The voluntary role, for an initial three-year term, comes at a pivotal time as we encourage the thousands of people who live near one of our waterways to get involved with their local canal or river.
The former Vice Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University will work alongside the region's management team and help guide strategy and decisions at the Trust.
Canal & River Trust Regional Director Daniel Greenhalgh comments: “I am delighted to welcome Nigel to the Canal & River Trust. His experience and guidance will be invaluable as we work with local people to realise all the benefits that the North West's network of waterways have to offer.
“From Lancaster to Liverpool and Rochdale through Manchester to the River Weaver, the region's waterways flow through some of the prettiest countryside and many post-industrial urban areas where green space is at a premium. Connecting the countryside with the city, the Canal & River Trust and our waterways are uniquely placed to help improve people's lives whether it is encouraging people to go for a walk or a leisurely cycle, picking up a fishing rod for the afternoon, getting out onto the water on a boat or volunteering with the Trust out on the canal bank. We know that people are healthier and happier when they visit a canal or river.”
Nigel has worked at senior levels in academia and community organisations. He has a passion for teaching and research and a keen interest in the environment.
Nigel comments: “It is a great honour to be appointed chair of the North West Regional Advisory Board for the Canal & River Trust, an organisation very dear to my heart, with an outstanding historic network of waterways that is so important and relevant today. I very much look forward to working with the team for the benefit of the Trust and local communities.”