New job for Caroline

Published: Wednesday, 26 May 2010

FORMERLY Head of Customer Services, Caroline Killeavy has been given a senior management position in the new post of Head of Community Engagement.

This new British Waterways' position has been created 'with a remit to grow the number of people volunteering across the waterways and so lay the foundation for any future transition of BW into the third sector'.

A team will be created for Caroline to lead, and it is hoped to  get more local people interested in helping out across the waterways. She will take up her new position from 1st July 2010.

Senior manager

Having been a senior manager at BW since 1996,  Caroline has extensive experience in waterway regeneration and community engagement projects. During her time at BW she has been a founding director of Nottingham Waterside and was also involved in establishing Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership. She also led the national team that doubled the volunteering activity in one year in 2008/9.

Caroline explains:

"The canal network includes the country's third largest estate of listed buildings and is a valuable wildlife resource that is home to numerous SSSIs. Our canals and rivers flow through hundreds of communities and provide an important health and leisure resource.

"Over the next few years we want to encourage more community ownership of the waterways which will mean lots of opportunities to get involved in something fun, really rewarding and of considerable benefit to the community and its waterways heritage."