Trust Directors

Trust Council

Trust Council roles are organised to bring focus on completing the restoration of the canal corridor.

Time to spare and skills to share?

Trust Directors lead various working groups to support them in their various roles.

The working groups comprise of Trust members, and anyone else able to apply their skills, knowledge and experience to the restoration project.

If you feel you have such skills, knowledge and experience and wish to get involved then please get in touch with the relevant Trust Director.

Jim White

Trust Chair
Engineering Director

Jim White is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a past career at all levels in the aerospace and defence industry. On retirement, he became a part-time skipper for eight years with the Willow Trust at Saul Junction. In 2011 he was appointed Engineering Director for the Cotswold Canals Trust.
His first project was the design of paddle gear, followed by canalside benches, landing stages and mechanisation of lock gates operating in confined sites. Ambition: To make all lock gates, paddle gear, moving bridges and other features on the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal, safe & easy to operate; thus creating the UK’s most user-friendly canal and towpath accessible for everyone.

John Newton

Vice Chair
Project Director

John was first introduced to canals whilst at Birmingham University and became hooked on the whole concept, having several canal holidays and
eventually owning a 57’ semi-traditional narrowboat. After moving to Gloucestershire in 2011, rapidly became involved with CCT, bringing a background of environmental engineering and project management experience within major UK construction materials companies (Amey Roadstone & Rugby Cement) together with £multi-million profit responsibility at Director level. Volunteers are our most valuable asset and I look forward to assisting future restoration by encouraging and supporting volunteer teams whatever activities they are involved with.

Alan Jones

Vice Chair
Director & Trustee

Alan is a Mechanical engineer, retired from the diesel fuel injection industry and has a keen interest in hydraulics, industrial archaeology, building techniques and older vehicles, especially trucks. He is now Landing Stages/Piling team manager & Lead Advisor on Chainsaw Policy for CCT. Aspirations: Keen to mechanise the Trust’s physical work, with training, as far as possible to make the job easier and safer. Also eager to attract youth into the volunteer force, ‘using older heads to train younger ones’. Family: One son (electrical engineer based Newcastle), two daughters (both working in Berlin) and a very understanding wife.

Shelley Anderson

Company Secretary

Shelley Anderson is an Environmental Scientist from Australia who has spent most of her career in consulting environments.
Her experience covers environmental analysis, fieldwork (water, biological, soil and air), environmental assessment and, detailed studies for infrastructure projects across market segments (e.g. water and wastewater, food and beverage, airports and energy). Shelley’s vision for the Cotswold Canals Trust is to link up with local and regional environmental organisations operating in Stroud and Gloucestershire to optimise the benefits of our restoration projects and
realise gains for wildlife and people.

Matthew Lee

Honorary Treasurer

Matthew Lee is a Chartered Accountant having spent almost 40 years in public practice. After being educated at Bristol Cathedral School and
The University of the West of England he entered a training contract with an accountancy practice in Bristol.
On attaining his qualifications Matt took up a post with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Bristol.
After a few years as an auditor, he moved into management consultancy in the electricity market. Matthew joined Bishop Fleming in 1990,
became a Partner in 1993 and became Managing Partner in 2000; a post he held for 18 years.
An enthusiastic canal user since childhood Matthew recently qualified as a Western Trip Boats skipper. He explains that he has watched with enormous interest the progress that has been made to date on the restoration and consequently became a Cotswold Canals Trust member.
Matt is married with two adult children and lives in Uley with an ever-growing collection of animals.
Aside from canals, he is also an enthusiastic walker, gardener and classic car owner.

Laurence Bryant

Health & Safety Director

Laurence lives in Coaley with his wife Jean. They have been members of the Cotswold Canals Trust since 2008.
A chartered electrical engineer and defence programmes manager, Laurence retired from Ministry of Defence Procurement in 2015.
In delivering weapons and aircraft projects his roles have had a significant emphasis on safety as well as engineering.
Now with time to spare and skills to share he is keen to use his knowledge helping the Cotswold Canals project.
A keen sailor and qualified small craft marine surveyor, Laurence sails his own boat from Topsham near Exmouth.

Reg Gregory

Maintenance Director

Reg Gregory is a qualified electrician who spent his working life in the industry.
For twenty-two years he ran his own company specialising in the design and fitting of fire prevention & detection systems throughout the United Kingdom.
Reg joined the Cotswold Canals Trust in 2011. Following his retirement in 2013, he became a volunteer working on the restoration of Ham Mill Lock restoration. Reg’s leadership and organising skills led him to become the Manager of CCT’s Western Depot in January 2017.
He also serves on the board of The Stroud Valleys Canal Company. Reg is married with two grown-up children and two grandchildren.
He enjoys playing the piano and the restoration of classic cars including a Triumph Stag, two Alvis cars and a Landrover.
Reg states, “I have found CCT volunteering to be very rewarding due to the dedication, enthusiasm and passion of colleagues.
I always look forward to going to work.”

Bob Ambury

Western Division Construction Manager

Bob is a ‘time served commercial vehicle mechanic’. He worked at Dowty Rotol as an inspection engineer, company signatory and senior shop steward. Following retirement, Bob became a Cotswold Canals Trust Volunteer and trained as a tugboat skipper. The completion of two government-sponsored bricklaying courses was of assistance when he became a team leader restoring Ham Mill Lock. Current projects include restoration of the retaining wall and spill weir culvert at Ham Mill Lock. Bob states that he enjoys working and laughing with the brilliant team at Western Depot; and that whilst construction work can be hard and dirty, it is nevertheless very rewarding. His ambition is to see boats navigating from Saul Junction to Brimscombe Port and beyond.

Peter Best

Director & Trustee
Stroud Valleys Canal Company Liaison

Peter Best is the Chairman of the Stroud Valleys Canal Company (SVCC). SVCC is the charity set up by the canal owners to be the navigation authority as well as being responsible for the management and maintenance of the canal from Whitminster to Bourne Locks. SVCC works very closely with the volunteers from CCT and SDC to deliver a clean, functioning and expanding environment for all canal users by using its limited resources to buy plant and equipment, and by organising the necessary maintenance. Peter is a past Chairman of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway PLC and is semi-retired from business, concentrating much time restoring his steam locomotives.

John Allan

Development Director
Eastern Thames and Severn

John Allan is a chartered mechanical engineer who worked in the automotive and oil industries until retiring in 2011. He joined the Cotswold Canals Trust (CCT) shortly afterwards. John has held a variety of technical, marketing and strategic planning roles up to senior management level in the UK, Europe and the US. John is passionate about the natural environment and our industrial heritage, and sees CCT as an obvious organisation in which to devote his spare time to make a lasting contribution towards their preservation locally. He looks forward to seeing the completed restoration with the leisure and employment benefits it will bring, especially in the more rural eastern section.

Steve Pickover

Director & Trustee

Steve Pickover joined the Cotswold Canals Trust in 2007 bringing with him an extensive background of procurement in the construction industry.
Such experience has assisted Steve in the initiation and implementation of restoration projects including flood defence & protection, dredging and the supervision of tree felling operations carried out by Waterway Recovery Group (Forestry) volunteers.
Following his appointment to Trust Council in 2010 Steve has played a leading role in the organisation of training and certification of volunteer operators of chainsaws, dumpers, excavators and backpack sprayers. Steve also introduced the concept of dedicated Working Groups in order to reach properly researched and considered views and conclusions to place before the Trust Council in order to enable informed decision making.

 Ken Burgin

Chief Executive Officer

Ken Burgin is a qualified Electronics Engineer with a career in silicon chip design and technical management.
He managed a high tech company from its formation to a full listing on the London Stock Exchange.
Ken been involved in the Cotswold Canals project since 1976 and has played a key role in many initiatives, i.e. practical restoration projects, securing funding and the political promotion of the project. This has resulted in the transition from the restoration of the Cotswold Canals being described, by some in authority, as ‘pie in the sky’ to, what is arguably the premier canal restoration project in the country. Although the canals represent the state of engineering some 250 years ago, Ken believes strongly that innovation has a major role to play in their restoration. The Dudbridge Hydro Scheme and the Goughs Orchard Siphon Feeder are examples of this. A Director & Trustee of Stroud Valleys Canal Company Ken is also a Director of the Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation. He is married with two grown-up children and lives next to Pike Lock, Eastington. He is involved with Eastington Methodist Church.

Trustee Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of:
Trust Chair — Jim White
Trust Vice Chair — John Newton
Trust Vice Chair — Alan Jones
Company Secretary — Shelley Anderson
Honorary Treasurer — Matthew Lee

Trust Chief Executive Ken Burgin attends in a non-voting role