South West Water’s Director of Natural Resources, Carolyn Cadman, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the pioneering Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW).
The CREWW research centre is a joint initiative between South West Water and the University of Exeter which will undertake research into some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.
Carolyn’s appointment comes around the two-year anniversary of the signing of the ground-breaking agreement between the water company and the University. The centre is due to officially open in March next year.
The appointment is a natural progression for Carolyn, who within her role at South West Water oversees two projects being researched through the CREWW partnership – Upstream Thinking and Catchment Systems Thinking Cooperative (CaSTCo).
Upstream Thinking is an award-winning catchment management programme delivered in partnership with Westcountry Rivers Trust, the Wildlife Trusts in Devon and Cornwall, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group and South West Lakes Trust. The programme involves working with landowners to look at how land is managed to drive improvements in raw water quality in rivers across the region.
The research project with CREWW is aimed at understanding and quantifying the impact of such programmes on both water quality and financial savings for water utilities.
CaSTCo is a project aimed at revolutionising the way crucial data about England and Wales’ water environment is gathered and shared, in particular on the health of the nation’s rivers.
Susan Davy, CEO of Pennon said:
“CREWW is undertaking important research to understand how we can best protect and enhance the natural environment. By bringing together South West Water colleagues and academics under one roof we can continue to tackle some of the key environmental challenges we face as a region and as an idustry. We are very proud that Carolyn has been appointed to the Board of CREWW and I am excited to see the results that come from this ground-breaking partnership.”
Professor Richard Brazier, co-director of CREWW from the University of Exeter, said:
“The addition of Carolyn to our CREWW Executive Board is a welcome one. Carolyn’s previous experience at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and her ongoing efforts as Director of Natural Resources for South West Water aligns brilliantly with the ambitions set out by our joint research centre. We look forward to building on our existing relationships with Carolyn towards the advancement of CREWW.”