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News article created on 12 March 2012

Candidates elected to Canal & River Trust Council

Boaters and boating businesses have voted in their thousands to elect six representatives to the new Council being created to oversee and guide the work of the Canal & River Trust.

It will prove a valuable advisory body for Trustees and management to draw upon Tony Hales, Chair of the Canal & River Trust

Boating business have elected Nigel Stevens and Anthony Matts as their two representatives. Clive Henderson, Ivor Henry Caplan, Keith Vaughan Welch and Ann Farrell have been elected to represent the interests of private boaters. The elected staff representative is Christopher Alan Bailey.

The election was conducted using the single transferable vote electoral system with the candidates listed above in order of election.

These elected members of Council will join 13 Waterways Partnership Chairs and 12 nominated representatives at the first meeting of Council in Birmingham on 28 March 2012. In future elections the number of elected candidates will increase to further extend the democratic make-up of Council.

Long-term values

Tony Hales, Chair of the Canal & River Trust, comments: “I am delighted so many people took the opportunity to cast their vote and make sure that their views are represented at the very highest level of the Trust.

“The Council will be the guardian of the long-term values and purposes of the Trust and it will play an important role in helping to shape policy, raising and debating issues. The range and breadth of experience represented on the Council is extensive, it will prove a valuable advisory body for Trustees and management to draw upon.

“There was a good turn out to our first Council election with 26 per cent of private boaters taking part, 37 per cent of boating business and 44 per cent of employees. We look forward to building on this as people see the impact of the work of the Council on the direction of the Trust.”

The full composition of Council is:

Elected representatives:

Boating Business Nigel Stevens Anthony Matts

Private Boating Clive Henderson Ivor Henry Caplan Keith Vaughan Welch Ann Farrell

Employees Christopher Alan Bailey

Nominated representatives: Peter Brown, nominated by Railway & Canal Historic Society Martyn Brunt nominated by Sustrans David Gibson, nominated by Ramblers Association David Kent, nominated by Angling Trust Ross Murray, nominated by Country Land & Business Association Mike Palmer, nominated by Waterway Recovery Group Tamsin Phipps, nominated by British Canoe Union Peter Wright, nominated by Local Government Association John Yates, nominated by Institute of Historic Building Conservation

Organisations still to confirm nominations: Welsh Local Government Association Society for the Environment The Wildlife Trusts

Waterways Partnership Chairs: Steve Broomhead, North West Charlotte Atkins, Central Shires John Best, South East Danny Brennan, East Midlands Brian Fender, London Jim Forrester, North Wales & Borders Jack Hegarty, South Wales & Severn Peter Mathews CMG, West Midlands Walter Menzies, Manchester & Pennine Laurence Newman, Museums & Attractions Mark Penny, North East Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, Kennet & Avon

Chair still to be appointed: All Wales

Council members will serve for a period of four years. All minutes from Council meetings will be available online.

First publshed 12th March 2012