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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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We've appointed a new trustee, Frances Done, following a meeting of the board of Trustees today (28 March).
I’m delighted we’ve appointed Frances, her expertise and experience across a number of sectors make her an outstanding addition.
Frances is currently Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. Her career has spanned public, private and third sectors and between 2003 and 2012 she was Chair of The Waterways Trust.
A graduate of Manchester University and chartered accountant for 38 years, Frances worked for KPMG before becoming Director of Finance and then Chief Executive of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council. Whilst with the Council she led negotiations on the local authority side for the restoration of the Rochdale Canal.
For three years from 2000, Frances was Chief Executive of Manchester 2002 – the company responsible for organising the successful Manchester Commonwealth Games.
Subsequently she held the post of Managing Director for Local Government, Housing and Criminal Justice at the Audit Commission with responsibility for the Commission’s audit and inspection work in relation to local government in England.
After leaving the Audit Commission, Frances was interim Director General of the Royal British Legion before taking up her current role.
Frances, a regular holiday boater, is married with two grown up sons and lives in Cheshire.
Frances said: “It is a huge privilege to have been appointed as a Trustee. I’m fortunate enough to have been involved with the waterways for a number of years, in both professional and personal capacities, and experience the enormous passion people have for the nation’s canals and rivers. It’s exciting times for the Trust, and all who care for the waterways.”
Tony Hales, Chair of the Trust, said: “I’m delighted we’ve appointed Frances, her expertise and experience across a number of sectors make her an outstanding addition. As a former chair of the Waterways Trust, Frances has a great understanding and enthusiasm for the waterways, and as we aim to get more young people involved with the canals in the coming years, her role with the Youth Justice Board will be invaluable.
The ten Trustees of the Canal & River Trust are legally responsible for ensuring that the Trust works towards its charitable objectives. Trustees are unpaid and take collective decisions on policy and overarching strategy.
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal