Our new chief executive, Richard Parry, has spent his first few months in the job getting first-hand experience of the things that are central to the charity’s purpose.
"All our many users, especially boaters, are vital to the Trust,” Richard says. “I want to make sure we listen carefully to views from the cut and openly share our ideas and plans for the future so that we get input from those whose commitment to our waterways is greatest.”
After his introduction to the Trust and its many diverse activities, Richard is today announcing his plans for the year ahead to improve engagement and communication with boaters. “We have a lot to talk about as we shape our planning for the years ahead,” he adds. “I want to make sure our plans align with what our customers want. There are also things we can do in the short term that will make a difference in the next year. So today I’m announcing a range of initiatives to engage with and benefit boaters and waterway users in general. Our governance arrangements already provide us with considerable input from waterway users through our Council, local Waterway Partnerships, and Advisory Groups – especially the Navigation Advisory Groups. Whilst we value these relationships I am determined to do more to open up the Trust’s thinking to as wide a range of views as possible.”
Richard is also announcing today that – in line with the commitment given by the Trust in 2012 – private boat licences will rise in April 2014 by 2.8% in line with inflation, and will be increased by no more than inflation for the following two years.
To maintain the Trust’s commitment to transparency, every two months, Richard will hold a press briefing with the waterway press to set out current performance and take questions about any Trust activities or future plans.