British Waterways has appointed a new manager for its North East area based at Leeds.
Jon Horsfall, 39, comes to BW after a successful 20 years at United Utilities. Trained as a chemist, Jon's experience includes operations management, commercial activities, capital investment, water quality, safety and efficiency.
"BW is a custodian of one of the most important network of heritage structures in the country," said Jon. "Since my arrival I've been blown away by the passion and enthusiasm of my new team.
Jon is looking forward to the challenges ahead. "It's an exciting time to join the organisation as we work towards making the move to the third sector and all the challenges this will bring," he said. "My priorities are safety, customer service and increased efficiency and I'm looking forward to meeting our customers as I get to know the patch better in the coming months."