Pre-season Audio Special with Mike Wheeler


A new season of the pod will be landing soon – and we have some exciting news about our name too! Whilst you wait for Season 3 enjoy this short audio special with a powerful story from Mike Wheeler of the Canal & River Trust in the UK.


This audio was recorded as part of the first WEM Pride online event, for members of the Water and Environmental Management LGBTQ+ community and their allies who would like to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in the WEM sector. WEM Pride provides LGBTQ+ people a safe space to share stories to support their community and increase education on the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the WEM sector.

Speakers aim to focus on how far we’ve come in the WEM world in relation to LGBTQ+ issues, the importance of being an ally and what it’s like to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community within the WEM sector.

Mike Wheeler is a Senior Water Engineer at the Canal & River Trust and a Chartered CIWEM member. Mike joined the Trust in 1996 as a Lock Keeper and for the past 11 years has worked in the Water Management Team. Mike is a ‘Rainbow Ally’ at the Trust, helping to champion diversity and inclusion within the organisation.