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National Advisory Group Opportunities

Our National Advisory Groups provide our management with specialist advice and guidance. The groups help to shape policy and plans, and guides our decisions in the areas of each group's specialism.

Heritage Advisory Group

Call for a new chair 

Can you help us meet our heritage challenges?

The Heritage Advisory Group is one of several national advisory groups that provide our management with specialist advice and guidance. These groups help to shape policy and plans, and guide our decisions in the areas of each group's specialism.

The focus of the Heritage Advisory Group is on strategic and technical issues relating to the challenges of managing 2,000 miles of historic navigable waterways for a wide range of public benefits. 50% of the population of England and Wales lives within five miles of one of our waterways and we host over 10 million people every year who make 250 million individual visits on foot, bike and boat.

Our issues include the management and conservation of heritage assets, including:

  • 2,700 listed buildings
  • 49 scheduled monuments
  • 317 conservation areas

We also review and comment on planning applications and developments affecting the historic environment of the waterways and we seek to identify sites and projects that could attract heritage funding, especially from the Heritage Lottery Fund. From time to time we support non-Trust waterway bodies with technical advice and guidance.

The chair and members of the group are appointed by the chief executive and serve for terms of up to three years, which are renewable. Generally members would serve no more than two terms.

Following the retirement of Sir Neil Cossons, we are now looking for a chair to lead the Heritage Advisory Group. 

The group meets three times a year. Matters to be considered are jointly agreed by the group members and the national heritage manager and the group reports regularly to the chief executive with its advice and recommendations.

We are looking for a chair who has recognised expertise in one or more of the main areas of heritage interest to us:

  • heritage management – especially the management of designated heritage assets
  • heritage conservation repairs and innovations
  • architecture and planning in the historic environment
  • industrial archaeology

A wide experience of legislation, public engagement or policy-making in the historic environment is also desirable, as is experience of:

  • fundraising and volunteering
  • community engagement
  • wider partnership working in areas such as natural environment, community development, sustainable transport, leisure, arts, sport

Candidates must be team players who can work effectively with the rest of the group and management team and we ask all members of the group to act in the best interests of the waterways rather than to represent any particular interests/causes or their employer.

The roles are voluntary with agreed expenses reimbursed. 

Take a closer look at the chair role profile.

How to apply

If you would like to apply to be the chair of the Heritage Advisory Group, please complete our simple application form, with a short CV, setting-out your experience and qualifications for the role. Applications to be returned to brenda.adams@canalrivertrust.org.uk. Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates.

If you wish to discuss further, please contact Nigel Crowe, national heritage manager on 07710 175026.

Please pass on this information to others who may be interested in this role.

We actively encourage diversity in all areas of the organisation to fully reflect the diversity of the communities around the waterways and to achieve a balance of genders. Applications from candidates who can help us achieve this objective will be welcome.


Youth Engagement Advisory Group call for new members - we need members aged 16-24yrs old

The Youth Engagement Advisory Group (YEAG) helps us to understand more fully the wider context of engaging young people. This enables us to plan and deliver effective, innovative programmes, which match the ambitions and aspirations in line with our Youth Engagement Strategy.

Established in November 2013, the group has been a valuable support to us in developing the strategy and helping with the cultural change that this needed within the organisation. In addition, opportunities have been highlighted for joint working, funding streams and recognising the impact for the organisation of policy changes across England and Wales.

The chair and members are appointed by the chief executive and serve for terms of up to three years, although this may be renewed for a second term to a maximum of six years.

The group typically meets three to four times a year in London.

We are now looking for new members to join the group aged between 16 and 24yrs old, increasing the capacity of the current advisory group and increasing the young person’s perspective within the group.

Our current membership of the YEAG

We have volunteers in the group who have experience in working with young people and youth engagement including:

  • national youth organisations (voluntary or statutory)
  • local youth organisations with a specific interest in heritage/environment/conservation
  • funding and measuring the impact of youth engagement
  • experience of legislation, public engagement, funding, employment, rehabilitation and policy development across England and Wales

The membership of the group is voluntary but agreed expenses are reimbursed. All our volunteers are team players who can work effectively with the rest of the group and management team, acting in the best interests of the waterways rather than to represent any particular interests/cause.

You can find out more about the Group here, with additional information and terms of reference here.

Apply to be a voluntary member

Please complete our simple application form. You will need to return your application with a short CV to brenda.adams@canalrivertrust.org.uk by Tuesday 20 June 2017. Informal interviews will take place with shortlisted applicants at a time and a place that suits you and will take place with Lucie Unsworth, the National Youth Engagement Manager and Chloe Donovan, the Chairperson of the Group.

As a volunteer you need to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. If you have any questions about this you can arrange a confidential conversation with our safeguarding officer.

If you wish to discuss your application or any details further, please contact Ani Sutton, Interim National Youth Engagement Manager, on 07775 019549 or email ani.sutton@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Please pass on this information to others who may be interested in this role.

Canal & River Trust actively supports and encourages diversity in all of its advisory and network groups, with a view to ensuring that they are reflective of the wider community and the groups of people that they seek to engage with. Currently, individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 are unrepresented in the Youth Engagement Advisory Group.  Therefore, while all applications that meet the above criteria will be considered fairly and reasonably, we would particularly welcome those from individuals who fall within this age range.

Last date edited: 21 April 2017