The Trent Rivers Trust has appointed Gail Pickles to a newly-created role of Engagement Officer.

Gail, a water ecologist and health and wellbeing practitioner, will support TRT’s work to improve water quality by working with local people and businesses to think and engage with their rivers differently.

The aim is to help foster valuable connections with the urban river environment to ultimately improve the rivers and bring wellbeing benefits too.

TRT is involved in numerous projects to improve the environment in rural and urban areas throughout the Trent catchment. We work with multiple partners including the Environment Agency, utilities providers, farmers, landowners, wildlife trusts, local authorities, other stakeholders and the general public.

Gail joins The Trent Rivers Trust having spent 20 years working at Severn Trent Water. There she held a variety of roles, from managing sewers and sewage works as a process engineer to managing Occupational Health and Wellbeing – including training over 1,000 employees in Mental Health First Aid.

Julie Wozniczka, Senior Project Manager at The Trent Rivers Trust, said:

“We were delighted to appoint Gail from a really strong field of applicants. She brings extensive expertise as a water ecologist and Occupational Health and Wellbeing manager – and she’s a passionate advocate for rivers. She also has considerable experience in working with businesses and of supporting organisations. Gail will make a great addition to the team.”

Gail Pickles said, “I am really excited to have joined The Trent Rivers Trust, where I will be able to combine my experience, my academic training and my passion for rivers and working with people together.”