The executive directors manage the everyday operation of the Trust. They develop policy and strategy for approval by the trustees and are responsible for ensuring the continuing success of the waterways through the management of an expert and committed 1,600-strong workforce.

Richard Parry, chief executive

Richard Parry

Richard joined the Trust in July 2013 from FirstGroup, where he headed up First's bid in 2012 for the InterCity West Coast line. He also led First's highly-regarded Hull Trains company as well as other wider development programmes across First's rail businesses.

Before that he spent 19 years at London Underground (LU) and Transport for London (TfL) where he had a range of senior roles, spending eight years as a director of LU, including a year as interim LU managing director (2009-10), and then a further 18 months as deputy managing director, TfL Rail and Underground (2010-11).


Stuart Mills, property director

Stuart Mills

A chartered surveyor, Stuart joined the Canal & River Trust in 1990 after working with private sector property consultants, Drivers Jonas. He has worked extensively across the country in various property roles, and more recently, as head of property, was responsible for setting up a number of joint ventures.

Stuart is responsible for property development, investment, estates, strategic planning, urban design, utilities, joint ventures, boating trade and online moorings.


Vincent Moran, operations director

Vince Moran

Vince joined the Canal & River Trust following extensive personnel and general management experience in production, manufacturing and service activities with the coal industry and Chubb Security plc.

 Vince is responsible for operations (the waterway units), safety (including BSS), workshops, workboats, engineering, project management, water & environment and heritage.


Philip Ridal, finance director

Philip Ridal

A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, Philip has held a variety of financial roles in UK listed property companies, including the Mowlem construction group, and is the former finance director of Manchester Airports Group plc.

Philip is responsible for financial control, forecasting & planning, management information, tax & accounting, insurance, ICT, shared service centre, procurement, green plan and BWML.

Unfortunately, in October Philip announced his plans to retire at the end of June 2015 on his 62nd birthday. In order to achieve a smooth handover, the process to find Philip’s successor is underway so that the appointee can work alongside Philip for a period before his departure.


Simon Salem, marketing and fundraising director

Simon Salem

Simon has over 25 years’ experience of marketing, PR, corporate affairs and fundraising. Before joining the Canal & River Trust he worked for London Transport. He has worked extensively in the leisure and tourism industry.

Simon is responsible for marketing, fundraising, enterprise, Comms (external & internal), customer services, boating policy, licence enforcement, volunteering, education & interpretation and angling & fisheries.

After more than 26 years’ service to the waterways Simon Salem has decided to retire in June 2015. Simon joined British Waterways as marketing development manager in 1988, having previously worked at London Underground, and rose to become a director.  He played a significant role in helping to create, launch and establish the Canal & River Trust and set up its fundraising and volunteering teams.