Canal & River Trust promotes head of legal to new GC role

The Canal & River Trust has appointed its first general counsel, after its legal and corporate services director Nigel Johnson announced plans to retire.

He will be replaced by the Trust’s current head of legal, Jackie Lewis. Having joined British Waterways in 2001 and being promoted into the head of legal role in 2007, she will now take on the newly-established general counsel position.

Johnson is set to leave the organisation at end of 2013, after almost 14 years as its legal director. He took up the post in 2000, and remained in the position as British Waterways transitioned into the Canal & River Trust in 2012.

The organisation is not thought to have a formal panel, but sought advice from Eversheds and Bates Wells & Braithwaite when it transformed from British Waterways in 2012.

The Canal & River Trust is responsible for 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, and one of the largest charities in the UK.