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Who's Who

Luke Walker
 
Luke’s first foray into volunteer waterway restoration was with the London team of the Waterway Recovery Group, specifically at Foxham on the Wilts & Berks Canal in Wiltshire.  This was early in 1991.  His career in waterway restoration was very much based on the Wilts & Berks for many years as he became work party organiser, then secretary to their WPOs meeting, then Publicity Committee Chair and a Projects Director.  When he came to stand down from regular involvement in 2011 he was still WPO for Foxham, a Projects Director, and Vice Chair of the Trust’s Council of Management.
 
He served for many years on the Restoration Committee of Inland Waterways Association and made numerous contacts, and admits to having learned a lot.  He found two former colleagues from that committee when he took the step of applying to the Charity Commission to form WWRT.  He wasn’t confident that they would approve the application and therefore kept information about it a closely-guarded secret.
 
He is IWA’s nominated Trustee to the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.  He has a day job in capital telecommunications projects where, very conveniently, he is mostly able to work from his home beside the River Avon in Evesham.  He does not own a boat, but has friends who do allow him on theirs.
 
 
Roger Holmes
 
Waterway Interests: Roger's first boating experience was on a hire boat on the Thames in 1967. He bought a boat almost immediately and joined IWA in 1972.
 
Since then Roger has travelled most of the canal system and attended many National Festivals and rallies. Roger was a member of IWA Hertfordshire Branch for 34 years and for many of those he was on the committee where he edited and produced their magazine JuncMail. In 2006, Roger moved to Gloucestershire and served on the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Branch Committee is now chairman of South West Region.
 
Professional Qualifications and Employment: Roger's working life was spent in local government with some large London boroughs mainly in the field of treasury management.

 

Vaughan Welch
 
Vaughan has owned a boat for more than thirty years, first cruising in the early 60’s, and is an elected boaters’ representative on the Canal & River Trust governing Council.  For many years he was Chairman of the IWA Restoration Committee.  He joined the Board of Droitwich Canals Trust when that project was struggling in the late 1990’s and helped bring about the transformation that led to successful completion of the canals’ restoration in 2012, by which point he was Chairman.  He represented that Trust on the associated restoration Partnership from its inception until its demise in 2012.
 
He has served as the IWA nominated trustee at the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Trust, and since withdrawing from his membership of IWA he has joined the boards of the Avon Navigation Trust, the Ashby Canal Trust and the Shrewsbury & Newport Canal Trust.
 
Before retiring he was a Procurement Officer and Contracts Manager trained in contract law and specialising in civil and electrical engineering materials and services contacts within the public sector.  

"I am a retired Procurement Officer and Contracts manager trained in contract law specialising in civil and electrical engineering materials and services contacts within the public sector.  My work included writing the Terms and Conditions, assessing Tenders, visiting short listed Tenderers (both in their offices and on-site to clarify their working ethics that included the value they put on Health and Safety), Negotiating the contract which in terms of Services would include the value of Health and Safety Obligations (ISOH – Institute of Safety and Occupational Health - Managing Safety accredited), Managing Contractors performance and associated costs and enforcing the Terms and Conditions.  The ISOH qualification assisted me in my role as a staff side safety representative. 

A boat owner for more than thirty years, first cruising in the early 60’s, and one of the four elected boaters representatives on the 37 member Canal & River Trust ruling Council sitting as a contributing observer on their Operations Navigation Advisory Group.  I recently retired as IWA Restoration Committee Chairman upon joining the Board of the Avon Navigation Trust; since then I have joined the Boards of the Ashby Canal Trust and the Shrewsbury & Newport Canal Trust.
 
I joined the Board of Droitwich Canals Trust when that project was in the doldrums in the late 1990’s successfully turning it round and then remained on it, most recently as its Chairman, until it was finally wound up after the successful completion of the canals restoration five years ago.  I also represented that Trust on the restoration Partnership from its inception until its demise also in 2012.
 
With my experience of writing contractual Terms & Conditions I have been asked by another significant restoration trust to rewrite their Memorandum and Articles of Association because they do not reflect current thinking and also the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 and the Charities Act 2011. This will be followed by a review and update of their Health & Safety Policies and Procedures and then the production of a Members and Employees Code of Practise.  
 
Thus I fulfil many of the professional and experience criteria that the Trustees may feel are essential to move the Lichfield & Hatherton project forward towards achieving its ultimate goal of a buoyant operational navigation."