Business boating team contacts

COVID 19 Due to the current situation with Covid 19 the Canal & River Trust will be prioritising work that has been identified as urgent and safety critical. Therefore, we’re afraid we are unable to meet our usual 6 week response time to submit Business Boating applications, this includes both Operating Proposals & Works Proposals.

As part of the Operating Proposal process, we conduct an internal consultation and some applications require a site inspection which has meant that we have been unable to review a number of new submissions whilst some staff are on furlough.

We currently have a backlog of applications that have been placed on hold since March, we have commenced progressing these in phased approach. Once these have been cleared, we will log new applications.   You are able to submit a new operating proposal, but please note that we are not operating within our usual response timescales.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and assistance.


Business boating managers are the first port of call for anyone wanting to set up a new boating business. They also help existing boating businesses if they want to expand, move boats to a different base, or have any other concerns we can help with. They can advise on all aspects of getting started and on current licensing requirements.


Details of all members of the Business Boating Team are given below. Please look carefully at the listings to find someone in your area with the right skills to help with your enquiry.

Business boating managers

Please contact the Business boating manager who covers your proposed trading area:

Richard Delves
Business boating manager (North)
Fearns Wharf
Neptune Street
Leeds, LS9 8PB

Tel: 0113 281 6874
Mobile: 07766 774 713

Richard covers the North West and North East.  Plus:  Llangollen & Montgomery canals

Ruth Noon
Business boating manager (Midlands)
Heritage Skills Centre
Canal Lane
CV35 7JL

Mobile: 07885 108 306

Ruth covers West Midlands and East Midlands (not including Worcester & Birmingham Canal).

Tom Jackson
Business boating manager (South East)

Harbour Master's Office
24 Canute House
Durham Wharf Drive
Brentford, TW8 8HP

Mobile:  07484 913041

Tom covers the London & South East waterways (incl GU Leicester line), not including the Oxford canal. 

Georgina Wood
Business boating manager (South West)
The Dock Office
Commercial Road
Gloucester, GL1 2EB

Tel:  03030 404040
Mobile:  07833 403145

Georgina covers Wales & South West (incl Kennet & Avon canal), Droitwich Canal, Worcester & Birmingham & the Oxford Canal. 

Business boating Property surveyors

Business Boating Surveyors deal with leased boating premises and commercial mooring agreements, including network access agreements.

Sarah Hirst
Business boating property surveyor (Midlands)

Ground floor
Aqua House
20 Lionel Street
Birmingham, B3 1AQ

Mobile: 07717 785304

Sarah manages East Midlands & West Midlands.  

Position Vacant
Business Boating property surveyor (SE & London)

Position currently vacant.  For all estate enquiries regarding London & South East please contact


Alistair Staton
Business boating property team leader

Fearns Wharf
Neptune Street
Leeds, LS9 8PB

Tel: 0113 281 6805
Mobile: 07833 049 234

Alistair is deputising for the National Business Boating Manager (with Richard Beardsley) and also oversees the Rent Review and Lease Renewal programme across the Business Boating portfolio.  These include Commercial Moorings, Marinas and Boat Yards.

Melanie Grant
Business boating property surveyor
Toll House
Delamere Terrace
London, W2 6ND

Tel: 020 7985 7282

Melanie covers Wales & South West, Kennet & Avon Waterways plus the Worcester & Birmingham and Droitwich Canal. 


Richard Beardsley
Business boating development manager

Tel: 07880 472 453

Richard is deputising for the National Business Boating Manager (with Alistair Staton).  Richard manages the development and delivery of business boating opportunities across the Trust's network.

Technical management

Third Party Works Engineers provide advice and guidance to clients building new marinas and technical support on other business boating enquiries.

To speak to a Third Party Works Engineer please contact Tammy Plant (see below)

Gareth Stephens
Head of Business Boating & Waterside Moorings
420 Manchester Road
London, E14 9ST

Tel:     0207 5175553   Mobile:  07917847364

Gareth  manages commercial activity that takes place on our waterways, from hire boats, passenger boats through to smaller roving traders. The team looks after our specific boating property including marinas, boatyards, hire boat bases and other commercial agreements.   For business boating matters please contact


Victoria Ensbey - Victoria is currently on maternity leave as of July 19.

Victoria Cluer
Business support
Fearns Wharf
Neptune Street
Leeds, LS9 8PB

Tel: 0113 281 6863 

Please contact Victoria for any Business Boating enquiries and Roving Trader applications. 


Tammy Plant
Business Boating Technical Support
Trencherfield Mill
Heritage Way
Wigan, WN3 4BN

Tel: 01942 405722

Please contact Tammy for any new marina enquiries and Works proposals (physical works). 

Tammy's working hours are 9.30-3pm Monday and start at 9.30am Tuesday to Friday.

Andy MacPherson
Business Boating Technical Support
Navigation House
Navigation Road

Tel:  01606 723832

Please contact Andy for queries on existing leases or enquiries relating to new Business Boating estate leases. 

Amanda Stratford
Business support & licensing manager
Fearns Wharf
Neptune Street
Leeds, LS9 8PB

Tel: 0113 200 5720
Mobile: 07920 570 428

Amanda manages Business Support and managing the licencing process.

Ben Ashdown
Boat Licensing manager
Fearns Wharf
Neptune Street
Leeds, LS9 8PB

Tel: 0113 284 5235

Ben works wth Amanda managing the business licensing process.

Last date edited: 21 August 2020