Canal & River Trust seeks New Chairperson for the Kennet & Avon Waterway Partnership

The Canal & River Trust – the new charity responsible for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales – is recruiting a Chairperson for its Kennet & Avon Waterway Partnership.

The Waterway Partnership plays a key part in shaping how the Kennet & Avon and Bridgwater & Taunton Canals are run, and importantly is helping to give people a greater role in looking after their local waterways.

Reporting to the chair of trustees and council, the Chair of the Partnership is a lead ambassador for the waterway. In addition to having a track record of championing the interests of community and voluntary sector organisations, it will be important for the Chair to have experience of working with local authorities and business at a senior level.

The role is voluntary with expenses paid and will involve approximately two-four days a month.

Roger Hanbury, head of governance services at the Canal & River Trust, said: “This is an exciting role in a new charity. We are looking for an outstanding person to help take us forward as the Trust develops its work in its formative years.

“The Kennet & Avon and Bridgwater & Taunton Canals cover a huge geographical area and play an extremely important and varied role in the communities which they run through. As an ambassador for the waterways, the new Chair will have a crucial role in helping local people enjoy their waterways and improve them for future generations.”

More details about the role are available at If you wish to discuss further contact Mark Stephens, Waterway Manager, on 01380 737901.

If you would like to apply please complete our application form and return to by 11 March 2013.

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