Rt Hon Sir Robert Atkins
Sir Robert has had a long and varied political career, serving as MP for nearly 20 years and MEP for North West Region of England for 15 years. He was knighted in the 1997 Dissolution Honours List in recognition of his service as a Member of Parliament, as Minister of State for Northern Ireland and as Minister of State for the Environment.
As well as being a keen boater and narrowboat owner, Sir Robert was President of the “Ribble Link” Canal Campaign. He was first appointed an IWA trustee and North West Region Chair in 2017.