The British Waterways move from a public corporation to a charity (in England and Wales) will be completed by 2012 and the panel who will appoint the ‘Transition Trustees’ has been announced by Defra.
Andrew Hind CB (Chairman) who stepped down as Chief Executive of the Charity Commission in August 2010 after six years’ service. His previous positions include Chief Operating Officer of the BBC World Service, Deputy Chief Executive at ActionAid and Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Barnado’s.
Roger Clarke is Chair of Think Global which promotes learning for a just and sustainable world. He also holds positions as the Chair of the Civil Society Advisory Board at Defra, Board member of the Peak District National Park Authority, the Woodland Trust, British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and is a member of the Expert Panel at the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Dinah Nichols CB is a former Director-General for Environment in DETR and Defra, where she was the sponsor for British Waterways. She is currently Chair of the National Forest Company, a non-executive Director of Pennon Group plc and a Trustee of the Land Trust and Keep Britain Tidy. She sits on the Policy Advisory Committee of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
Robin Ritzema is a an independent consultant and an accredited independent public appointments assessor. Formerly a senior civil servant in the Department of Education, Cabinet Office and elsewhere, he has extensive experience in the fields of education and science policy and management, in the UK and overseas.