Greener has been re-appointed as chairman of British Waterways (BW)
for a further three years. His current appointment ends on 9 July 2002.
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.