Meet our restoration team and find out more about the work they do to help bring our derelict waterways back to life.
As restoration manager my role is to lead on and develop our National Restoration Strategy. I am also the day-to-day contact for restoration societies and the project sponsor on Trust-led restoration projects on the Grantham and Montgomery canals. In addition to this I support the IWA Restoration Hub and the wider restoration movement as a whole.
I have been working as restoration manager since June 2017 and love engaging with our stakeholders and witnessing the passion of volunteers. Restoration brings together all teams at the Trust and so it has been a great way to meet colleagues from across the organisation.
Before I became restoration manager I worked as business boating manager in the South East & London and worked on a number of really exciting projects in Paddington, The Olympic Park and Little Venice. Prior to my career with the Trust I worked for the Environment Agency, first as a Boatman (scrubbing patrol boats) before becoming an operations team leader on the River Thames.
As restoration support coordinator a key part of my role is to upskill volunteers within the restoration societies. One way in which we do this is through our annual Restoration Conference organised with the IWA to support local waterway societies and their projects. I also shout about all the amazing work volunteers and colleagues are doing around the country by sharing good news stories and keeping our social media channels up to date.
Over the next few months I will be looking to increase our volunteer participation and build capacity within the restoration movement to ensure that societies have the expertise to tackle complex projects and are sustainable into the future.
I'm fairly new to the team only joining in May 2018 and feel lucky to work with such passionate individuals whose efforts are not only reviving our waterways but contributing to improving the health of the nation and conserving our local heritage. Before joining the restoration team I worked as a volunteer team leader for two years and coordinated the activities of volunteers along the canal in both Manchester and Yorkshire.
Before joining the Trust I volunteered overseas and spent 12 months in Peru, South America and more recently four months in Nicaragua where I worked as a volunteer manager for a sustainable development charity that provided clean water to rural communities.
From a young age I always knew that I would work in the third sector. I'm passionate about our fantastic volunteers and love working with an organisation that contributes to creating positive change. I believe that, as Arthur Ashe once said 'From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.'
Last date edited: 14 August 2018