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How IWA is organised

IWA is a charity governed by a board of trustees.

There are national committees that report to the board of trustees: Canalway Cavalcade Committee, Events Committee, Finance Committee; Navigation Committee; Remuneration Committee, Waterway Recovery Group; and the Volunteers Awards Panel.

The members of these committees are appointed by trustees, usually by approving recommendations from the committees themselves following advertisement for members.  A full list of the current membership of each committee is at

Essex Waterways Ltd is a subsidiary company of IWA and manages the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in Essex. It is run by a board of directors appointed by IWA’s trustees, but otherwise operates independently and is not a charity.

IWA is organised through a network of 8 regions and 33 local branches plus IWA Scotland.  The region chairs are listed at

Inland Waterways Association

Local Branches

Find the nearest of our 33 local branches.

Waterway Recovery Group

Our volunteers support waterway restoration.

Essex Waterways

We manage the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in Essex.

In Appreciation

Visit our pages where we celebrate the lives of recently departed supporters who left the waterways a better place.

Charity documents

Annual Report & Financial Statements for the year-ending 31st December 2021



Articles of Association