Elected September 2016
Waterway Interests: Helen Whitehouse is a life member of IWA having joined in 1983. She first became interested in canals at a very early age after her grandfather took her to watch working boats go through the lock near her home in Walsall. Her first hire boat holiday was in 1979. She has owned a boat since 1982 and kept it moored on the Birmingham Canal Navigations for many years.
Helen is a founder member of IWA Lichfield Branch. She has served on the branch committee on and off ever since, as meetings secretary, sales officer and twice as branch chairman (1990-1997 and 2013-2016). She has also served on the West Midlands Region committee from 1990 to 2004 and 2013 to the present time and held the post as West Midlands Region secretary for six years. She was chairman of the two successful IWA National Campaign events on the BCN (in 1997 & 1998) working closely with IWA Birmingham branch, the BCN Society and Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.
She joined the IWA Sales and Promotions Committee and as its vice-chairman became a director of Inland Waterways Enterprises Ltd from 2003-2007. She continued on the committee of IWA's Promotions and Communications Committee until recently. Her face is familiar to many because she has worked as a recruiter and sales person on IWA national stands around the country for over 20 years.
She was appointed to the Environment Agency Area Environmental Group in 1996 to represent navigation and recreation interests and became chairman of this group in 2000 until AEGs ceased to have a function.
She was awarded a Richard Bird medal by IWA in September 2005.
She firmly believes that IWA cannot just sit on its laurels and bask in past glories but must continue to campaign for what is best for our waterways.
She is a life member of the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and the Chesterfield Canal Trust, and a member of the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society.
Non waterway interests: Helen is a life member of the National Trust, English Heritage and the Royal Horticultural Society.
Professional Qualifications: Helen retired in 2008. She is a qualified doctor and after working for many years as a General Practitioner gave up the joys of permanent sleep deprivation to become an Occupational Health Physician.
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