John Yates joins Council of Canal and River Trust

The past-chair of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), John Yates, is now on the Council of the newly formed Canal and River Trust – the future owner of the canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks of British Waterways – as the IHBC’s nominee, there to bring historic environment expertise.

John, who also runs a historic narrow boat, said: ‘I’m really looking forward to helping conserve and regenerate the world’s first industrial transport network – a priceless survivor, and globally significant’.

He has joined the council of the Canal and River Trust, as boaters and boating businesses have voted in their thousands to elect six representatives to the new Council being created to oversee and guide its work.

In 2012 the canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks cared for by British Waterways in England and Wales will transfer to the ownership of the Canal & River Trust. This represents the next exciting chapter in the history of the waterways. When launched, the Trust will be among the largest charities in the UK. It will give people a greater role in the running of their local waterways, secure investment in the historic network and open up new sources of income.

British Waterways writes:

Boating business have elected Nigel Stevens and Anthony Matts as their two representatives. Clive Henderson, Ivor Henry Caplan, Keith Vaughan Welch and Ann Farrell have been elected to represent the interests of private boaters. The elected staff representative is Christopher Alan Bailey.

Tony Hales, Chair of the Canal & River Trust, comments: “I am delighted so many people took the opportunity to cast their vote and make sure that their views are represented at the very highest level of the Trust. The Council will be the guardian of the long-term values and purposes of the Trust and it will play an important role in helping to shape policy, raising and debating issues. The range and breadth of experience represented on the Council is extensive, it will prove a valuable advisory body for Trustees and management to draw upon. There was a good turn out to our first Council election with 26 per cent of private boaters taking part, 37 per cent of boating business and 44 per cent of employees. We look forward to building on this as people see the impact of the work of the Council on the direction of the Trust.”

Council members will serve for a period of four years. All minutes from Council meetings will be available online.

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