1 June 2021

We are seeking applications from candidates who demonstrate the experience and skillsets that will be needed over the next three years to complement the existing trustees on the Board.

We are seeking to appoint trustees based on their skills, knowledge and experience in a number of areas, including:

  • Fundraising
  • Planning & Heritage Protection
  • HR

Please see the Skillset Framework for the full list.

We welcome applications from people from all walks of life as we look to enhance the diversity of the Board.

Information Pack

Please take a look at the information pack to gain a deeper understanding of the role and responsibilities of being a trustee.

Application process

We are asking all applicants to complete a Skillset Framework covering the range of skills sought for the role.  No one person is likely to have all skills required on the board, so you are invited to complete only those areas where you feel your abilities or experience would add value to the role.

You are invited to add any further comment or supporting materials that you believe will help us to understand the value you can bring to the role. In particular we would be interested in any experience you may have working with other charities, whether or not there is a waterways connection.

Please forward the Skillset Framework and any other relevant documents via email to, with a copy to by 5pm Friday 11th June.

Trustee Application Information

Information for potential new trustees

Provides what you need to consider before completing your application.



Trustee Skillset Framework

Lists the range of skills needed within the IWA board of trustees.



Next Steps

The selection panel will meet in late June with applicants being notified of their proposed appointment by Friday 2nd July.

New proposed appointees will be invited to  attend the trustees’ meeting on Saturday 11th September. The board will seek approval for the appointment of new trustees at the 2021 AGM. New appointees will commence their formal, legal role as trustees after the IWA AGM at the end of September 2021.

Please feel free to contact Dave Chapman, IWA Deputy Chairman on 07808 720555

The Selection Panel

The Selection panel has now been confirmed and comprises:

  • Liz Payne – ex-Trustee, ex-IWA National Deputy Chair, IWA West Country Branch, ex-Chair Cotswold Canal Trust
  • Mike Sumner – IWA Chester and Merseyside Branch and WRG Volunteer
  • Ray Alexander – IWA West Country Branch Chair
  • Helen Gardner – WRG Board Member
  • Paul Strudwick – ex-Trustee and IWA London Region Chair
  • Dave Chapman – Trustee and IWA Chiltern Branch Chair (Chair of the Panel)