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.
Tim grew up sharing a passion for canals with his Dad. He has operated hotel boats, trip boats and commercial vessels. Until recently he was an Associate Director of an outdoor theatre and events company show casing both large scale international productions and using arts to develop social inclusion projects locally. Tim is skilled in all aspects of historic narrow boat restoration and currently operates a boat repair yard and a 1930’s vintage camping narrow boat introducing youth groups to the beauty of our waterways. He lives with his family running a small holding by the canal.
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.
Matthew is regional director for the East Midlands with Sustrans and oversees a range of projects throughout the region. He is also spokesperson for sustainable transport issues. He has a background in sustainable development, climate change and environmental regeneration based work.
Employed by the Environment Agency and its predecessors for 30 years until retiring in 2002 managing aquatic environments, biodiversity and fisheries. Trustee for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for 18 years, Chair for five years and currently an executive Vice President and a director of East Midlands Environmental Consultancy. Vice President of the Institute of Fisheries Management and an Honorary Fellow and in 2010 was awarded an MBE for services to fisheries management and conservation. Trustee with the Trent Rivers Trust since 2015. Valerie is passionate about our waterways heritage and the wildlife of canals and has a narrowboat, Bittern, moored in Nottingham.
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.
David is a consultant on rural and agricultural engineering projects including waterways, and presently a retained consultant with Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership and honorary engineer for Sleaford Navigation Trust (SNT). David is also an active volunteer with IWA Festivals, (waterspace director) and SNT, and also with the Canal & River Trust in London for the 2012 Olympic Games. David is a chartered engineer and has a narrowboat moored at Sileby Mill on the River Soar.
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: 11 February 2019