Museums and attractions partnerships

The primary purpose of the partnerships is to connect local people and communities with their waterways.

The Museums & Attractions Partnership advises and supports the work of the Trust’s team at these six sites. As well as developing the strategy for the Museums & Attractions, the Partnership builds relationships with key organisations and people to help further the work of each museum or attraction.

Who's who

Laurence Newman, Chair

Laurence spent 20 years at KPMG as a partner directing their Leisure & Tourism Consulting Group.  Since leaving KPMG Laurence has been appointed to a number of Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Charity Trustee positions.  Laurence is also a member of the Canal & River Trust Council.

John Raistrick Alderson

Early years spent boating on the river Dee and Shropshire Union including passenger vessels and hire boat work.  Some 50 plus years of canal campaigning concurrent with a professional engineering career in the diesel engine industry ensured that John was never far from boats, waterways and associated museums.

Patricia Bayley

Patricia is a Council Member of the Huddersfield Canal Society (HCS) and a volunteer skipper of the HCS water taxi at Standedge Visitor Centre.  She was Marketing Officer for HCS and is also a member of the Horseboating Society and the Hollinwood, Grantham and Cromford Canal Societies.

Emma Chaplin

Emma is a consultant working with museum and heritage organisations across the UK. Her background is in museum collections management, having previously held posts including Heritage & Museums Officer for Cheshire County Council, Principal Museums Officer for Flintshire County Council and Keeper of Collections for the (then) Boat Museum in Ellesmere Port.

Jeff Fairweather

Jeff is chairman of the Boat Museum Society at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port and is currently team leader for site maintenance.  Prior to retirement, Jeff was Assistant Polo Manager at The Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park organising and co-ordinating over 400 polo matches per season.

Brenda Harvey

Brenda was Chief Executive of Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council and now has her own company providing management and consultancy advice.  Brenda was a Trustee of The Waterways Trust and a member of the Museums Management Board and a key player in the production of plans for the future of the National Waterways Museum and Stoke Bruerne Canal Corridor.

Chris Kay

Chris is Secretary and a Trustee of the Boat Museum Tust and is a member of the Canal & River Trust Volunteering Advisory Group.  He is a Lead Volunteer at the National Waterways Museum, past Chairman of the Boat Museum Society and was previously a member of The Waterways Trust Museums Management Board. Chris is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a local government background.  He was, for many years, the Environment Director for a Welsh County Council and prior to his retirement in 2007 was undertaking the role of Chief Executive.

Sara Mogel OBE

Having retired as a College Principal in 2013, Sara is Director of the Women's Leadership Network, Beacon Awards Assessor, Trustee of Signature and advises on skills.  She is a Fellow of the RSA, a Member of the Worshipful Company of Educators and received an OBE for services to vocational education.

Chris Witts

Chris has worked on and been involved with the River Severn since leaving school at 16 years of age.  Now he writes books, gives talks and works with TV and radio about Britain's longest river. As former Mayor of Gloucester, Chris took a keen interest in the Gloucester Waterways Museum and is now the chairman of the Friends of the Museum.

John Yates

John has 35 years' experience of guiding change to historic places, including 24 years as an English Heritage Inspector of Historic Buildings.  He is a former Chair of The Institute of Historic Building Conservation, whose nominee he now is on the Canal & River Trust Council, and also serves on the Heritage Advisory Group and National Waterways Museum Curatorial Committee.  John is a specialist in industrial heritage, with a detailed knowledge of the English waterways network.

Debbie Lumb, Head of Museums & Attractions

Debbie is Head of Museums & Attractions for the Canal & River Trust.  She has a wealth of experience in waterway management across the North West and prior to this, Debbie was Service Manager for the region.

Nigel Crowe, Head of Heritage

Nigel is Head of Heritage for the Canal & River Trust. His role is to represent the Trust's heritage function, leading a team of regional heritage advisers in England and Wales and providing advice and guidance on managing the historic environment of the waterways.  He is a member of the IHBC's editorial board and the author of the English Heritage Book of Canals (1995).