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The Restoration Hub’s High Level Panel is a key component of our work to champion restoration at a national level – encouraging, promoting and enabling waterway restoration to galvanise the attention and support of the media, influential politicians and other key stakeholders. 

The Panel is made up of a small team of individuals who have experience in waterways restoration at a strategic level. Working together, members of the Panel discuss key barriers facing the waterway restoration movement in order to give feedback and strategic direction to IWA trustees on how the Association can best support restoration. Working with the Hub team they support stakeholder engagement meetings with Environment Agency, Government and waterway authorities at a national level. They are also able to offer professional advice and guidance to specific waterway restoration challenges. 

The Panel meet two or three times a year. If you would like an issue to be discussed by the Panel please email mike.palmer@waterways.org.uk

Current members of the Panel

  • Terry Cavender – Buckingham Canal Society
  • Nigel Crowe: IWA’s Heritage Advisory Group
  • John Dodwell: Montgomery Canal Partnership
  • Neil Edwards: former IWA CEO / insurance advisor / Essex Waterways
  • Martin Ludgate: Editor of WRG’s Navvies Magazine
  • Chris Madge: Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust
  • Ken Oliver: Wiltshire Council (Wilts and Berks Canal)
  • George Rogers: Chesterfield Canal Trust / Friends of the Cromford Canal
  • Mike Palmer: Waterway Recovery Group
  • John Pomfret: IWA’s Navigation Committee / Essex Waterways
  • Robin Stonebridge: Chesterfield Canal Trust
  • Peter Walker: Canal & River Trust

IWA’s Restoration Hub: In a Nutshell