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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
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Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Today we've appointed Ben Gordon and Allan Leighton as our new Trustees.
They join the Trustee Board which is legally responsible for ensuring that we work towards our Charitable Objectives, sets the overarching policy and strategy for us, and provides oversight of our executive team. The appointments to the unpaid posts, approved by the Council today, start with immediate effect for a three year term.
Ben Gordon studied as a civil engineer specialising in hydraulics before obtaining an MBA from INSEAD and holding senior positions at WHSmith and Disney prior to becoming chief executive of Mothercare for nine years until 2011. He holds a number of non-executive director positions.
Allan Leighton was formerly CEO of Asda Plc, chairman of the Royal Mail and has and does hold a number of non-executive chairmanships including Pace Plc, Pandora AS, Lastminute.com and BSkyB. He was also chairman of Race for Opportunity and an Ambassador for Prince Charles in Business in the Community. He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard and has Honorary Degrees from Cranfield and an Honorary Fellowship from University of Lancashire. He is a Patron of Breast Cancer Care and a keen canal runner.
Tony Hales, our chair of Trustees, comments: “I’m delighted to welcome Ben and Allan to the Canal & River Trust. Their commercial knowledge, and wide-ranging experience will prove invaluable to the Trust as we continue to establish this exciting new charity, developing new income streams to support our care for the inland waterway network and provide an enhanced focus on customer service that will make the canals a more attractive place for boaters and towpath visitors alike. I eagerly look forward to working them.
“I’d also like to reiterate my thanks to John Bridgeman who steps down as a trustee for his expert advice and unwavering commitment to the waterways over the eight years on the Board of British Waterways and the Trust. I wish him the very best for the future.”
With the retirement of John Bridgeman, the appointment of Ben Gordon and Allan Leighton brings the number of Trustees to 11. A list of Trustees is available at: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/governance/trustees
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