A £3.7 million project that aims to offers everyone the opportunity to explore, enhance and celebrate the culture, heritage and environment of the Tees Valley and its communities has appointed a new manager to oversee its implementation.
Groundwork North East & Cumbria has appointed Tom Watson as Partnership Manager for the River Tees Rediscovered Partnership, a Heritage Lottery Funded project, which aims to highlight the importance of the Tees as a national feature. It also celebrates the river’s pivotal role in the physical and cultural development of the region through a series of community programmes and activities, heritage skills-training and conservation projects.
In his new role, Tom will be responsible for developing partnerships and relationships with communities, organisations and business to drive environmental change and economic growth in the Tees Valley area.
Tom has a wealth of experience in the charitable and environmental sectors, having previous managed his own social enterprises, including The Warm Age Wood Company which aimed to tackle fuel poverty and combat social isolation amongst elderly and vulnerable people.
Groundwork NE & Cumbria is a social enterprise and charity dedicated to improving people’s lives. It achieves this through a wide range of life-enhancing projects, of which River Tees Rediscovered is just one.
Kate Culverhouse, Chief Executive of Groundwork North East & Cumbria, said: “We’re extremely pleased to have Tom on board for the River Tees Rediscovered scheme. He brings with him experience, connections and passion that will be of great benefit as the scheme progresses over the next five years.”
Tom said: “I’m really excited to be taking on this new challenge. River Tees Rediscovered is a fantastic opportunity to explore, improve and celebrate the River Tees area”
“I want the project to be more than the sum of its parts; to make a lasting impact on the landscape and the communities of the River Tees area. The Tees Valley is a vibrant place with a wealth of history and its people are passionately proud of their area. We want to harness this to ensure that the region is seen as the fantastic place to visit, live and work, both locally and nationally.”
Any business, organisations and individual who would like to be involved with the River Tees Rediscovered project are encouraged to contact Tom Watson Tom.watson@groundwork.