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North East Partnership

Find out more about the work of the North East Waterways Partnership.

The North East Waterways Partnership advises and supports the work of the Trust’s team in this region. As well as developing the strategy for the waterways in your area, the partnership raises funds for local projects, takes practical action and builds relationships with organisations and people across the region.

chair - currently vacant


Richard Atkinson

Richard is the National Policy Officer 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 fisheries management. Richard has experience in welcoming volunteers into British Canoeing. He is also working with Canal & River Trust/British Canoeing National Group to bring together a National Canoeing Development Plan. As well as being a member of the North East Partnership, Richard is also a member of the Canal & River Trust Council.

Hilary Brooke

Hilary is passionate about the countryside, walking and the waterway corridors. She spent 30 years working in Regeneration, involving local communities and the public and private sectors in co-operative decision making and delivery of programmes. 

Adrian Curtis

Having trained as a public sector accountant and worked for two innovative local authorities Adrian took the opportunity to join Groundwork – the national Environmental and Social regeneration Charity in 1996. Adrian says “I’ve been fortunate, and privileged to work with many hundreds of committed and passionate colleagues, organisations and partners in the public and private sector. Groundwork has always worked in the areas of greatest deprivation in the country and I have gained extensive experience of 'what works' and, perhaps just as importantly, why some excellent sounding ideas don't always deliver everything they promise!”. Adrian has lived and worked in West Yorkshire for most of his life and lives within walking distance of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Adrian says he’s witnessed how 'my' part of the route has been transformed over the past few years year’s for waterway users and local communities and is keen to contribute to the future of the region and nations waterways. 

Kara Hazelgrave

Having worked in the water industry for more than 20 years, Kara specialises in supporting companies implement innovation and improve internal collaboration. She currently supports water researchers at University of Leeds by helping connect academics, stakeholder organisations and funding opportunities. Kara lives in Leeds, and enjoys the River Aire and the cycle path along the Leeds-Liverpool canal. 

David Lowe

Following canal holidays, David became a canal boat operator, with passenger, restaurant, hire boats, waterbus, boatbuilding, a boatyard plus freight carrying thousands of tonnes a week of freight over the northern and midlands waterways and was twice awarded the IWA 'Bulkley-Johnson Salt' for ‘furtherance of commercial waterway transport in the UK’.

David, now semi-retired, owns two historic narrow boats and is a director of Humber Barges Ltd, chairman of the Commercial Boat Operators Association and licensed as an MCA Boatmaster. Other professional interests include railway operations and music.

Trevor Roberts

Trevor is a retired police inspector with over 40 years experience. He is chair of the National Community Boats Association and has set up a Social Enterprise. Trevor is also involved in a range of shared learning projects that have waterways and the engagement of the harder to reach communities as their central focus. 

Peter Scott

Former computer systems manager, Peter is chairman of the IWA for the North East and Yorkshire Region. A keen boater, Peter has navigated most of the connected system of inland waterways of England and Wales and supports the historic Town Class Large Woolwich narrowboat Fulbourne. Aside from waterways, Peter organises bellringing volunteers for bell maintenance, training and Change Ringing.

Caroline Thorogood

Following childhood holidays exploring the British countryside Caroline developed a passion for our wildlife and wild places. She now works as a Director of Operations for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and brings to the partnership over a decade of experience in species and habitat management as well as a desire to promote the value of green and blue spaces for people’s health and wellbeing. Caroline lives in York, enjoying its rivers and waterways for running and dog walking in her spare time.

Jon Horsfall, Waterways Manager

Originally a chemist, Jon worked in the water industry for 20 years before joining Canal & River Trust. Previously at United Utilities, Jon has experience in operations, asset management, commercial and customer service leadership. He is proud to be responsible for his team and their custodianship of over 300 Km of waterway. 

Last date edited: 16 April 2018