South West 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 South West region.

The stunning south west canals The stunning south west canals

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While we're actually the Wales & South West region, we have a separate Welsh advisory board, Bwrdd Glandŵr Cymru, looking after the interests of our Welsh waterways. So this board is able to focus just on the south west.

All our boards give local people:

  • a voice in developing and improving their waterways
  • a chance to connect with their waterside communities
  • an opportunity to help guide our decisions and strategies
  • the ability to support and champion the waterways in this region

Meet our regional advisory board members

David Hagg, Chair

As Chief Executive of Stroud District Council, David's authority is leading the award-winning restoration of the Cotswold Canal. He has been a member of a wide range of regional and national bodies and was formerly Chair of the Trust's South Wales & Severn Waterway Partnership.

Lois Francis

Former headteacher. Volunteer with the restoration of Stroudwater Navigation. 

Edward Helps

Managing director of ABC Leisure Group Ltd, an award winning business.  A member of the Tourist Advisory Group and sits on the Executive Committee of the British Marine Inland Boating. 

Robert Moreland

Former MEP and Gloucester City Councillor, member of Cotswold Canals Trust, Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust and Friends of Gloucester Waterways Museum.

Ken Oliver

Ken currently works as countryside officer at Wiltshire Council where canals are his responsibility, mainly enabling work on the restoration of the Wilts & Berks. He is a keen narrowboater and he and his intend taking some time soon to re-explore his former home waterway, the Lee & Stort, where they will revive some 2012 memories in the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Tamsin Phipps

Tamsin has worked in a variety of industries from public to private sector including HM Forces as an army officer. Her career started in education and moved into learning and development then into consultancy and latterly government and public affairs. She is skilled at working across all levels of society, local, national, Parliamentary and international with a wide variety of communities including volunteers. Through paid or voluntary work, Tamsin has helped provide people with a wide variety of opportunities and experiences to reach their potential. With a background in education and development as well as her extensive voluntary work, she has been able to engage with a huge variety of people from all parts of society. She is a project planner, finishing to specification on time and in budget. Tamsin currently works for the Church of England at Reading Minster where her role includes working with people on the margins of society, homeless, LGBT community and those who have had mental health issues. Making a difference to society and the community has always been a key part of her ethos. Tamsin was formerly the Chair of the Trust’s Kennet & Avon Waterways Partnership where she helped raise the profile of the new Trust, their work, facilities and the benefits they bring to the whole population. As Chair of the K&A, Tamsin was an ex officio Council member.

Last date edited: 13 May 2019