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National Advisory Group vacancies

Our National Advisory Groups provide the Trust management with specialist advice and guidance. The groups help to shape policy and plans and guides the Trust’s decisions in the areas of their 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 the Canal & River Trust management with specialist advice and guidance. These groups help to shape policy and plans and guide the Trust’s decisions in the areas of their specialism. Further information on the group is available here.

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 & 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 and 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, the Trust is 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 for the Trust:

  • 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. 

Check out 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.

Canal & River Trust actively encourages 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 the Trust achieve this objective will be welcome.


Volunteering Advisory Group

Call for a new chair 

The Volunteering Advisory Group is seeking a new chair.  Find details of this opportunity here.



Last date edited: 13 December 2016