We're calling on people to stand for election for our governing council, with nominations opening on 11 September, before voting in November.
The council is made up of 40 nominated, co-opted or elected members as well as the chairs of the waterway partnerships. Together they reflect the wide appeal of the waterways – from boating and angling through to walking and conservation. The council is responsible for the appointment of trustees, helping to shape policies and providing guidance and perspective to trustees.
This year’s elections will decide four posts representing the interests of private boaters, two representing boating businesses, a post representing the trust’s staff, and for the first time, elected posts for volunteers and people who make a regular donation to our charity.
Those interested in standing for election will need sponsors and to prepare their manifesto. Council members take up their four-year volunteer post from March 2016.
Tony Hales, chairman of the Canal & River Trust, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people with a passion for the waterways to get involved with our work, and particularly in how the Trust is governed. Nominations open in September but we’re appealing for candidates now so that people have time to get prepared. You can get advice about all stages of the election process, so do refer to our website if you are interested.”
The election process will be run independently of the Trust by Electoral Reform Services (ERS) and it will be an online process. Anyone keen to stand for election, or anyone who may have a query about eligibility or the election process, can find out more at canalrivertrust.org.uk/councilelections2015