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Navigation advisory group

Maintaining canal and river navigations for use by boats is at the core of what the Trust does. We want to ensure that our managers’ decisions are well informed by those who navigate the waterways regularly.

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The Navigation Advisory Group comprises boaters with a variety of backgrounds to bring as broad a range of perspectives as possible to decision making.

There are two sub groups:

Navigation Operations

Advice relating to safety standards, waterway operation, maintenance & repairs, and customer service standards.

  • Sue Cawson - historic narrowboat owner and champion of navigation issues for the Historic Narrowboat Club. Current chair of SUFBRS – the society responsible for the care and restoration of fly boat Saturn.
  • John Baylis – extensive experience of national boating issues amassed through 45 years of boating. Ex-chairman of the IWA Navigation Committee, a post held for 12 years. Ran restoration of Frankton Locks on Montgomery Canal for Waterway Recovery Group (WRG). Now largely uses his metal and design work skills through work with WRG.
  • David Fletcher – engineering consultant in the oil industry, boat owner and Chairman of the National Association of Boat Owners.
  • Ian Harrison – chartered civil engineer specialising in ground engineering. Experienced in local government and has a focus on regeneration and external funding. A boat owner for 38 years.
  • Mike Carter – Committee member of the Commercial Boat Operators' Association (CBOA), owner of a mooring basin and more latterly owner and proprietor of a repair yard/dry dock. Currently operates as a marine surveyor and consultant. Owns two historic craft. Mike was appointed as chair of the Navigation Operations (sub group) from Spring 2013
  • Malcolm Blundell – lifelong boating enthusiast, boat owner and builder. Recently retired information and analysis professional, and now cruises the system extensively, reporting on travels through his website (www.wicked-game.co.uk)
  • Kevin East – professional background in the telecoms industry on the civil and mechanical engineering side. Waterway and environment manager at Canoe England and a member of the Canoe Camping Club National Council.
  • Nigel Stevens - Nigel and his wife operate a hire fleet and full service boatyard with moorings in Yorkshire. Nigel was a Waterway Recovery Group organiser, and chairman of London IWA in the early 70s and later worked for the restoration of the Rochdale Canal.  He is a past chairman of the British Waterways Advisory Forum and the Association of Pleasure Craft Operators. He is a member of the Manchester & Pennine Waterway Partnership, and served in the Trust’s first Council as an elected member for boating business.

     

Council member Vaughan Welch sits on this group as an observer to ensure that the wider council is kept fully briefed on its work. 

Licensing & Mooring

Advice relating to boat licensing and moorings policies and the way in which they are implemented. 

  • Paul Le Blique – a professional engineer and narrowboater of many years. Currently responsible for Navigation Authority Liaison for the Association of Waterway Cruising Clubs (AWCC).
  • Tim Parker – former chairman of Association of Pleasure Craft Operators (APCO). Retired recently from Black Prince Holidays Ltd – a major hire fleet – where he was managing director.
  • Beryl McDowall – has lived on boats since the late 1960s and has worked on commercial craft for many years particularly on the Grand Union Canal south and River Soar. An officer of the Residential Boat Owners' Association (RBOA) since 1999. Owns small-scale mooring site on River Soar as well as leading a small C&RT volunteer group.
  • Mike Annan – Over 30 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, more recently (before retirement) as CEO  of various housing associations. Currently chairman of the Buckingham Canal Society. Mike is also the chair of the Licensing & Moorings sub group.
  • Diane Warner - has been boating for over 10 years on both wide and narrow beam boats, living aboard and continuously cruising.  Diane has regularly volunteered with the Trust and the WRG, and administers two waterways-related Facebook groups.
  • Samantha Worrall - lives on her boat on the Kennet & Avon Canal and works for Julian House, a charity offering direct support to the socially excluded, as Gypsy, Traveller and boater outreach and engagement officer.
  • Gren Messham - boat owner for more than 30 years and has previously been involved in waterways restoration. He worked in the water and wastewater sector for 35 years and has been a company director with wide-ranging business experience. Gren is currently a trustee of the Inland Waterways Association.
  • Dave Williams is a liveaboard boater who has extensive experience as a finance director and currently runs an internet payroll bureau.
  • Mark Tizard is vice chair of the National Association of Boat Owners.  With over 35 years of boating experience, Mark currently spends three to four months a year cruising away from his home mooring.  Formerly a director of two technology companies with a wealth of change management experience, Mark also fundraises and volunteers for various charities.
  • Lee Wilshire is a member of London's Better Relationships Group and is working on a number of projects on the canal network, from affordable moorings to a recycling barge. Lee, who is a planner and urban designer, lives on his boat.
  • Alison Tuck has been living aboard for 11 years, has been a continuous cruiser and now runs a business from her boats. A former chair of the Roving Canal Traders’ Association, Alison was one of the Trust’s first volunteer lock keepers, adopted the Warwick Bar stretch of the Grand Union Canal where she has her home mooring and has recently taken up canoeing.

This group has council members observing. Boaters representing the council to be confirmed.

Last date edited: 30 June 2016