We have appointed four Chairs to our new Regional Advisory Boards. They will use their local knowledge and contacts to connect our waterways, and all their wellbeing benefits, into the lives of the communities that surround them.
The appointments, which are voluntary and for an initial term of three years, include people who have had significant experience in the private and public sector and who are keen to support the Trust in making an impact in their regions with all the benefits which the canals and rivers can bring. The Chairs bring with them a wealth of experience across many different industry sectors and a passion for our waterways.
The new Chairs will now begin the process of establishing their Regional Advisory Boards, which will be initially formed with committed volunteers who previously served in our waterway partnerships.
Richard Parry, Chief Executive at Canal & River Trust, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new Regional Advisory Board Chairs to the Trust. The new Advisory Boards are a vital part of our commitment to working at a local level to make sure our waterways are bound into the regional networks we are such a vital part of, and will deliver wellbeing benefits to the numerous local communities we serve and the customers who use them.
“The Regional Advisory Boards will also inform how we transpose our strategic thinking into action, and find new and innovative ways to achieve our ambitions. They will be key influencers, identifying and working with regional decision-makers across all sectors to champion our waterways and rally support for the Trust.
“The calibre of the appointments we’ve made so far demonstrates the powerful draw of the waterways. It’s fantastic that such a range of people want to be involved in securing the future of our wonderful canals and rivers, continuing to make life better by water for this generation and those to come.”