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Paul Henbrey - Director

Paul has been with the Mersey Rivers Trust since November 2016 following a 36 year career in the water industry. Previous roles include Head of Ww Strategy, Ww Process Manager and Project Manager.

Experienced Strategic Planner, Project Manager and Asset Manager. Led the development of United Utilities Catchment Wise initiative aimed at supporting the CaBA and encouraging partnership working.

Current Role – Director MRT

John Sanders - Director

Director - Strategy and Project Development

Caroline Riley - Senior Project Manager

Caroline is a Senior Project Manager for the Mersey Rivers Trust. She has many years' sustainability experience in the water industry and the not-for-profit sector. Caroline has experience of the public, private and third sectors and has developed stakeholder mapping and engagement. Caroline has been involved in implementing the Water Framework Directive in catchments for 17 years. She now manages a team of project managers in the Mersey river basin, delivering projects and bringing water management to the local level.

As well as leading projects, she is also managing the Alt/Crossens and Lower Mersey Catchment Partnerships using the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA).

Lindsay Beaton - Senior Project Manager

Senior Project Manager for Greater Manchester/Cheshire.

Manages the Upper Mersey Catchment Partnership.

Mike Duddy - Senior Project Manager

Mike was the sole member of the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust who joined up with the Healthy Rivers Trust in 2017. He is a keen angler and is helping to develop the Mersey Rivers Trust Fisheries Action Plan. As a Senior Project Manager, he is responsble for projects and events on North Manchester's rivers.

Sal Potts - Senior Project Manager

Sally is a Senior Project Manager with over 12 years experience in the field of countryside management, and more recent experience of project management and community development.  As a Country Park Warden at various sites in North Wales, Sally was involved in controlling Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) at ecologically sensitive sites, carrying out restoration of limestone grassland and maritime heathland, surveying for rare species and delivering educational programmes to schools.  Sally began her career as a volunteer for the Great Basin Institute where she was involved in delivery of desert habitat restoration projects and creating public access in the Great Basin National Park, Nevada, USA.

In her current position as Senior Project Manager, Sally co-ordinates a strategic, catchment-wide response to the threat of INNS in the Bollin Catchment as well as developing projects to address water quality issues in this area.  Liaising with over 20 stakeholder members, landowners and farmers she delivers practical conservation work, and also provides educational and training opportunities for local communities.

Paul Corner - Project Manager

Paul is a Project Manager delivering projects in the Lower Mersey and the Alt/Crossens Catchments.

Paul is a qualified Ecologist who has worked in environmental project management and wildlife conservation for over 16 years including eight years with the Mersey Basin Campaign. His experience includes employment with BTCV (now TCV), Cheshire Wildlife Trust, and the Canal & River Trust as well as with Merseyside Environmental Advisor Service where he was lead officer on the development of the Liverpool City Region Ecological Framework. Paul has a BSc in Countryside Management and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). 

Rebecca Howard - Project Manager

Rebecca joined the Trust in November 2016 after graduating from Lancaster University with a BSc (Hons) Physical Geography degree. She took on the role of Project Coordinator for the ‘Call of Nature’ project in Alt/Crossens. Her current role involves leading on projects and organising volunteer events, primarily in the Lower Mersey and Alt/Crossens catchments. She is also the MRT GIS user.

Warren Andrew - Project Manager

Warren started his working life with a 4 year apprenticeship in engineering and later moved into construction (architectural glazing). More recently he worked in building and property maintenance. Before coming to MRT, Warren was contracted to North West Ambulance Service where he was the area manager of the Ambulance Make Ready teams in Mcr Central and Wigan stations. 

Warren has been angler for 4 decades and fished through all the various disciplines. He began fly fishing in his late teens and is really passionate about fly fishing and fly tying. He has fly fished all over the country from the River Tweed, Teviot and Clyde down to the southern chalkstreams of the rivers Test, Itchen and Frome and flies out to Bosnia every year to fish the river Ribnik and Pliva. He started guiding and teaching fly fishing 3 to 4 years ago and he loves passing on his knowledge and sharing his passion for fishing for wild fish.

Abbie Goodby - Project Manager

 Abbie graduated from Bangor University with a masters degree in Zoology with Conservation and, after the end of the summer season doing outdoor education, she was successful in getting her first industry job as a Project Manager at Mersey Rivers Trust. Abbie helps with organising events and supporting projects, including the Norbury Projects. Abbie has a few tickets to help with the outdoor work and is looking forward to continue to learn more.

Abbey Andersen Hides - Project Manager

Abbey is a Project Manager delivering projects and events in the Lower Mersey and Alt/Crossens catchments.

Previously Abbey had a varied career in education, events and conservation. She has over 7 years experience of delivering events, most recently within a zoological collection. She has been involved in connecting local communities to the natural environment through supporting a native species monitoring programme with a specific interest in amphibians. She has also developed and delivered educational workshops and talks for schools, led kids clubs activities and engagement events for the wider public, all with the aim to get people excited about being outside in nature and learning about the animals we share our world with.

Abbey has a BA in Anthropology and African Studies and a MA in Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions.

Abi Cutler - Project Manager

Abi is a Project Manager delivering habitat restoration and engagement projects in the Upper Mersey catchment. Abi came from a chemistry background and worked in inorganic environmental testing and quality control before finding her calling in the environmental sector. Before joining the Mersey Rivers Trust Abi gained experience and tickets in practical conservation with Lancashire Wildlife Trust and The Conservation Volunteers. She has a BSc in Chemistry, a diploma in work-based environmental conservation, and is currently studying towards a master’s degree in Conservation Biology.

Heather Tippin - Project Manager

Heather was the Water Environmental Management Trainee on the Bollin and is now a Project Manager. She graduated from Manchester University with a Zoology degree and previously worked as a research assistant for Ground work Greater Manchester. Since starting at Mersey Rivers Trust she has been involved in invasive species control, riverbank restoration and public engagement events. Heather enjoys getting out and about on rivers, be that kayaking, paddleboarding or swimming so she knows first-hand how important our rivers are to our own wellbeing as well as the environment.

Nicola Henbrey - Administration Officer

Nicola has previously worked within the Hospitality industry for 10 years before moving over into the Administration side for the last 4 years. Nicola joined the trust in November 2020 and handles the day to day admin, finance and purchasing.

Yana Smethurst - Trainee

Yana is our New to Nature Trainee. Her role involves working across the whole of the Mersey catchment, helping to deliver environmental enhancement and public engagement projects. Although this is Yana’s first job in the environmental sector, she has many outdoor hobbies including camping, paddleboarding and outdoor swimming.



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