South West Water recruits outgoing CEO of Cornwall Wildlife Trust

South West Water has announced the appointment of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Cadman, who will be taking on a new senior leadership role focusing on the delivery of the company’s environmental plans to protect and enhance the environment.

Carolyn has been Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s CEO since 2018 and was also Deputy Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership and Chair of the Cornwall Catchment Partnership.

Before this, Carolyn worked in national roles for Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation, and in the South West region for the Unitary Authority of Cornwall Council.

In her new role as Director of Natural Resources, Carolyn will be responsible for developing and delivering South West Water’s whole catchment plans and environmental policies. A key part of this will be engaging stakeholders and partners from across the region to support the company’s work to protect rivers, increase biodiversity and tackle climate change.

Commenting on Carolyn’s appointment, Susan Davy, Chief Executive Officer for Pennon, which owns South West Water, said: “We’re delighted that Carolyn will be joining South West Water. We have worked with Carolyn for a number of years during her time at Cornwall Wildlife Trust. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in environmental policy and protection which she will bring to the role while spearheading our pioneering catchment Upstream Thinking Programme.”

Carolyn Cadman said: “Working with communities and businesses to restore nature and tackle climate change has been a key focus of my career over the past 20 years. I’m excited to bring the skills, experience and relationships I have developed to South West Water at this critical time for both planet health and economic recovery.”

Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been a delivery partner for South West Water’s Upstream Thinking initiative for over 10 years, providing advice and support to local landowners and farmers resulting in improvements to drinking water quality, as well as the environment and wildlife.



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