The Canal & River Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of five new Waterways Partnership Chairs.
Lynne Berry, Trustee and member of the Transition Appointments Committee, explains: "Following an open and extensive recruitment process, I am pleased to say that we have recruited five excellent candidates to represent the local and regional interests of their waterways. As each will play an integral role, assisting with the management of 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales, it’s imperative that along with a passion for our waterways, they possess business leadership skills and be experienced influencers and negotiators.
"As Chair of their Waterway Partnership each will sit on the Trust’s National Council and will bring a wealth of experience in a number of important areas including regeneration and planning, partnership building and community engagement, water management and operations, customer service and education and learning as well as in depth knowledge of local, national and European government."
Tony Hales, Chair of Canal & River Trust, comments: "I am delighted that such a high calibre of people are going to chair these important positions of governance within the Canal & River Trust. Along with the seven Chairs appointed earlier this year, they will be well placed to champion the interests of their local waterways and provide new perspectives, insights and ideas to assist with the management of our canals and rivers."
The appointed chairs are:
The Chairs will shortly begin recruiting Members for their Waterways Partnerships. Each Partnership will represent a balanced group of people interested in our waterways including boaters, waterway users and local businesses and the community, as well as heritage and environmental specialists and people with experience in fundraising and volunteering.
Twelve of the thirteen Waterways Partnership Chairs have now been appointed. Applications are currently being sought for the post of All Wales Waterways Partnership Chair.
A written record of all meetings will be publicly available on-line. All positions on the Waterways Partnerships will be unpaid, agreed expenses will be reimbursed.
First published 9th March 2012.