John Fletcher was IWA's national chairman from November 2002 to November 2008.
He has been a member of the Association since 1975 and is now an honorary life member. His active involvement with the Association developed from Manchester Branch committee membership in the early 1980's, and as a Site and Services Manager at the 1988 National Festival. Subsequently he held a number of branch roles before becoming branch chairman. In January 1998, became North West Region Chairman and consequently a trustee and a member of the then Navigation Technical & Amenity Committee. Within a year, he added Finance & General Purposes Committee responsibilities and was elected to the then Management Committee. In November 2001 was elected a deputy national chairman.
John is a member of many restoration societies, has been active in the governance of a few, and represented IWA on a number including the Appeal for Anderton Boat Lift, and he actively participated in meetings of both the Northern and Southern Canals Associations. He was a trustee (in a personal capacity) of The Waterways Trust from August 2000 to 2007.
He is a boat owner, towpath walker, and has an especial interest in the built heritage. Photography, talking and writing about waterways, has been a large part of his waterway involvement, and he is a collector and reader of waterway books.
He was appointed OBE in 2009.