CAREERS: How I Got Here - Tav Kazmi, project liaison manager, The Waterways Trust

What was your first job?

I did some temporary research work for Brent Council, which developed into a policy and projects officer post.

What does your current role involve? Britain's canals are being restored faster than they were originally built. I represent the trust's interests in a range of projects, from the £24 million restoration of the Rochdale Canal, to the building of a £6 million Millennium Ribble Link, to the establishment of an independent waterway grant-giving body.

Roughly outline your career path? After training as an engineer, I did a MSc in water and environmental management. My role at Brent developed and I moved to the Wembley project team in 1999, a multi-disciplinary group dealing with the regeneration of Wembley, including the infamous national stadium redevelopment. I joined the Waterways Trust in late 2001.

What training or course has most enhanced your career?

A refresher course for project managers taught by a very evangelical American trainer and organised by Pryor Seminars.

It helped provide focus and has long since inspired my work.

What has been your greatest career achievement?

Before leaving Brent, I was thrilled to secure the final piece of a £1.5 million funding jigsaw for an initiative to redevelop the River Brent, turning it back into something that people could be really proud of.

What has been your greatest career disappointment?

Not seeing a new national stadium (or anything else for that matter) rise from the old Wembley site, which remains a blot on the landscape.

Are there any charities you support financially, or with time?

I've been a regular donor to Water Aid for the past seven years. It's a fantastic charity which tackles an important task.

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