News article created on 4 December 2018

Canals to complement London's parks

We have appointed a new regional director to establish the waterways as London’s premier places to go to keep fit, volunteer or just get away from the pressures of modern life.

Ros Daniels, director London & South East Ros Daniels, director London & South East

We'd like our capital's canals to be as famous as Hampsted Heath, or Hyde Park to reflect the massive benefits they bring to Londoners' wellbeing.

Ros will oversee the waterways in London which include the Grand Union, Regent’s, Hertford Union and Slough Arm Canals as well as the River Stort and the River Lee Navigation.

With over five million people living within five kilometres of one of our waterways, a key aspect of the role will be maximising their potential to make a real difference to the lives of people living and working on and alongside them. 

As well as running through the heart of many boroughs, London’s waterways are home to a thriving boating community. Working with boaters, we want to make the best possible use of this ever-evolving space, manage the increasing demand for mooring spaces, improve facilities, and fairly balance the needs of everyone who uses the capital’s waters.  

Ros joins us with extensive experience of the heritage and tourism sector. She has managed a wide variety of historic houses, gardens, coast and countryside for both English Heritage and the National Trust. Most recently this included English Heritage’s flagship property, Dover Castle, and then a varied portfolio of London properties.

In addition, Ros was part of the project team that relocated and opened the new Design Museum in Kensington. In her spare time, she is a keen canoeist and paddle boarder enjoying time on the water here and abroad.

Ros comments: "Our waterways in London are vibrant, busy, places with thousands of people living alongside and using the towpaths every day as part of their commute to work, walk to school, or as part of a healthy lifestyle. Our canals help connect communities and are valuable green spaces. They remain as relevant today as when they were first built 200 years ago. I’m really excited to help shape their future and ensure they can be enjoyed by generations to come."