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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.
Understanding and appreciating the waterways heritage is important for everyone employed by the Canal & River Trust and we are constantly working to improve our knowledge and expertise.
Heritage advisors work at each of our eleven waterway units, and our contractors and bank staff work to high standards on our historic buildings and structures, often putting into practice skills gained on our own waterway-based heritage training courses. You can read about the work of our heritage advisors in their blog.
Nigel Crowe, head of heritage
As head of heritage Nigel leads the team of regional heritage advisers in England and Wales. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in the conservation, archaeology and interpretation of historic buildings and places. He has written numerous articles concerning heritage conservation and is the author of the English Heritage Book of Canals.
Audrey O’Connor, senior framework heritage adviser
Audrey’s role is to provide specialist technical advice and guidance to all of Canal & Rivers Trust’s framework and operational contracts. A key part of the role is to ensure our partners and contractors adhere to our high standards of compliance and workmanship when working on our heritage assets.
David Viner, heritage adviser (South Wales & Severn, Kennet & Avon (West)
David joined British Waterways in 2002 with a background in education, carpentry and joinery. He has a particular interest in lime mortars and lock heritage. He is the main point of contact for the team for historic boats and is currently developing guidance on the disposal of unlicensed boats. David was involved in the restoration of the Cotswold and Droitwich Canals and enjoys looking after key sites such as the Caen Flight and Gloucester Docks.
Judy Jones, heritage adviser (Manchester & Pennine)
Judy joined us in 2006, in addition to her regional advisory role she co-ordinates heritage training for the Trust and was instrumental in the successful HLF ‘Skills for the future’ bid for heritage trainees.
Judy’s main projects of interest are the revitalising of Whaley Bridge Transhipment Warehouse which is currently a Building at Risk, and the Heritage Lottery funded works on the Pocklington Canal.
Kate Lynch, heritage adviser (North Wales & Borders)
Kate Lynch has worked with us since 2001, she is a chartered landscape architect. Kate has worked as a heritage advisor since 2008. One of her key sites is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In addition to providing heritage support for the North Wales & Borders area, Kate has responsibility for the team’s annual reports on heritage compliance and heritage stewardship scores.
Lizey Thomson, heritage adviser (West Midlands)
Lizey joined British Waterways in 2002 working across the network and has a particular knowledge of the Midlands canal network which she now covers. Lizey is currently working on several developmental projects including the restoration of the Grade II* listed Roundhouse in Birmingham.
She also has an enthusiastic interest in the local materials used to build the canals in particular bricks.
Ruth Garratt, heritage adviser (North East)
Ruth joined our team in 2014 having formerly worked as a local authority conservation officer and historic environment manager with Historic England. Her background is in archaeology and specialises in the Industrial Heritage of the North West, although she has a particular interest in building conservation and regeneration.
Ruth is now heritage adviser to the North East Waterway, providing specialist conservation advice on all aspects of the trusts work and is our focal point for Heritage at Risk.
William Froggatt, heritage adviser (North West)
William joined us in 2014 with a background in GIS and joinery. As a former carpenter at Lincoln Cathedral, he has a particular interest in traditional joinery methods and the conservation of historic timber structures.
In addition to providing heritage support to the North West Waterway, he has responsibility for the team’s national quarterly reports on defect notifications.
Phil Emery, senior heritage adviser (London, South East, Kennet & Avon (East))
Phil joined the Trust in May 2016 with over 30 years of professional experience, working as an archaeologist and heritage consultant in both the public and private sectors.
One of his priorities is to ensure that the heritage value of the waterways is understood, protected and enhanced through intelligent inter-disciplinary design informed by effective consultation with specialists and stakeholders.
Aimee Henderson, heritage adviser (Midlands)
Aimee joined us in July 2016 having worked as a conservation manager and heritage consultant in the private sector. She has a particular interest in industrial heritage as well as the assessment and understanding of heritage significance. In addition to providing heritage support to the Midlands Waterway, she also acts as the heritage team representative to the Canal & River Trust volunteers.
Anna Zucchelli, heritage adviser (London, South East, Kennet & Avon (East))
Anna joined the Trust in 2014 with a practical conservation background, having worked as a contractor specialising in the repair of timber-framed buildings. She has experience in teaching carpentry and joinery skills to diverse audiences. Anna has a particular interest in promoting and exploring the connections that local communities have with historic places.
Last date edited: 24 January 2017