British Waterways has appointed Aiden Johnson-Hugill as a development manager for its expanding development programme.

Johnson-Hugill will be responsible for bringing forward development in south west and south east of England, excluding London. He previously worked for Amec Developments, Atisreal and Taylor Woodrow.

Stuart Mills, British Waterways’ head of property, said: ‘Historically, the only way for us to unlock the value of our property was to sell it. In recent years, however, and with the support of Government, we have become much more active in the development and regeneration of waterside land, establishing a number of joint ventures with public and private sector partners.’

British Waterways owns 1,700 properties worth more than £520m. In recent years it has formed joint ventures with property firms such as Canary Wharf Group and Miller Developments to build mixed-use developments.

The public corporation last week appointed Atisreal to manage its day-to-day property portfolio, to enable its in-house property team to focus more on development.