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Minister for waterways Lord Whitty announced today that George ...
Minister for waterways Lord Whitty announced today that George

Greener has been re-appointed as chairman of British Waterways (BW)

for a further three years. His current appointment ends on 9 July 2002.

Announcing the appointment on behalf of DEFRA and the Scottish

executive Lord Whitty said:

'I am delighted that George Greener has agreed to continue as

chairman of British Waterways for a further three years. This is an

exciting and challenging time for BW. George Greener's strong

commercial background and strategic leadership have been invaluable

as BW continues to unlock the potential of the waterways network, and

development the government's vision set out in Waterways for



1. British Waterways is a public corporation. It is responsible for

navigation on 2,000 miles (3,250 kilometres) of canals and inland

waterways. The network is a major tourism and leisure resort, and

is used for commercial freight traffic in some areas. BW reports to

the Scottish executive on its activities in Scotland.

2. Waterways for Tomorrow explained that the government wishes to

increase the economic, environmental and social benefits offered by

the waterways by encouraging their improvement, development and


3. Dr Greener, who is 56, is also chairman of The Big Food Group

(formerly Iceland), and was group chief executive of Hillsdown

Holdings from 1996 to 1998. He currently holds a number of

non-executive directorships, including Reckitt Benckiser PLC. From

1991 to 1996 he worked for BAT Industries PLC, first as chief

executive of Allied Dunbar (from 1991 to 1993), and then as chief

executive of BAT Financial Services (1994 to 1996). Before that he

held a number of senior positions with Mars Incorporated. He

trained as a research chemist.

4. Dr Greener has not been involved in any political activity

during the past five years. He holds no other ministerial appointment.

5. The appointment is for three years, and will commence on 10 July

2002. It attracts remuneration of£65,000 per annum based on a three

day working week.

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