Opportunities to join our regional advisory boards

It's really important for the people who are passionate about our canals and rivers to have a say in how they are run. Our Regional Advisory Boards give you that chance to support the work the Trust does in your local area.

London & South East Regional Advisory Board Opportunities

East Midlands Regional Advisory Board Opportunities

Yorkshire & North East Regional Advisory Board Opportunities

 

London & South East Regional Advisory Board Opportunities

Message from the Regional Advisory Board Chair, Sir William Atkinson

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the London & South East Regional Advisory Board.

As the Canal and River Trust transitions into a waterways and wellbeing charity, it is vital that the skills and experiences of members of the Regional Advisory Board match the Trust’s new direction. London & South East is a most interesting amalgamation of rich, diverse communities and cultures, who traditionally have had little or no ongoing contact with the waterways. As a Region we are excited by the considerable challenge of getting our disparate communities to recognise and appreciate the tremendous benefits associated with local canals and rivers … making life better by water.

From historic canals to tidal rivers, within the London & South East we have waterways that run through stunning open countryside as well as densely populated urban areas. In the region there are 1.9m people living within 1 kilometre of our waterway. We have a fantastic opportunity to engage these people with the waterway network but we will only be able to do this by developing a deep appreciation and knowledge of the communities within our region. To do this we need to ensure that our Regional Advisory Board is representative of the communities we want to reach and able to fashion bespoke solutions to ensure that we can reach all members of our community.

The Regional Advisory Board has a key role to play in persuading community members that its actions will make a measurable difference to their experience in terms of the quality of facilities provided, the quality of towpaths and the quality of the waterways themselves.

Sir William Atkinson

The Regional Advisory Board supports the Canal & River Trust to achieve its strategic objectives and programmes. The Trust’s key themes are:

  • Health, Wellbeing & Happiness
  • Engaged People & Cohesive Communities
  • Learning & Enhanced Skills
  • Prosperous & Connected Places
  • Green & Blue Futures
  • Cultural & Environmental Assets

The role of the Advisory Board is to:

  • Provide ‘Reach’ – utilise local knowledge, ideas and capacity to build new relationships, including to enable more people to use and enjoy the waterways; actively seek to ‘reach’ the diverse local communities that the Trust serves
  • Act Local – translate national priorities into local initiatives, feeding into the Trust’s integrated business planning process
  • Advise – inform the Trust’s strategic planning and thinking, help the Trust remain relevant by proactively gathering and feeding back on local ‘outside world’ priorities, opportunities and risks
  • Connect and Influence – identify, engage with and enable access (‘open doors’) to relevant local and regional decision-makers and policy formers, across all sectors; broaden the Trust’s engagement with local ‘power bases’; help the Trust grow its supporter base, including helping to raise awareness of the Trust in the local community
  • Be Pioneering/Pathfinding – identify and trial new ways of delivering Trust ambitions and priorities and meeting objectives.

The full Terms of Reference can be found here.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

The key qualities the Trust is looking for are enthusiasm and an understanding of the Trust’s aims and ambitions. Key skills include:

  • Locally-based, credible, and respected locally/regionally
  • Good contacts with key stakeholders in London and the South East
  • Capable of working at a strategic level
  • Approachable with good interpersonal skills
  • Experienced in partnership working and a team player
  • Availability of time and energy to commit to the Regional Advisory Board

In addition, knowledge and experience in any of the following areas would be beneficial:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Community or youth engagement
  • Volunteering
  • Learning & Skills
  • Regeneration
  • Tourism
  • Navigation and boating
  • Environment and heritage
  • Funding

Commitment

Members of the Regional Advisory Board agree to attend meetings, represent the Board as required, and contribute to the Board’s work programme by undertaking practical action to deliver agreed objectives. This is a volunteer role which is not remunerated. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. It is expected that the role will require around 1-2 days per month, with part of this likely to be during the working day. Appointments are normally made for a 3-year period with the possibility of this being extended.

The full Role Profile can be found here.

How to apply

The Trust has recently restructured its regional boundaries and as such there are currently a number of vacancies on the London & South East regional advisory board. A rolling application process is being undertaken with candidates being considered as they apply. To apply, please complete a simple application form and return to brenda.adams@canalrivertrust.org.uk along with a short CV. 

Arrangements for interviews will be agreed with shortlisted candidates.

If you wish to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Sir William Atkinson, Regional Advisory Board Chair, London & South East, on william.atkinson@canalrivertrust.org.uk or Ros Daniels, Director, London & South East on 07484 913029 or ros.daniels@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

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

East Midlands Regional Advisory Board Opportunities

The Canal & River Trust is a waterways and wellbeing charity that seeks to transform places and improve lives. The Trust is recruiting additional Regional Advisory Board members for the East Midlands. Members of the Regional Advisory Board play a critical role in delivering the wellbeing agenda of the Trust at Regional Level. Members should have appropriate skills, experience and connections at senior level and enthusiasm to make a difference.

Message from the Regional Chair

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the East Midlands Regional Advisory Board.

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.

As the Canal & River Trust transitions into a waterways and wellbeing charity, Regional Advisory Board members collectively play a vital role to give local people:

  • A voice in developing and improving their waterways
  • A chance to connect with their waterside communities
  • An opportunity to help guide Regional and National decisions and strategies
  • The ability to support and champion the waterways in this region

We are very keen to reflect diversity of the communities of the East Midlands with board members with appropriate skills, experience and connections.

From historic canals to tidal rivers, within the East Midlands we have waterways that run through stunning open countryside as well as densely populated urban areas. In the East Midlands there are 750,000 people living within 1 kilometre of one of our waterways and 60% of these households are classified as being in deprivation. It has therefore never been more important for the Trust to deliver wellbeing outcomes within the region whilst also continuing to maintain and care for our waterways so that everyone can use the water and towpaths for their enjoyment and pleasure. 

Anil Majithia, Chair East Midlands Regional Advisory Board

Terms of reference for the Regional Advisory Board

The Regional Advisory Board supports the Canal & River Trust to achieve their strategic objectives and programmes. The Trust’s key themes are:

  • Health, Wellbeing & Happiness
  • Engaged People & Cohesive Communities
  • Learning & Enhanced Skills
  • Prosperous & Connected Places
  • Green & Blue Futures
  • Cultural & Environmental Assets

The role of the Advisory Board is to:

  • Provide ‘Reach’ – utilise local knowledge, ideas and capacity to build new relationships, including to enable more people to use and enjoy the waterways; actively seek to ‘reach’ the diverse local communities that the Trust serves
  • Act Local – translate national priorities into local initiatives, feeding into the Trust’s integrated business planning process
  • Advise – inform the Trust’s strategic planning and thinking, help the Trust remain relevant by proactively gathering and feeding back on local ‘outside world’ priorities, opportunities and risks
  • Connect and Influence – identify, engage with and enable access (‘open doors’) to relevant local and regional decision-makers and policy formers, across all sectors; broaden the Trust’s engagement with local ‘power bases’; help the Trust grow its supporter base, including helping to raise awareness of the Trust in the local community
  • Be Pioneering/Pathfinding – identify and trial new ways of delivering Trust ambitions and priorities and meeting objectives

The full Terms of Reference can be found here.

Skills, knowledge and experience

The key qualities the Trust is looking for are enthusiasm and an understanding of the Trust’s aims and ambitions. Key skills include:

  • Locally-based, credible, and respected locally/regionally
  • Good contacts with key stakeholders in the East Midlands
  • Capable of working at a strategic level
  • Approachable with good interpersonal skills
  • Experienced in partnership working and a team player
  • Availability of time and energy to commit to the Regional Advisory Board

In addition, knoweldge and experience in any of the following areas would be beneficial:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Community or youth engagement
  • Volunteering
  • Learning & Skills
  • Regeneration
  • Tourism
  • Navigation and Boating
  • Environment and Heritage
  • Funding

Commitment

Members of the Regional Advisory Board agree to attend meetings, represent the Board as required, and contribute to the Board’s work programme by undertaking practical action to deliver agreed objectives. This is a volunteer role which is not remunerated. Reasonable expenses will, however, be reimbursed. It is expected that the role will require around 1-2 days per month, with part of this likely to be during the working day. Appointments are normally made for a 3-year period with the possibility of this being extended.

The full Role Profile can be found here.

How to apply

The Trust has recently restructured its regional boundaries and as such there are currently a number of opportunities on the East Midlands Regional Advisory Board. A rolling application process is being undertaken with candidates being considered as they apply. To apply, please complete a simple application form and return to brenda.adams@canalrivertrust.org.uk along with a short CV

Arrangements for interviews will be agreed with shortlisted candidates.

If you wish to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Anil Majithia, Regional Advisory Board Chair East Midlands, on anil.majithia@canalrivertrust.org.uk or Phil Mulligan, Director, East Midlands Region, on 07484 912994 or philip.mulligan@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Please visit our website page here to find out more.

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

Yorkshire & North East Regional Advisory Board Opportunities

Local influence – bring your experience and knowledge to the Canal & River Trust Regional Advisory Board in Yorkshire & North East.

It's really important for the people who are passionate about our canals and rivers to have a say in how they are run. The Canal & River Trust’s Regional Advisory Boards give you that chance to support what the Trust does in your local area.

Like other regions, we in the Yorkshire & North East, are looking for new board members. An exciting opportunity to be part of a vibrant charity that combines management of 500km of waterways with embedding a commitment to wellbeing and transforming lives in everything we do.

Message from the Regional Advisory Board:

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Yorkshire & North East Regional Advisory Board (YNE RAB). As the Canal & River Trust transitions into a waterways and wellbeing charity RAB members are working with the regional teams to advise and drive the regional and national objectives to give local people:

  • A voice in developing and improving their waterways
  • A chance to connect with their waterside communities
  • An opportunity to help guide regional and national decisions and strategies
  • The ability to support and champion the waterways in this region

We are very keen to reflect diversity of all the communities in our region, and attract people with appropriate skills and connections and experience of working at a strategic level. You do not have to be an expert on boating, managing canals or mending locks! But we do want you to have an interest in the waterways and what they provide; and how we can encourage more use and sharing of the spaces on and beside the water.

The 500km of waterways in YNE travel through a rich range of landscapes and communities, from deeply rural to highly populated cities, with over 1m people living within 1km of our waterways. We have many famous landmarks such as Bingley Five Rise and Standedge Tunnel and hundreds of miles of towpath which provide beautiful and interesting places for exercise, enjoying the environment, or simply getting from a to b. We have challenges like any other region, and we look for positive solutions to ensure that all the waterways are open, accessible, respected and safe.

Being a RAB member brings you into the fascinating world of a charity that has huge enthusiasm and commitment, a complex range of responsibilities, and a genuine ambition to improve the health and quality of people’s lives, while also serving and supporting the different users of the water. As advisors we are not trustees as such, but we do have a very significant part to play in influencing and supporting what the Trust does and we work closely and constructively with the regional team headed by Sean McGinley.

YNE Regional Advisory Board

Terms of reference for the Regional Advisory Board

The Regional Advisory Board supports the Canal & River Trust to achieve their strategic objectives and programmes. The Trust’s key themes are:

  • Health, Wellbeing & Happiness
  • Engaged People & Cohesive Communities
  • Learning & Enhanced Skills
  • Prosperous & Connected Places
  • Green & Blue Futures
  • Cultural & Environmental Assets

The role of the Advisory Board is to:

  • Provide ‘Reach’ – utilise local knowledge, ideas and capacity to build new relationships, including to enable more people to use and enjoy the waterways; actively seek to ‘reach’ the diverse local communities that the Trust serves
  • Act Local – translate national priorities into local initiatives, feeding into the Trust’s integrated business planning process
  • Advise – inform the Trust’s strategic planning and thinking, help the Trust remain relevant by proactively gathering and feeding back on local ‘outside world’ priorities, opportunities and risks
  • Connect and Influence – identify, engage with and enable access (‘open doors’) to relevant local and regional decision-makers and policy formers, across all sectors; broaden the Trust’s engagement with local ‘power bases’; help the Trust grow its supporter base, including helping to raise awareness of the Trust in the local community
  • Be Pioneering/Pathfinding – identify and trial new ways of delivering Trust ambitions and priorities and meeting objectives

The full Terms of Reference can be found here.

Skills, knowledge and experience

The key qualities the Trust is looking for are enthusiasm and an understanding of the Trust’s aims and ambitions. Key skills include:

  • Locally-based, credible, and respected locally/regionally
  • Good contacts with key stakeholders in Yorkshire and the north east (the region stretches from Sheffield to Teesside)
  • Capable of working at a strategic level
  • Approachable with good interpersonal skills
  • Experienced in partnership working and a team player
  • Availability of time and energy to commit to the Regional Advisory Board

In addition, knowledge and experience in any of the following areas would be beneficial:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Community or youth engagement
  • Volunteering
  • Learning & Skills
  • Regeneration
  • Tourism
  • Navigation and Boating
  • Environment and Heritage
  • Funding

Commitment

Members of the Regional Advisory Board agree to attend meetings, represent the Board as required, and contribute to the Board’s work programme by undertaking practical action to deliver agreed objectives. This is a volunteer role which is not remunerated. Reasonable expenses will, however, be reimbursed. It is expected that the role will require around 1-2 days per month, with part of this likely to be during the working day. Appointments are normally made for a 3-year period with the possibility of this being extended.

The full Member Role Profile can be found here.

How to apply

The Trust has recently restructured its regional boundaries and as such there are currently a number of opportunities on the Yorkshire & North East Regional Advisory Board. A rolling application process is being undertaken with candidates being considered as they apply. To apply, please complete a simple application form and return to brenda.adams@canalrivertrust.org.uk along with a short CV.

Arrangements for interviews will be agreed with shortlisted candidates.

If you wish to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Sean McGinley, Director, YNE, on 07919 327310 or sean.mcginley@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Please visit our website page here to find out more.

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

Last date edited: 21 November 2019