Published

30 April 2021

In 2020, IWA moved to a new process for selecting trustees to sit on its Board, in line with Charity Commission guidelines. These require charities to consider “the skills and experience the current trustees have, and whether there are any gaps”. This prompted trustees to conclude that a more diverse Board with a wider range of identified skills, experience and perspectives was needed to ensure the most effective delivery of the charity’s objectives.

In 2021, IWA intends to continue with a similar approach, taking into consideration comments from members regarding last year’s process, and will shortly be seeking applications from candidates who demonstrate the experience and skill sets that will be needed over the next three years to complement the existing trustees on the Board.

Four trustee positions are available to be filled this year.

Further details regarding the trustee application and selection process will be available from next week. Applications will need to be returned by 5pm on Friday 11th June. The selection panel will meet in mid-to-late June with applicants being notified of their proposed appointment by Friday 2nd July. The panel’s proposed appointees will be presented to members at the AGM, and members’ confirmation of the appointments will be sought.

New appointees will commence their formal, legal role as trustees after the IWA AGM at the end of September 2021.

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

Next steps: information on the application process, which will detail the skill sets needed and final details of the process to be followed, will be available on the IWA website from Tuesday 4th May. It can also be obtained from IWA’s Chesham Office – email iwa@waterways.org.uk or write to Trustee Applications, IWA, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham HP5 1WA.