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.

Rob Dean

Rob has boated around the system over the past 10 years but his first love is the Kennet & Avon where he keeps his boat, Pukeko. He has been active with the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust for some years and was appointed chairman of the trustees in January 2013. Rob spent 35 years with HM Diplomatic Service and lived abroad in Denmark and New Zealand. He’s also a chartered management accountant.

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. 

Phil Hughes

Phil is a former director of Capital Region Tourism, former chairman and director of Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust, also former manager of the MBACT Fourteen Locks Canal Centre. Phil is now retired and is a full time Grandfather, and is the owner, publicist and editor of the Mon & Brec Canal Guide.

John Inman

John is a retired engineer and businessman, and in 2012 became a volunteer lock keeper at Bradford on Avon. He has obtained an Inland Waterways Helmsman’s Certificate to augment his extensive offshore yachtmaster and went on to qualify as MCA Boatmaster in 2013 and as an RYA Inland Waterways Instructor in 2014. John currently undertakes training and qualification for the volunteer operation of vessels on both the Kennet & Avon and Bridgwater & Taunton Canals. In addition to relief skippering the 56-seat commercial widebeam restaurant boat, John Rennie based in Bath, John has joined the crew of Barbara McLellan for the K&A Trust based in Bradford on Avon.

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.

Richard Watson

Prior to joining the South West Regional Advisory Board, Richard was a member of the Kennet & Avon Partnership during which time he worked with the team to set up a photo competition and is currently working on another photography project to bring the archive to life. Richard works for the National Trust in West Oxfordshire as Countryside Manager on a 4000ha estate. Prior to that, he spent three years as National Volunteering & Community Involvement Manager for the National Trust. In his spare time he is a keen photographer and until recently was Chair of Devizes Camera Club. He is passionate about involving people in our work and raising the profile of the Canal & River Trust.

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Last date edited: 14 June 2018