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We are announcing a raft of new appointments to our Navigation Advisory Group, bringing a wide range of new experience to complement that of the group’s existing members.
Maintaining canals and rivers for navigation is at the core of what the we do, and we want to ensure our decisions are well informed by those who cruise the waterways regularly. The Navigation Advisory Group is made up of boaters with a variety of backgrounds to bring as broad a range of perspectives as possible to the advice provided. The new appointments are being made to the Group’s Moorings and Licensing Sub-group.
There was a lot of interest when the charity put out the call for new members, and the Trust was impressed by the high calibre of boaters wanting to get involved. The Trust will benefit from the additional experience and enthusiasm boaters are offering, and as such has decided to increase the size of the Group from five to twelve members.
Ian Rogers, head of customer services at the Trust, said: “It’s wonderful that people with such passion and enthusiasm, not to mention the wide-ranging experience, are going to be joining us, and I’m delighted to welcome them to the strong group we have already. Our new members increase the representation from continuous cruisers, providing a reflection of the boating community, as well as bringing skills from business boating and the charity and commercial worlds. They also, I’m sure the existing members won’t mind me saying, bring down the average age of the group. With the general demographic of boaters being older, getting younger people onboard is vital to the continuing life of our waterways. There were a lot of strong candidates and I’d like to thank everyone who applied for their interest.”
They will join the existing membership made up of Paul LeBlique (Association of Waterways Cruising Clubs); Beryl McDowall (Residential Boat Owners’ Association); Tim Parker (former chair, Association of Pleasure Craft Operators); and the group’s chair, Mike Annan (chair, Buckingham Canal Society). Short biographies are available here
Mark Walton is stepping down after his three-year term as he will be doing more cruising and exploring the waterways. The Trust would like to thank him for his valuable work over his time on the Group.
Members meet three to four times a year and serve three-year terms. The new members will be inducted in the summer and will attend their first meeting in October.
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