As Partnership chairs, each will lead a group of leading local figures and experts to help deliver our regional plans and champion the interests of local waterways. The unpaid roles include guiding decisions about spending, helping to develop local engagement plans, supporting external funding bids for waterway projects and representing their region's waterways on our national Council.
Lynne Berry, chair of the Canal & River Trust's Appointments Committee, comments: “I am delighted to welcome both Brenda and David to their roles as Partnership chairs. Their commitment and experience will further help the contribution our canals and rivers can make to all areas of day-to-day life by attracting jobs and tourism, promoting healthy lifestyles, improving accessibility and increasing education opportunities.”
Each Partnership is made up of a range of people representing different waterways interests such as boaters, walkers, cyclists and anglers. They also include people with relevant expertise in areas like volunteering, fundraising, environment, heritage and community engagement.
We have thirteen Waterway Partnerships in all. Most of these reflect geographic waterway admin boundaries, but we also have a Partnership dedicated to our Museums and Attractions and one specifically for Wales.