Published

1 October 2021

The appointments were formally approved at IWA’s AGM on Saturday 25th September. As a result, Rebecca Hughes and Hannah Sterritt will join the board. They bring with them a wealth of experience in marketing, fundraising and supporter engagement within the not-for-profit sector. The other two positions were filled by existing trustees, John Butler and Sir Robert Atkins. Consequently, the four trustees will now serve a three-year term.  

We are very thankful to our retiring trustees Helen Whitehouse, Nicki Schiessel Harvey and Roger Stocker. 

Find out more about the board of trustees.

New trustee: Rebecca Hughes

Rebecca is a marketing, communications and fundraising professional with experience working for organisations in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors.  

Currently Rebecca leads on individual giving, campaigns, and commercial partnerships for the wildlife charity, Butterfly Conservation. In addition, Rebecca has led marketing teams at Table Tennis England and the global manufacturing company, Enercon Industries as well as providing consultancy for several businesses. 

Rebecca is a keen paddleboarder and writes about the sport for several publications including SUP International. She became actively involved with cleaning up rivers through Plastic Patrol (now known as Planet Patrol) in 2018 and has a keen interest in the protection and restoration of waterways.   

New trustee: Hannah Sterritt

Hannah Sterritt is a liveaboard boater and volunteer lock keeper based on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in South Wales.

Hannah will soon complete a MSc in Sustainability Planning and Environmental Policy at Cardiff University. Her final dissertation focusses on the liveaboard boating community on the UK’s inland waterways.

Hannah currently works for Miller Research, a sustainability and social research consultancy that primarily operates in the public sector. She has previously held a Trustee position for Cardiff University Students’ Union and has just completed a four-year term as a Local Authority Governor at a Cardiff Primary School.

As a younger member of the community, Hannah hopes to use her experience to inspire the next generation of passionate IWA supporters.