After at least five years of trying to find another job, enforcement officer Corrine Rotherham has finally left CRT. Many amongst the liveaboard boating community will breathe a sigh of relief. Her job is currently being covered by enforcement officer Matthew Preston, who can be contacted at email@example.com
Since being appointed in 2009 Ms Rotherham carried out her role with a bewildering mixture of friendliness and bullying. Some boaters commented that she tended to bully those who were ill or otherwise vulnerable whilst attempting to make friends with boaters who seemed strong and capable. She was described by one person as “a bully… the most obnoxious person I have come across”. Some boaters received friendship, support and assistance with enforcement issues that could otherwise have ended in the loss of their homes. Others were on the receiving end of bullying and harassment, such as constant phone calls asking when they were going to move their boats or being told not to bother getting a doctor’s letter to prove they were injured.
Ms Rotherham gained notoriety among certain residents of Bradford on Avon after shouting “You’re in trouble for overstaying” at a local house-dweller who had knocked on the door of a friend’s boat. She refused to believe him when he told her he was not a boater, even when he suggested she should follow him home to prove he lived in a house!
In 2013 Ms Rotherham made a complaint of sexual harassment against fellow enforcement officer Russell Bennett, who left CRT employment after being advised by his solicitor that the complaint would result in his dismissal and that his best course of action would be to get another job while he still had a clean disciplinary record. Ms Rotherham also reportedly did not get on with her line manager and regional enforcement supervisor Shelia Shaw.
In September 2016 Ms Rotherham led the seizure of a boat without a home mooring that was a vulnerable woman’s home while she was asleep inside it. The woman, who suffers from epilepsy, was later rushed to hospital in an ambulance as the stress of the eviction had caused her condition to become critical.