Members Reappointed to the Board of Scottish Canals

The Minister for Transport and Islands today announced the re-appointment of Tanya Castell and Martin Latimer to the Board of Scottish Canals.

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’.

Tanya Castell is a risk and regulatory expert with over 25 years experience in financial services. During this time she developed extensive risk and corporate governance expertise.  She was responsible for implementing a variety of organisation wide change programmes including addressing cultural change. Mrs Castell also has a number of other non-executive director appointments primarily in the financial services sector. She also works on a voluntary basis to promote diversity of thought in the Boardroom through the charity, Changing the Chemistry, which she founded and chairs. The Minister for Transport and Islands has appointed Mrs Castell as Vice Chair from July 2, 2015. She will also continue to Chair the Audit & Risk Committee.

Martin Latimer has been involved at Director and Managing Director level in the Scottish marine leisure industry for 35 years. Martin has been heavily involved in the development of the Scottish Marine Tourism Strategy at industry, public sector and government level. Mr Latimer has been involved in waterfront regeneration, development and stakeholder relations for over 10 years and brings a passion for regeneration and community development to the Board, as well as an in-depth understanding of boating matters.

These reappointments will be for 3 years and will run from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018.

These reappointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £240 for a time commitment of up to 20 days per annum.

None of the reappointees 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. None of the appointees have undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

Sarah O’Loughlin :  0141 272 7198 / 07920 477564

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