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News article created on 27 January 2015

Regeneration expert to steer future of North West canals

A leading urban regeneration specialist, with strong links to the North West of England, has been appointed to chair our North West Partnership.

Bob Pointing will take on the voluntary leadership role with the charity this month and chair his first bi-monthly partnership meeting in March.

Currently resident in Liverpool, he brings with him a wealth of experience in transforming communities and creating jobs. For nearly a decade he was programme director and chief executive of Barrow Regeneration and West Lakes Renaissance. Before this he worked for Government Office Merseyside delivering the city’s European Union Objective One programme, was chief executive of North Liverpool Partnership, led on Wigan City Challenge project and worked for housing providers in Liverpool and Manchester.

Exciting projects

Bob will now lead the partnership as it continues to work with our local waterway manager Chantelle Seaborn providing direction for the future care of the Leeds & Liverpool and Lancaster canals in Lancashire, Merseyside and West Yorkshire.

The North West partnership was formed three years ago to give local people a voice in the development and management of their local waterways so they can help shape plans, guide our spending decisions, develop local engagement and external funding, and champion the interests of the waterways.

Bob Pointing said: “This is an excellent time to be joining the Trust when the North West waterway is involved in such a wide variety of exciting projects, including the Leeds & Liverpool Canal bicentennial celebrations next year. I am looking forward to helping the Trust expand its volunteer and community engagement programmes and working with the other partners to really making a difference in the region.”

Welcoming Bob to his new role, Chantelle Seaborn added: “We are delighted to have Bob join us, and know he will make a great contribution to the future of the Leeds & Liverpool and Lancaster canals. His experience in regeneration, partnership and community involvement will stand us in good stead.”