Meet the Canal & River Trust's Trustees

Our 11 Trustees are legally responsible for overseeing the work towards our charitable objectives. Trustees are the unpaid board directors of our Trust, taking collective decisions on policy and overarching strategy and providing oversight of the executive directors. Our Board of Trustees is chaired by Tony Hales CBE. 


Lynne BerryLynne Berry, OBE

Lynne Berry is Chair of the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing; Deputy-Chair of Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways); SID at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust; Senior Fellow at Cass Business School; and sits on the FT’s NED Advisory Board. Previous appointments include CEO of WRVS, the General Social Care Council, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Family Welfare Association, and she was Executive Director (CEO) of the Charity Commission. Government appointments include the Office of Civil Society Advisory Board and several Better Regulation Task Forces. Lynne is a Board member of the International Women’s Forum and co-founder of Women in Public Policy.

Lynne is a member of the Audit Committee, Joint Council & Trustees Appointments Committee, and the Nominations Committee 

Manish Chande

Manish Chande is Senior Partner of Clearbell Capital, a private real estate group that specialises in UK commercial property investment and development. He has been in the real estate business for 28 years.  Prior to Clearbell, Manish co-founded Mountgrange. Before Mountgrange, Manish was on the main board of Land Securities plc. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive Officer of Trillium, a company he co-founded in 1997. He was responsible for leading Trillium to become the UK’s primary total property outsourcer, overseeing the strategy, direction and implementation of all aspects of the business.  Prior to Trillium, Manish worked at Imry Merchant Developers plc, and was first appointed as Finance Director, and then as Chief Executive in 1995. Manish originally trained as a chartered accountant and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1980. In 2003, he was appointed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as a Commissioner of English Heritage, and in 2007 was appointed a Trustee of The London Clinic, one of the UK’s premier private hospitals. In June 2008, Manish was elected a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 

Manish is a member of the Investments Committee

Jane Cotton

Jane Cotton has been human resources director and a deputy chief executive of Oxfam for the past 11 years. Prior to this, she worked in Departments of Transport and Environment in both policy and human resources roles. In the 1990s, she was resources director of the Charity Commission and human resources director of the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions. She brings particular expertise in organisational development and change management; also in volunteering, fundraising and charity governance. 

Jane is a member of the Remuneration Committee

John Dodwell

John Dodwell qualified as a chartered accountant and then moved into corporate finance and corporate law. He is a former finance director or chair of several property companies (including arranging joint ventures), a former charity trustee (including dealing with investments) and has been a member since 1961 of the Inland Waterways Association (of which he was general secretary 1970-73). John is the former chair of the Commercial Boat Operators Association. Having sailed dinghies, fished and canoed on the River Thames and elsewhere in his youth, he went on to hire cruisers over most of the network, enjoying the waterways’ built and natural environment. He now owns an historic narrowboat. 

John is a member of the Audit Committee, and the Investments Committee

Frances Done, TrusteeFrances Done, CBE

Frances was Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales for six years until January 2014.  A chartered accountant for 38 years, Frances worked for KPMG before becoming Director of Finance and then Chief Executive of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council. From 2000-2003, Frances was Chief Executive of Manchester 2002 Ltd – the company responsible for organising the successful Manchester Commonwealth Games.  Subsequently, she held the post of Managing Director for Local Government, Housing and Criminal Justice at the Audit Commission with responsibility for the Commission’s audit and inspection work in relation to local government in England.  After leaving the Audit Commission, Frances was interim Director General of the Royal British Legion.  Frances was also Chair of The Waterways Trust from 2003–2012 when it merged with Canal & River Trust.  She enjoys walking the canals and boating and lives in Cheshire.

Frances is a member of the Audit Committee

Tom FranklinTom Franklin

Tom Franklin is Chief Executive of Think Global, a membership charity that works to educate and engage people about global issues such as climate change and sustainability. He was previously Chief Executive of the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity. He is currently a member of the Independent Panel on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England. He was previously a local authority councillor for twelve years, including a period as council leader, and was an expert adviser on ‘Better Public Spaces’ to the Beacon Council Awards Scheme, and was Chief Executive of Living Streets, a charity promoting better streets and public spaces for pedestrians. 

Tom is a member of the Joint Council & Trustees Appointments Committee, the Remuneration Committee, and the Nominations Committee

Ben Gordon

Ben Gordon studied as a civil engineer specialising in hydraulics before obtaining an MBA from INSEAD and holding senior positions at WHSmith and Disney prior to becoming chief executive of Mothercare for nine years until 2011.  He holds a number of non-executive director positions.

Tony Hales, CBE (Chair)

Tony was formerly Chairman of British Waterways. He is also a non-Executive Director of Capital and Regional plc and Chairman of NAAFI Pension Fund Trustees. He was previously Chairman of Workspace Group plc, Chief Executive of Allied Domecq, a non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank plc, Welsh Water plc and Aston Villa plc, and Chairman of NAAFI. He is a Trustee of the Welsh National Opera and a Trustee of the Services Sound and Vision Corporation. 

Tony is a member of the Joint Council & Trustees Appointments Committee, the Remuneration Committee, the Investments Committee, and the Nominations Committee

Allan LeightonAllan Leighton

Allan Leighton was formerly CEO of Asda Plc, chairman of the Royal Mail and has and does hold a number of non-executive chairmanships including Pace Plc, Pandora AS, and BSkyB. He was also chairman of Race for Opportunity and an Ambassador for Prince Charles in Business in the Community. He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard and has Honorary Degrees from Cranfield and an Honorary Fellowship from University of Lancashire. He is a Patron of Breast Cancer Care and a keen canal runner.

 Simon Thurley, CBE

Simon was educated at London University where he took an MA and a PhD. After working for English Heritage in the 1980s, he went to be curator of Historic Royal Palaces for eight years. In 1998, he moved to be director of the Museum of London and, in 2003, chief executive of English Heritage. Simon is an historian specialising in English architectural history and has written many books and presented television programmes on the subject.

Simon is a member of the Investments Committee

Steve Shine, OBE

Steve was Thames Water’s Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Main Board. He Left Thames in 2012 to take on new challenges. Steve started his career with London Electricity Board in 1973 as an apprentice Electrician, whilst working he qualified as an Electrical Power Engineer and later took degrees in Management, Marketing and finally a Masters in Business in 1993.  Steve worked his way through various roles in the electricity business and became the MD of London Electricity Contracting and a member the Executive Board of London Electricity (later EDF) in 1996.  In 2000 he worked to form a Joint Venture between Eastern Electricity and London Electricity known as 24Seven and became the MD of this very successful company. In 2003 Steve left the Electricity sector to become the CEO of SGB UK, part of Harsco Corporation (an industrial services company), where he transformed the performance of the business. In 2010, Steve was awarded the OBE by the Queen for services to industry.  Apart from Steve’s role with CRT he is the Chairman of Anesco, RTP, UKDN Waterflow and SL Solar.  He also undertakes some interim roles and is currently the CEO of Veolia Water.

Steve is a member of the Audit Committee, and the Remuneration Committee