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.
The executive team manage the everyday operation of the Trust. They develop policy and strategy for approval by the trustees and are responsible for ensuring the continuing success of the waterways through the management of an expert and committed 1,600-strong workforce.
Richard joined the Canal & River Trust as Chief Executive in July 2013, and in the past 4 years he has led the new charity through a series of changes as it has developed its new identity and explored the many new opportunities available in the third sector. Prior to joining the Trust, Richard spent 19 years at London Underground - where he was acting Managing Director for a year - followed by a brief spell at FirstGroup.
Julie is responsible for all of the Trust’s day-to-day operations, performance and service delivery, and for our local engagement, through our waterway teams. Julie joined the Trust in 1996 following a career in construction with Taylor Woodrow. A chartered civil engineer, she has gained a broad experience in waterway management, asset management, engineering, partnerships and funding with the Trust.
Stuart is responsible for the Trust’s main income streams including the Trust’s investment portfolio, property and property development, joint ventures and diversified assets. Stuart also looks after the utilities, commercial water and direct managed moorings businesses, as well as fundraising and our Museums. A chartered surveyor, Stuart joined Canal & River Trust in 1990 after working in private sector property consultancy. He worked extensively across the country in various property roles before becoming Property Director in 2008
Simon has overall responsibility for planning and delivering the Trust’s long-term asset programmes – both through our Direct Services teams and our contractors and volunteers. Simon’s responsibilities include the planning and delivery of maintenance and repair works carried out on our waterways. Simon is a chartered engineer and joined the Trust in 2006 after working with Land and Water where he was operations director of their remediation contracting business. Simon previously worked in senior environmental, project delivery, construction and consultancy roles for Southern Water, ADAS and overseas.
Heather oversees the Trust’s brand, marketing, and public affairs. She is responsible for strategy, public policy, research and measurement, strategic performance and reporting, spatial and statutory planning functions, and planning and urban design consultancy functions. Heather joined the Trust in 1997, after working for an urban development corporation which was charged with delivering large scale area-based regeneration. A chartered planner, she has gained extensive experience in strategic and statutory planning, property-based regeneration, place-making and partnership working with the Trust.
Mike joined the Canal & River Trust in October 2016. He began his career with Shell as a graduate trainee working in both the UK and Australia, before progressing onto senior HR positions with British Airways, GNER, BBC and ASDA. Mike has held non-executive positions for Manchester Airport Group (MAG), Community Integrated Car (CIC) and York Archaeological Trust (YAT). He is a graduate of Leicester University, a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and also a member of the patrons network for the National Centre for Diversity. Mike is currently a member of the ACAS governing council where he also chairs the Audit Committee.
Sandra is responsible for finance including all matters relating to taxation and pensions. Sandra also looks after governance, audit & risk, IT, legal, procurement and the Trust’s marina subsidiary. Sandra spent eight years as finance director at NHBC (National House-Building Council), the UK’s leading independent standard-setting body and provider of warranty and insurance for new homes in the UK. She previously held senior finance positions in the commercial sector, most notably for BMW UK.
Last date edited: 13 November 2017