Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Find out more about the work of the North East Waterways Partnership.
The North East Waterways Partnership advises and supports the work of the Trust’s team in this region. As well as developing the strategy for the waterways in your area, the partnership raises funds for local projects, takes practical action and builds relationships with organisations and people across the region.
Previously director of Customer Service and Networks for Yorkshire Water, Mark spent 30 years with the water company. He now runs Summers Day management consultancy and is trustee of the Aire Rivers Trust. Last year he was also president of the Institute of Water (Northern Branch).
Richard is the National Policy Officer for British Canoeing (BC), having previously worked for the Environment Agency as recreation officer and regional principal officer for Recreation and Fisheries. He is qualified in ecology and management of the natural environment as well as fisheries management. Richard has experience in welcoming volunteers into British Canoeing. He is also working with Canal & River Trust/British Canoeing National Group to bring together a National Canoeing Development Plan. As well as being a member of the North East Partnership, Richard is also a member of the Canal & River Trust Council.
Hilary is passionate about the countryside, walking and the waterway corridors. She spent 30 years working in Regeneration, involving local communities and the public and private sectors in co-operative decision making and delivery of programmes.
Having trained as a public sector accountant and worked for two innovative local authorities Adrian took the opportunity to join Groundwork – the national Environmental and Social regeneration Charity in 1996. Adrian says “I’ve been fortunate, and privileged to work with many hundreds of committed and passionate colleagues, organisations and partners in the public and private sector. Groundwork has always worked in the areas of greatest deprivation in the country and I have gained extensive experience of 'what works' and, perhaps just as importantly, why some excellent sounding ideas don't always deliver everything they promise!”. Adrian has lived and worked in West Yorkshire for most of his life and lives within walking distance of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Adrian says he’s witnessed how 'my' part of the route has been transformed over the past few years year’s for waterway users and local communities and is keen to contribute to the future of the region and nations waterways.
Having worked in the water industry for more than 20 years, Kara specialises in supporting companies implement innovation and improve internal collaboration. She currently supports water researchers at University of Leeds by helping connect academics, stakeholder organisations and funding opportunities. Kara lives in Leeds, and enjoys the River Aire and the cycle path along the Leeds-Liverpool canal.
A partner in Castleton Consulting - a Milton Keynes based consultancy specialising in innovation and multi-organisational working. A substantial part of Jon’s consulting experience is based in the water industry with clients including Yorkshire Water, Anglian Water and Scottish Water. One of the by-products of his experience is an appreciation of the opportunities for improving the water environment by getting a broader range of individuals and organisations to think together as the springboard for making interesting things happen.
Following canal holidays, David became a canal boat operator, with passenger, restaurant, hire boats, waterbus, boatbuilding, a boatyard plus freight carrying thousands of tonnes a week of freight over the northern and midlands waterways and was twice awarded the IWA 'Bulkley-Johnson Salt' for ‘furtherance of commercial waterway transport in the UK’.
David, now semi-retired, owns two historic narrow boats and is a director of Humber Barges Ltd, chairman of the Commercial Boat Operators Association and licensed as an MCA Boatmaster. Other professional interests include railway operations and music.
Trevor is a retired police inspector with over 40 years experience. He is chair of the National Community Boats Association and has set up a Social Enterprise. Trevor is also involved in a range of shared learning projects that have waterways and the engagement of the harder to reach communities as their central focus.
Former computer systems manager, Peter is chairman of the IWA for the North East and Yorkshire Region. A keen boater, Peter has navigated most of the connected system of inland waterways of England and Wales and supports the historic Town Class Large Woolwich narrowboat Fulbourne. Aside from waterways, Peter organises bellringing volunteers for bell maintenance, training and Change Ringing.
Following childhood holidays exploring the British countryside Caroline developed a passion for our wildlife and wild places. She now works as a Director of Operations for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and brings to the partnership over a decade of experience in species and habitat management as well as a desire to promote the value of green and blue spaces for people’s health and wellbeing. Caroline lives in York, enjoying its rivers and waterways for running and dog walking in her spare time.
Originally a chemist, Jon worked in the water industry for 20 years before joining Canal & River Trust. Previously at United Utilities, Jon has experience in operations, asset management, commercial and customer service leadership. He is proud to be responsible for his team and their custodianship of over 300 Km of waterway.
Last date edited: 16 June 2017