Non-Executive Directors appointed to Board of Scottish Canals

The Minister for Transport and Islands today announced the appointment of Cathie Bankier and Dr Deborah Benson as Non-Executive Directors of 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’.

Cathie Bankier is currently head of business change at Scottish Water and has a background in technology and business change. She worked in the healthcare sector and for local government before moving to West of Scotland Water then Scottish Water in 2002. Cathie has held a number of positions at Scottish Water including systems and processes manager and asset management business change manager before taking up her current role in 2013. She is an experienced leader and qualified leadership coach with a strong people focus. Cathie has a proven track record of delivering significant improvements in performance with strong governance against challenging objectives. She brings her strengths in portfolio, programme and project management, business change and communication to this role.

Dr Deborah Benson is an experienced businesswoman with over 20 years experience as a director and non-executive director in the commercial and third sectors. She has run large scale development and construction companies and set up her own businesses. Deborah now works as a leadership development consultant and non-executive director. She also writes articles and speaks on leadership and communities. She 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 2015 to 30 June 2018.

This appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £240 for a time commitment of up to 20 days per annum.

None of the appointees 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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