New Trustees Needed to Join the Canal & River Trust

Issue date: 12th December 2011

The Canal & River Trust is seeking to appoint a further three volunteers to join its board of trustees ahead of taking over from British Waterways as the guardian of the 2,000 miles of canal and river in England and Wales.

CRT is looking for candidates with significant experience gained through operating at a senior level in a substantial enterprise including the handling of senior management and governance issues and an understanding and empathy with the natural and built heritage of the waterways.

In addition, applicants are sought who have particular experience in finance (to chair the Trust’s Audit Committee), property investment and asset management (to chair the Trust’s Commercial Investment Committee) or senior leadership within organisations focussing on large-scale engineering, asset and environmental management.

The recruitment of the new trustees is being undertaken by a committee made up of two existing trustees and two independent people appointed by Defra. The appointments will be recommended for approval at the first meeting of the Canal & River Trust Council in March 2012.

Successful candidates will be appointed for three years with the expectation of renewal for a second three-year term. They are likely to need to devote approximately three days a month. The roles will not be remunerated, however legitimate travel and other expenses will be fully reimbursed.

Those interested in applying can find further details from search specialists Saxton Bampfylde Ltd, at quoting ref number QAWTA or by calling 020 7227 0890 (during office hours) or emailing  The closing date for applications is noon on Tuesday 3rd January 2012.