Appointments to the Board of Scottish Canals

The Minister for Transport and Islands has announced two new appointments to the Board of Scottish Canals, Carolyn Sawers and Wilma Kelly, who join as Non-Executive Directors. The Minister also announced the re-appointment of Martin Latimer.

Scottish Canals – the operating name for British Waterways Board – is a Scottish public body which is responsible for the statutory maintenance and the future development of Scotland’s canals and regeneration of the areas around the canal network. Scottish Canals operate in line with Scottish Government policy as set out in the document ‘Making the most of Scotland’s canals’.

Carolyn Sawers is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of the Corra Foundation which makes grants to and works with community groups and charities across Scotland. She was previously the head of policy and learning with the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland. Carolyn brings experience in strategy development and delivery along with knowledge of the voluntary sector and social enterprise to the Board of Scottish Canals.

Wilma Kelly is an experienced businesswoman with over 20 years experience as a director and non-executive director in global utilities and consultancy. She brings corporate governance expertise in finance, strategy, risk management, and health and safety to the Board. Wilma was an executive at energy generation and infrastructure businesses during periods of significant transformation and regeneration following investment. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Accountants. She is currently a board member at the Clyde Valley Housing Association. Wilma also brings business and entrepreneurial skills to her new role at Scottish Canals.

These appointments will be for 3 years and will run from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021.

Martin Latimer has been involved in waterfront regeneration, development and stakeholder relations at Director and Managing Director level in the Scottish marine leisure industry for over 40 years. Martin has been on the Board of Scottish Canals since its formation in 2012 and brings a passion for regeneration and community development to the Board, as well as an understanding of boating as a user of the canals.

The reappointment will be for 1 year and will run from July 2, 2018 to July 1, 2019.

All three appointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £240 per day for a time commitment of up to 20 days per year.

The appointees do not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. The appointees have not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

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