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Three new trustees bring extra experience to CRT board

Three new trustees have been appointed to the board of the Canal & River Trust as it nears official approval. The new appointees, all volunteers, bring specialist knowledge in finance, asset management and property investment to the charity, which will immediately become the third largest owner of listed buildings in the UK and one of the top 20 charities by income.

The first, Marisa Cassoni, is currently the finance director of the John Lewis Partnership, as well as sitting on a number of committees and boards, including the philanthropic Peabody Trust.

Manish Chande is a senior partner of Mountgrange, the private commercial investor and developer, and was previously on the board of Land Securities plc. From 2003 until last year he was a Commissioner of English Heritage, and in 2007 because a trustee of the London Clinic.

Steve Shine OBE has been chief operating officer of Thames Water since 2007, but is about to leave ‘to take on new challenges’. He started his career as an electrician, working through the electrical industry to become MD of London Electricity Contracting and a board member of London Electricity (later EDF).

Tony Hales, chairman of the Canal & River Trust, said “The new trustees bring a huge amount of expertise and knowledge, particularly in areas which will be key to our future success.”

The new appointments need to be ratified at the first meeting of the Trust’s council on 28th March, for an initial three year term.   The roles are unpaid (except for expenses).

Wednesday 14 March  | Andrew Denny  | 5.21pm, Wednesday 14 March 2012

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