Chairs appointed for Canal & River Trust Waterway Partnerships

Issue date: 5th December 2011

The Canal & River Trust, the new waterways charity that will become the guardian of the canals and rivers in England and Wales in April next year, has appointed chairs to a number of the Waterway Partnerships that will play a role in the management of canals and rivers across the network.

Chairs have been appointed in Manchester & Pennine, North Wales & Borders, South Wales & Severn and Kennet & Avon. The chairs for the Partnerships in the West Midlands and North West, who have, to date, been trials, have been asked to and have agreed to continue. A chair has also been recruited for the Museums Partnership, which will be the successor to The Waterways Trust Museums Management Board.

Chairs are now being sought for the remaining Waterway Partnerships in the North East, Central Shires, East Midlands, South East and London and recruitment for the All Wales Partnership is continuing.

Appointed chairs of Waterway Partnerships

Manchester & Pennine: Professor Walter Menzies. Previously chief executive of the Mersey Basin Campaign.

North Wales & Borders: Jim Forrester. Jim is currently director at Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.

South Wales & Severn: Jack Hegarty. Jack has been managing director of Wychavon District Council since 2004.

Kennet & Avon: Fleur de Rhe Philipe. Fleur has been a member of Wiltshire Council since 1997, currently as cabinet member for economic development and strategic planning.

North West: Professor Steven Broomhead. Currently professor of entrepreneurial education at Liverpool Hope University.

West Midlands: Peter Mathews CMG. Peter is past chair of the Black Country Consortium.

Museums: Laurence Newman. Chairman, Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.

See full press release on the British Waterways website