Navigation advisory group

Maintaining canal and river navigations for use by boats is at the core of what the Trust does. We want to ensure that our managers’ decisions are well informed by those who navigate the waterways regularly.

Boat on the canal Boat on the canal

The Navigation Advisory Group comprises boaters with a variety of backgrounds to bring as broad a range of perspectives as possible to decision making.

The Group covers advice relating to safety standards, waterway operation, maintenance & repairs, and customer service standards.

Sue Cawson

Historic narrowboat owner and champion of navigation issues for the Historic Narrowboat Club. Current chair of SUFBRS – the society responsible for the care and restoration of fly boat Saturn.

David Fletcher

Engineering consultant in the oil industry, boat owner and Chairman of the National Association of Boat Owners.

Mike Carter

Committee member of the Commercial Boat Operators' Association (CBOA), owner of a mooring basin and more latterly owner and proprietor of a repair yard/dry dock. Currently operates as a marine surveyor and consultant. Owns two historic craft. Mike was appointed as chair of the Navigation Operations (sub group) from Spring 2013

Kevin East

Professional background in the telecoms industry on the civil and mechanical engineering side. Waterway and environment manager at Canoe England and a member of the Canoe Camping Club National Council.

Nigel Stevens

Nigel and his wife operate a hire fleet and full service boatyard with moorings in Yorkshire. Nigel was a Waterway Recovery Group organiser, and chairman of London IWA in the early 70s and later worked for the restoration of the Rochdale Canal.  He is a past chairman of the British Waterways Advisory Forum and the Association of Pleasure Craft Operators. He is a member of the North West Regional Advisory Board and served in the Trust’s first Council as an elected member for boating business.

Gareth Jones

Gareth has 25 years boating experience and currently lives on a narrowboat moored in a marina on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal.  He has travelled and continues to travel the canal network extensively and has also worked for a season as a trip boat skipper running a boat across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Gareth is a member of the RBOA

Steve Wood

Steve lives on a converted historic working boat and travels the canal network extensively. He is passionate about the canals and restoration and is a Committee member and work party organiser for the Burslem Port Trust, leads the Uttoxeter Canal project, and is Deputy Chairman of IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch.  His IT skills have assisted these organisations to build websites and he has subsequently built a business around this.

Lee Wilshire

Lee lives and works from his boat in London. He previously sat on the Trust's Licensing and Mooring Advisory Group and was involved in the development of the London Mooring Stratgey.

NAG operations is administered by Matthew Symonds, Canal & River Trust Head of Boating (Leisure) and supported by David Baldacchino, Canal & River Trust Head of Safety & Operations Support.

Council member Vaughan Welch sits on this group as an observer to ensure that the wider council is kept fully briefed on its work. 

The NAG operations also oversees mooring issues through a sub group.

Last date edited: 7 February 2020