Canal & River Trust to hold Elections for New Members of Governing Council

1 October 2019

The Canal & River Trust is calling on individuals to stand for election to the charity’s governing Council with nominations opening on 21 October until 18 November.

The Council is currently made up of 50 elected and independently nominated members together with six Regional Advisory Board chairs.  Together they reflect the wide appeal of the waterways – from boating and angling through to walking and conservation.  The Council is responsible for the appointment of Trustees, helps to shape policies and provides guidance and perspective to Trustees.

The elections are for representatives from the private boating, business boating, fisheries and angling, volunteers, Friends of the Trust, and Trust employees.

To be eligible to stand for election, sponsor an election candidate, and vote in the election, interested parties are referred to the Canal & River Trust’s website for the eligibility criteria:

Allan Leighton, chair of Canal & River Trust, said: “We are excited to be holding these elections to our Council and I would encourage people to stand as candidates.  The Council plays a vital role in our governance framework and this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with our work, find out more about the opportunities and challenges we face, and channel the views of these constituency groups.”

The election process will be run independently of the Trust by Electoral Reform Services (ERS) and it will be an online process.  Anyone keen to stand for election, or anyone who may have a query about eligibility or the election process, can find out more at

The Trust will be sending out emails to all those eligible on 21 October 2019.