We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Board of Trustees

Our trustees are unpaid board directors, taking collective decisions on policy and strategy and providing oversight of the executive directors.

We have eleven trustees, and they are legally responsible for overseeing the work towards our charitable objectives.

 
Allan Leighton, chairman

Allan Leighton

Allan was appointed the chair of the Trust in September 2015 and also sits on the Investment Committee. Allan is the chair of the Co-operative Group, Wagamama, Entertainment One plc, Matalan Ltd, and deputy chair of Pandora AS. He is a patron of Breast Cancer Care and a keen canal runner. He was formerly the CEO of Asda plc, chairman of the Royal Mail and holds a number of non-executive chairmanships including Lastminute.com and BSkyB. He was also chair of Race for Opportunity and an Ambassador for Prince Charles in Business in the Community. Allan attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard and has Honorary Degrees from Cranfield and an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Lancashire.

Dame Jenny Abramsky

Jenny AbramskyJenny was appointed as a trustee in September 2016, and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. She is chair of the Royal Academy of Music and the Board of Governors of the Royal Ballet, and served six years as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund/National Heritage Memorial Fund, among other voluntary roles. She has also been the BBC’s director of radio and music after running the BBC’s 24 hours news service.

Nigel Annett, CBE

Nigel Annett TrusteeNigel was appointed as a trustee in September 2016 and took over as chair of Bwrdd Glandŵr Cymru on the same date. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Nigel is currently a non-executive director of the Principality Building Society, and a trustee of Community Foundation in Wales. He is a former managing director of Welsh Water and is co-founder of Glas Cymru, the not-for-profit company that successfully took over the ownership of Welsh Water back in 2001, a move which resulted in the water industry in Wales being owned on behalf of its customers.

Lynne Berry OBE

Lynne BerryLynne is deputy chair of the Trust, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, and chairs the Joint Council & Trustees Appointments Committee, and the Nominations Committee. She is chair of Breast Cancer Now and the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing; Professor at Cass Business School; and sits on the FT’s NED Advisory Board. Previous appointments include CEO of WRVS, the General Social Care Council, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Family Welfare Association, CEO of the Charity Commission. Government appointments have included the Office of Civil Society Advisory Board and several Better Regulation Task Forces. Lynne is a board member of the International Women’s Forum and co-founder of Women in Public Policy. 

Manish Chande

Manish Chande

Manish chairs the Investment Committee. He is Senior Partner of Clearbell Capital LLP, a private real estate fund management and advisory business specialising in UK property investment, development and asset management. Manish co-founded Mountgrange Investment Management in 2007 and was the CEO of Mountgrange Capital. He was previously a board director at Land Securities plc, CEO of Trillium and CEO of Imry. Manish has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1980. In 2008 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has been a Trustee of the London Clinic since 2012.

Jane Cotton

Jane Cotton

Jane is a member of the Remuneration and the Appointments Committees, and was the Chair of the Fundraising Committee until it was abolished in September 2016. She was human resources director and a deputy chief executive of Oxfam for 15 years until December 2014. Prior to this, she worked in the Departments of Transport and Environment in both policy and human resources roles. In the 1990s, she was resources director of the Charity Commission and human resources director of the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions. She brings particular expertise in organisational development and change management, volunteering, fundraising and charity governance. Jane is a trustee of WWF UK and of Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust and a member of the Alumni Advisory Board of Cambridge University.

John Dodwell

John Dodwell

John is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, and the Investments Committee. He is also a trustee of the Waterways Pension Fund. He qualified as a chartered accountant before moving into corporate finance and corporate law. He is a former finance director and chair of several property companies (including joint ventures), has been a trustee of other charities (including dealing with investments). Since 1961 he has been a member of the Inland Waterways Association (of which he was general secretary 1970-73). John is the chair of the Montgomery Partnership and the former chair of the Commercial Boat Operators’ Association. He owns an historic narrowboat tug in which he has travelled over many parts of the waterways network.

Frances Done CBE

Frances is chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.  She is also a member of the Novus divisional board of The Manchester College.  She was chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales for six years until January 2014. A chartered accountant for 38 years, Frances worked for KPMG before becoming director of finance and then chief executive of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council. She has also been chief executive of Manchester 2002 Ltd – the company responsible for organising the successful Manchester Commonwealth Games. Subsequently, she held the post of managing director for Local Government, Housing and Criminal Justice at the Audit Commission with responsibility for the Commission’s audit and inspection work in relation to local government in England. After leaving the Audit Commission, Frances was interim director general of the Royal British Legion. Frances was also chair of The Waterways Trust from 2003–2012 when it merged with Canal & River Trust. 

Ben Gordon

Ben Gordon

Ben is the chair of the Remuneration Committee. He is a non-executive director of Britvic plc and of St Ives plc. Previously he was Chief Executive of Mothercare plc for nine years and SVP and Managing Director of the Disney Store Europe and Asia-Pacific. Prior to that he had senior management positions in WHSmith plc and L'Oreal SA in the UK, USA and France. Ben has an MBA from INSEAD and is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Janet Hogben

Janet Hogben

Janet was appointed as a Trustee in September 2016 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. Jane is the chief people officer at EDF Energy, having previously worked at BP, where she held a variety of roles, and then at Seagram and at Diageo, leading on a number of global strategy and business specific HR positions.

Tim Reeve

Tim Reeve

Tim was appointed as a Trustee in September 2016 and sits on the Investment Committee. He is currently Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Victoria and Albert Museum. This follows 17 years at English Heritage, latterly as Director of Historic Properties with responsibility for the management of the National Collection of 420 historic properties. Tim is a former trustee of the Hadrian’s Wall Trust and the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, and is currently a Trustee of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Last date edited: 19 May 2017