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Essex Waterways manages and maintains the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation as a subsidiary company of The Inland Waterways Association. Essex Waterways Ltd took over the management of the Navigation in 2005, in order to save the waterway from closing.  

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Spend your days by our waterway and work for the beautiful 14-mile Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation.

Who we are

The directors of Essex Waterways

Essex Waterways Ltd is managed by a board of directors, each appointed for a term of three years (eligible for reappointment), by the trustees of The Inland Waterways Association.  The current directors are:

  • Roy Chandler – Chairman
  • Neil Edwards – Company Secretary
  • Colin Edmond
  • Craig Holliday Dave Smart
  • David Carrington Jim Jenkins John Pomfret


Essex Waterways Ltd is a trading subsidiary company of The Inland Waterways Association, a registered charity that campaigns for the preservations, conservation, restoration and development of the inland waterways of Great Britain. 

As a private company, Essex Waterways Ltd is bound by the requirements of the Companies Acts, although it also tries to act in the best interests of the waterway and for the benefit of the public.  Any surplus funds that are made at the end of each year’s trading are passed to The Inland Waterways Association, and are placed in a Restricted Fund that can only be spent on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, as part of IWA’s charitable purpose.