Criteria: For an IWA member who has, in the opinion of trustees, made an outstanding contribution in further the Association's campaign. This is the Association's premier award.
Nomination: Roger Squires has made a life-time commitment to promoting the importance of the UK's historic canals and rivers and, in the last twenty years in particular, has made a lasting impression for the public benefit on the waterways of the London area.
Roger is an IWA life member of over 30 years standing, and was deputy national chairman until September 2009, chairman of Navigation Committee for many years. He was a trustee of the Association and chairman of London Region From November 2000 to September 2009. He is a trustee of the London Canal Museum, a member of the London Waterways Commission and a UK Director of the American Canal Society.
Amongst overseas waterways organisations, Roger Squires is widely considered one of the most well-respected figures on the international waterways scene, being a leading organiser of Inland Waterways International since its foundation, an organiser of the World Canals Conference (responsible for bringing it to the UK - Liverpool in 2007), and ambassador for the UK waterways through Europe and America, all at his own expense and initiative. All this has brought great credit to IWA.
Roger Squires interest in the inland waterways around London developed through St Pancras Cruising Club, where he was commodore for ten years, before being elected its Vice President in
2001. During that time he has strived to make London's waterways as accessible as possible to people of all walks of life, and has been involved in numerous activities and events to encourage the people of London to enjoy and appreciate its canals and navigable rivers. All this work has been entirely voluntary and he has made a real difference to the waterways of London and round the inland waterways network of England and Wales, particularly through his chairmanship of Navigation Committee, Roger Squires has also promoted the inland waterways through his authorship of a range of canal books. including those on individual navigation histories, canal walks, and waterways restoration matters. He is an occasional contributor of waterways articles to the press. But above all, he is well respected for his patient diplomacy in advancing IWA's causes for the inland waterways, on a national and international scene.
Nominated by Peter Duggan