National Advisory Group Opportunities

Our National Advisory Groups provide our management with specialist advice and guidance. The groups help to shape policy and plans, and guides our decisions in the areas of each group's specialism.

National Angling Advisory Group

Call for new members

Can you help us meet our fisheries and angling challenges?

The National Angling Advisory Group is one of several national advisory groups that provide the Canal & River Trust management with specialist advice and guidance. These groups help to shape policy and plans and guide the Trust’s decisions in the areas of their specialism. 

The focus of the National Angling Advisory Group is on strategic and technical issues relating to the challenges of managing 2,000 miles of artificial and heavily modified waterways for a wide range of public benefits.

50% of the population of England & Wales live within five miles of one of our waterways and we host over 10 million people every year who make 250 million individual visits on foot, bike, by boat and to fish. We are the largest owners of freshwater fishing rights in the UK and the replacement value of our fish stock assets is around £40 million.

Many of our fisheries are SSSI’s. Our issues include angling development and the lack of the next generation coming into canal fishing, protected species, the impacts of non-native invasive species, water quality; fisheries habitat management; fish passage and the numerous customer-related issues that have been identified and appear in our various waterway-based Fisheries & Angling action plans which have emanated from the Trust’s Angling strategy

Members are appointed by the Chief Executive and serve for terms of up to three years which are renewable.


The Trust is now looking for up to four new members to be appointed during 2019.

The group typically meets three times a year. Matters to be considered are jointly agreed by the group members and the National Fisheries & Angling Manager, and the group reports regularly to the Chief Executive on its advice and recommendations.

We are looking for candidates who have recognised expertise in one or more of the main areas of fisheries and angling for the Trust:

  • Freshwater fisheries management
  • Freshwater fisheries and conservation
  • Angling development & coaching
  • Commercial fisheries management
  • Angling Club administration and development
  • Angling, health and wellbeing
  • Fisheries and angling history and heritage
  • Competition Angling on canals, rivers and commercial fisheries

A wide experience of legislation, public engagement or policy-making in the environmental sphere, is also desirable, as is experience of:

  • fundraising and volunteering
  • community engagement
  • wider partnership working in areas such as heritage, environment, community development, sustainable transport, leisure, arts, sport 

Candidates must be team players who can work effectively with the rest of the group and management team, and we ask all members of the group to act in the best interests of the waterways rather than to represent any particular interests/causes or their employer.

The roles are voluntary with agreed expenses reimbursed.

Role description

How to apply

If you would like to apply to be a member of the National Angling Advisory Group, please complete our simple application form, with a short cv, making clear why the role is of interest and setting-out your experience and qualifications for the role. Applications to be returned to

The closing date has been extended to 5pm on Friday 15 November 2019.

If you wish to discuss further, please contact John Ellis, National Fisheries & Angling Manager by email: or by phone on 0303 040 4040.

Please pass on this information to others who may be interested in this role.

Canal & River Trust actively encourages diversity in all areas of the organisation to fully reflect the diversity of the communities around the waterways and to achieve a balance of genders. Applications from candidates who can help the Trust achieve this objective will be welcome.

Last date edited: 31 October 2019