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

Executive team

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 Parry, chief executive

Richard ParryRichard joined Canal & River Trust as Chief Executive in July 2013, and in the past three 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 where he led their bid for the InterCity West Coast franchise and spent a period as Managing Director of First Hull Trains.

Sandra Kelly, finance & corporate services director

Sandra KellySandra is responsible for finance, 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.


Mike Gooddie, human resources director

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 member of the patrons network for the National Centre for Diversity. Mike is currently a member of the ACAS governing council where is also chairs the Audit Committee. 

Stuart Mills, property director

Stuart MillsStuart is responsible for the Trust’s investment portfolio, including property, property development, joint ventures and diversified assets and also looks after the utilities, commercial water and direct managed moorings businesses. 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.


Ian Rogers, customer services and operations director

Ian Rogers, customer services and operations director

Ian’s remit includes the majority of our customer functions including boating (business and leisure), enforcement, welfare, museums and attractions, and volunteering and education. He also leads our waterway teams. Ian joined the Trust in 2015 after working with Aon, the large insurance broker, where he has been Managing Director of the Aon Affinity division working with SME customers. He previously worked in senior Customer Service roles at Dataforce (a CRM/marketing service business), Thomas Cook, and Eurostar.

Julie Sharman, asset management director

Julie Sharman

Julie is responsible for asset management within the Trust which includes leading a team of experts and professionals who prioritise the asset expenditure and works. Julie joined the Trust in 1996 following an early career in construction with Taylor Woodrow. A chartered engineer, she has gained a broad experience in waterway management, engineering and funding with the Trust.  


Simon Bamford, asset delivery director

Simon Bamford

Simon’s responsibilities cover the planning and delivery of maintenance and repair works carried out on our waterways by our in-house direct teams in conjunction with external contractors and consultants. 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 Clarke, strategy & planning director

Heather ClarkeHeather 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.

Marketing, communications and fundraising director

Currently vacant.

Last date edited: 12 October 2017