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Candidates for appointment as trustees at the 2023 AGM

Stuart Craig

Stuart is a narrowboat owner and has just turned 66.  He is married with two dependants: both furry and of the barking kind.

By mid September 2023 he will have retired as the CEO of a small charity, so if selected as a trustee he will have a little more time on his hands to serve IWA.

His career began in housing and homelessness for a decade and a half, until he got the travel bug.  In 1991 he found himself volunteering as a fundraiser for a hospice project in the tiny kingdom of Swaziland (now called Eswatini) in southern Africa.  Two years later he got the chance to work in South Africa, which has been the focus of several development sector jobs since.  Possibly his favourite job ever was seven years at Comic Relief (2008-15) managing a portfolio of grants to organisations working on poor housing conditions, in 14 different African countries.

He has become very familiar with how boards work in the charity sector, as many of the organisations he has worked with have been of a similar size to IWA.  In particular he has a strong understanding of good governance; he has a good grasp of the respective remits of a staff team and a Board of Trustees; and he is very familiar with budgeting, management accounts, strategy development etc.  As a recent charity CEO he was responsible for programme delivery, financial control, HR, fundraising, communications and all day to day functions of the charity. He would like to think this comprehensive set of responsibilities could be of value to the Board.



Nick Dybeck

Nick is a retired chartered civil engineer where he was responsible for managing a number of major construction projects. He has experience as a company director and charity trustee. Most recently, Nick has worked with several companies reviewing governance and risk management.

Nick’s interest in the waterways started with canoeing the River Nene. He has owned a narrowboat since 2001, living aboard when working away from home and more recently using it as a weekend retreat.  He was first appointed as an IWA trustee in 2020.





Peter Marlow

Peter has a lifelong interest in canals, particularly from a walker’s and nature-lover’s perspective.  This dates from when he was taken to see Sapperton Tunnel when researching a school project.  He is a member of the Cotswold Canals Trust, his local restoration project.

Peter has experience as a charity trustee, having served 6 years (two terms) with PM4NGOs, a US-based NGO which develops free guides in project management for the international development sector and provides on-line certifications.  He is also a trustee of the Kambia Appeal a UK-based charity that aims to improve the medical conditions in the Kambia district of Sierra Leone.

Peter is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a member of the Association for Project Management.








Sue O’Hare

Sue’s career was in new technology and innovation, working with a variety of organisations from corporates to public sector and start-up companies. In parallel she held voluntary roles including chairing a professional association and serving on the board of a science and technology outreach organisation.  She is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Educators.

Sue is a long-time boater. She started by hiring on the inland waterways, had a share in a boat for 13 years, and became a boat owner just before the COVID-19 pandemic. Sue has served on IWA’s Navigation Committee since 2016 and was appointed Chair in 2022. She was first appointed as an IWA Trustee in 2020 and has been a Deputy National Chair since 2021.





Paul Strudwick

Paul has been boating since he was taught to sail by an uncle at the age of eleven, and has owned narrowboats on the canals for nearly 40 years.  He joined British Telecommunications (then the GPO) in 1965 and took early retirement in 2000.  Since leaving BT he has run his own limited company and worked, as a technician, in one of the country’s top grammar schools.

Paul was first elected as a trustee in 2006 and has had several spells as a trustee since.  He has been London Region Chair since 2010 and served on Navigation Committee, Cavalcade Committee and the old Promotions Committee.  He helped develop the Silver Propeller Challenge scheme and is committed to widening the membership of the Association so that IWA is recognised by others as being a ‘broad church’ representing not only the boating and heritage interests, but all other users such as walkers and casual visitors.




Tom White

Tom has over 15 years experience across the maritime, defence, manufacturing and engineering sectors through positions at Rolls-Royce, Lloyd’s Register, Connected Places Catapult and most recently as Innovation and Net Zero at Thames Freeport. Tom is passionate about the role of our waterways in connecting people and communities across the UK, providing social value and creating new economic opportunities for regions. Having extensive experience in multi-party innovation programmes in maritime, decarbonisation and ecosystem development, Tom is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and holds a BSc in Environmental Science.