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News article created on 24 September 2015

Annual Public Meeting

We held our Annual Public Meeting in Church House, Westminster yesterday (23 September 2015) with an audience of stakeholders, customers and partners.

Pretty view along the canal Pretty view along the canal

Tony Hales CBE, who formally stepped down after 10 years as chair of British Waterways and then the Canal & River Trust, reflected on a decade of extraordinary change over the past decade.

“We do something special, we do something that is fun, and it has been a real privilege to play a tiny part, together with so many of you - colleagues and friends, in the development of something as beautiful and with such potential as our waterways.” Tony Hales

Key results

Chief executive, Richard Parry, gave an update on the Trust’s key results from the past financial year, before introducing Tony’s successor as chair, Allan Leighton. Three of our waterway partnership chairs gave presentations on their work to develop projects and connections with local communities and this was followed by a lively Q&A session covering topics as diverse as mooring enforcement, canal etiquette and the proposed transfer of the EA navigations to the Trust. 

You can read more about Tony Hales in our 2015 Annual Report