Viscountess Knollys DL OBE, an IWA Vice President since 2004, died at the age of 84 on 26th September. Sheelin Knollys (prounounced noʊlz) was best known for her public service in Norfolk, where she was an elected councillor for South Norfolk District Council for over 20 years from 1983, the final year (1996) as chair. This led to her appointment as the Council’s nominee to the Broads Authority, in which she took great interest, eventually being appointed deputy chair of the Authority, and then chair from 1997 to 2003. Her knowledge and support for The Broads was instrumental in her appointment by Government as chair of the Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council in February 1997, a role in which she served with distinction for nine years (the maximum permitted) until 2006, overseeing its reformation and relaunch as the Inland Waterways Advisory Council.
Born Sheelin Maxwell in December 1937, her father Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon Somerset Arthur Maxwell (MP for Kings Lynn and Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of War) was killed in the Battle of Allamein in December 1942, and her mother died in April 1953 in a plane crash along with other members of her wider family when Sheelin was only 15. She married the Hon David Knollys in October 1959, who succeeded his father as the 3rd Viscount Knollys in December 1966.
[The photo, left, shows Sheelin at IWA North West Region’s 2005 AGM.]