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Five more CRT waterways partnership chairs appointed

On 9th March the new Canal & River Trust announced five more 'chairs' of the waterways partnerships that will manage the regions when the Trust takes over.  

The new chairs are:

·        North East: Mark Penny, previously a director of Yorkshire Water and last year’s president of the Institute of Water. 

·        Central Shires: Charlotte Atkins, former MP for Staffordshire Moorlands.

·        East Midlands: Danny Brennan of Brennan Interim, a management services company.

·        London: Brian Fender, a former chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council.

·        South East: John Best, formerly chief executive of Milton Keynes Council.

The new chairs will themselves shortly begin recruiting members for their respective waterways partnerships. Each partnership should include a selection of interests, including boaters, waterway users and local businesses and the community, as well as heritage and environmental specialists and people with experience in fundraising and volunteering.

Lynne Berry, CRT trustee and member of the Transition Appointments Committee, which selected the chairs, said: “As each will play an integral role, assisting with the management of 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales, it’s imperative that along with a passion for our waterways, they possess business leadership skills and be experienced influencers and negotiators.

The new chairs will also sit on the Trust’s national council, and are expected to bring experience in a number of important areas including regeneration and planning, partnership building and community engagement and water management and operations, as well as an understanding of how local and national government works. 

Only the All-Wales Waterways Partnership role now remains to be filled.

Friday 9 March  | Andrew Denny  | 11.39am, Friday 9 March 2012

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