Friday, February 24, 2012

Call for Kennet & Avon Waterways Partnership members

The transition trustees for the Canal & River Trust, which is expected to take over the running of canals and some rivers in England and Wales at some time this year, have appointed a former a canal trust administrator, now a local government council member, to chair the Kennet & Avon Waterways Partnership and they are looking for members to join her to form a group to run the canal.

The call is for members to work with Fleur de Rhe Philipe and  waterway manager, Mark Stephens, to develop what they describe as: "an overarching vision for the Trust’s waterways within the Kennet & Avon area and develop strategies and plans to encourage more people to use and get involved with the waterway".

The shopping list of interests and expertise needed include:
  • boating
  • walking
  • angling
  • cycling
  • fundraising & volunteering
  • finance & commerce
  • planning & regeneration
  • environment and heritage
  • engineering & asset management
  • community engagement
...and people with experience of wider partnership working with local government, commercial and charitable sectors.  

"Initially", they say, "we are particularly looking for experience of the waterway societies, waterway-based business and local authorities" and they go on to say: "We are looking for candidates who are locally-based, team players, credible, knowledgeable and willing to take a lead in one or more of the relevant areas of expertise.  The duty of all Members of the Partnerships will be to act in the best interests of their waterway rather than to represent any particular interests or causes."

The positions are voluntary with expenses paid and will involve approximately 2-4 days a month.

If you would like to have an informal discussion to discuss this opportunity email:

To see the role profile go to:

For an application form go to:

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