The main purpose of our regional advisory board is to connect people and communities with the local canals and rivers here in the East Midlands region.
Our boards give local people:
With over 30 years of global business experience, Anil is a Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership board member and Chair of Voluntary Action Leicestershire. He is a Lay Council Member/Governor for the University of Leicester, Governor of North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College, Associate non-Executive Director of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and a member of the Governance Committee for The Science Council.
A New Zealander who has lived in the UK for some 40 years and who worked for British Airways on the business side of IT. Kathryn’s Aunt, Daphne March, who operated her family’s boat, Heather Bell, had the initial idea of women being employed on working narrowboats during WW2 and she inspired her interest in inland waterways. Kathryn lives in the village of Stoke Bruerne where she can often be found doing all sorts of volunteer work. Kathryn recently chaired the South East Boaters’ sub group giving boaters strong representation on the Trust’s South East Waterways Partnership.
Ahtesham was recently President of the De Montfort University Students’ Union, Chair of the Board of Trustees for DSU, as well as having local community connections in the East Midlands area. He is currently a Business Development Consultant. He fits well with the RAB’s wellbeing and community, youth and diversity engagement aspirations and ambitions.
Andy retired from running a successful print & graphic design company to devote time to his passion for paddling and touring the waterways. He has always spent time working with youth, and assesses many Duke of Edinburgh paddling expeditions. Andy organises a 100-mile Canoe Test for youth (now in its 57th year). Until recently he was chair of a successful and busy paddlesport club and has worked as an outdoor instructor. He is the East Midlands Regional Coaching Representative for British Canoeing based in Leicester. In 2017 he paddled the largest circumnavigation of the inland waterways, the 862m Bliss Canoe Trail.
Shirley worked for many years in sales and marketing before moving out to the Middle East with her husband. On her return she worked in administration management with the NHS and now works part time for a small engineering company. She enjoys sewing, cycling and rowing, but most of her spare time is spent volunteering with her local church, Pilgrim Hospital, the Children’s Society and Canal & River Trust.
Jane currently works as a volunteer for the Canal & River Trust as a Lock Keeper on the River Trent, which gives her an ideal understanding and insight into the work of the Trust. Her interest in her local waterways stems back over the past 34 years and she enjoys the interaction and promotion of the waterways with customers and volunteers. Jane is a retired Police Officer having served 30 years in a variety of roles and ranks. Amongst many transferrable skills and abilities, she brings her experience and involvement in partnership and community work at both practical and strategic levels.
Last date edited: 6 January 2020