrowboat is moored at St. Pancras Basin.

Roger James

Roger is currently chairman of Enterprise Enfield where new business start-ups, mentoring and regeneration are the main focus. His interests are in local politics and healthcare, while hobbies include flying, sailing and rambling.

Dermot O'Brien

Dermot's career began with an apprenticeship building racing engines, leading to a range of manufacturing and sales roles in aerospace companies. Further work includes running marinas, competitive sailing, starting a marine charter business. He has spent the last 15 years promoting corporate social responsibility with a particular interest in the long term unemployed. Dermot was a senior business advisor to the Government Office for London and joined a ministerial task force on youth crime. In 2007 he established The Adab Trust to create employment opportunities for black and minority ethnic students studying in modern universities. The Adab Trust has developed a unique employer led training programme delivering to over 11,000 students. Dermot is a director of a local recruitment company and a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

Dominic Pinto 

Dominic was born near the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal but his first encounter was at Camden Locks. Then, ten years ago he was taken on as crew on the Caldon Canal. He is a certified skipper for the Pirate Castle working with various groups. After 20 years in ICT/telecoms, Dominic is a successful fundraiser bringing £1M+ for charities for ten years. He's a former trustee in Covent Garden: Dragon Hall, and the Community Association (environmental coordinator); and a former non-executive director at Merton Priory Homes. Dominic is also vice chairman of Inner London Area Ramblers Association and pub protection and conservation for CAMRA West London.

Geraldene Wharton

Geraldene (BSc Sheffield; PhD Southampton) is a Professor of Physical Geography at Queen Mary University of London and a chartered geographer (Geomorphology). She has previously served as Honorary Secretary (Education) and Member of Council of the Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers and as a member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the UK River Restoration Centre. Geraldene is currently a member of the NERC Peer Review College, a subject editor for the Journal of Soils and Sediments, and a director of the International Association for Sediment Water Science. Her research interests include work with organizations such as the Environment Agency and river trusts to develop methods, including citizen science tools, for environmental assessment.  

Emma Waslin

Emma Waslin, currently the Programme Manager for Arts Council Initiative Creative and People and Places Hounslow, has extensive experience of working in theatre and the arts as a vehicle for change with children, young people and adults from economically and socially diverse backgrounds. Previously the Producer for Clean Break Theatre Company, and prior, strategic creative learning roles at Derby Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre, Emma has led on changes in culture in organisations to embed learning into the core work. Emma has vast knowledge of safeguarding and child protection. Across the years Emma has worked in partnership with companies including National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Slung Low and Frantic Assembly.

Jon Guest, Waterway Manager

Jon is waterway manager for Canal & River Trust in London, managing over 100 miles of London’s waterways and London Docklands. Jon graduated as a Mechanical Engineer and started working for Rolls Royce Aero Engines as a development engineer. He joined British Waterways in 1985 and has held various roles including Assistant Engineer Mechanical, Plant Officer, Waterway Engineer and Waterway Manager.

Last date edited: 25 January 2018