A report from CCT's newly appointed chairman – Jack Telling
It was just a year ago that an insert in The Trow informed members that Mike Guest had been elected Chairman by Trust Council. During this time Mike has been extremely active and under his leadership the Trust has developed a Strategic Plan which lists our ambitions for the next five years and will keep the Trust extremely busy in the years ahead. The Plan was presented to the recent Annual General Meeting of the Trust and is described in the Winter 2013 edition of The Trow.
Mike Guest stands down
Regrettably, Mike has decided to return to the world of employment during 2014 and therefore did not stand for re-election as Chairman at the November Trust Council meeting. He also stepped down from Trust Council to free up a slot for someone who will have the time and availability to devote to the role
At its November meeting Council decided to elect me Chairman. I made it clear, when accepting the nomination, that I regard it as a temporary arrangement (for no more than one year) to give time for a substantive Chairman to be identified and elected.
I am confident that, in the meantime, I can provide the necessary continuity and leadership and in particular start to deliver the Strategic Plan mentioned above. However I am rapidly approaching my 75th birthday and I know that our members will agree with me that the best interests of the Trust would be served by a Chairman who is younger and is likely to have the energy to take us more rapidly towards our ultimate goal of restoring the Cotswold Canals.
At the recent Annual General Meeting three new Trustees (who had been co-opted on to Trust Council during the year) were elected.
John is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and started his career with Ford in Research & Development. He then moved to the oil industry working for Mobil and BP/Castrol in Europe and the US where he had experience in product development, business development, marketing and strategies & planning. He retired from BP in 2011 after 27 years. John will focus on fundraising.
Val Kirby is a landscape architect (a Fellow of the Landscape Institute) and town planner with extensive experience in landscape policy and strategy. For several years she was Head of Landscape and Geo-diversity at Natural England. Val is chair of the Trust’s bid team looking to obtain funding for the phase1b section from Stonehouse through to Saul Junction.
Robin has been a Trust member for very many years. He works for a major multinational telecommunications company in the Project Management Office as the Governance Officer for Northern Europe. Robin will be focusing on enhancing our advance planning of projects.
Trust to take on Lead Partner Role
With the Phase 1a section of the restoration of the Cotswold Canals entering its final stages Stroud District Council will soon relinquish its role as Lead Partner. The Trust will have to take over that role. We are delighted therefore to welcome these new Trustees to complement and strengthen Trust Council in the areas of project management and bidding for large scale funding which will help us achieve our ambitions.
Two Trustees retire from Trust Council
Liz was co-opted on to Trust Council in January 2002 and over the past 12 years has made a very valuable contribution including a four year spell as Chairman. Having held senior positions in the Inland Waterways Association for many years she was particularly well placed to advise on matters concerning inland waterways. Liz will continue to support the Trust and be involved in operating trip Boat ‘Inglesham’ on the Thames at Lechlade.
Martin has also decided to retire from Trust Council and we will all miss his counsel and enthusiasm for the Trust. Martin has been involved with the restoration for a great many years and in particular led the Stroud on Water Festival in 2012. We are most grateful for his significant contribution to our activities.
Council also elected the following for the forthcoming year
It was agreed that I would combine the roles of Chairman & Company Secretary.
And finally… thank you
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members, partners, sponsors and advertisers for supporting the restoration of the Cotswold Canals.
It is greatly appreciated.