New Chairman for NABO

After a transformational five-year period at the helm of NABO – the National Association of Boat Owners – David Fletcher has stepped down as Chairman, and Mike Rodd has been elected to take over from him.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Mike moved with his family to the UK in 1986 when he was appointed Professor and Head of Electrical Engineering at Swansea University. He now lives with his wife, Sue (a vicar), in Aldbourne, near the K&A.  Having started by hiring boats right across the system, he eventually bought a narrowboat, Faraday, on the Mon & Brec canal in 1999; he still spends a lot of time working on Faraday II. An MCA-qualified Boatmaster, he also skippers public trip boats on the Kennet & Avon for the K&A Canal Trust and the Bruce Trust. As General Manager (and later Chairman) of the K&A Canal Trust he established the first trial BW/CRT Waterways Partnership, bringing him into close contact with the emerging CRT.

Mike believes passionately that CRT has to succeed.  He says: “Much of my work through the K&A Canal Trust involved advocating a better deal for CRT, and the final outcome was certainly far better than what had originally been proposed. But there are still massive shortfalls and unless we all get behind CRT, then our wonderful waterways will suffer. I am a great admirer of so much that BW/CRT does and I know from personal experience that they have extensive technical expertise and many devoted staff. However, major urgent coal-face issues still have to be addressed. 

The 22nd Annual General Meeting was held on 16th November 2013.

The guest speakers were Adam Comerford and Emily Crisp from the CRT Hydrology section. They gave an excellent presentation and then ran working sessions on their current thinking on water management. We all thoroughly valued their attendance and found the presentation both informative and enlightening. It was so reassuring to hear how CRT is approaching this issue.

Richard Parry CRT CEO also attended and met members and our excellent hosts at the Wolverhampton Boat Club.

Council elections took place and these will be the subject of a separate announcement.

The Chairman delivered his annual report, and it can be read below.

NABO is delighted to announce that Richard Parry, CRT's CEO has agreed to attend the AGM on Saturday 16th November 2013 at Wolverhampton Boat Club, Pendeford Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 0PG. The AGM starts at 10.45, with tea and coffee available from 10.15.

Further details are available below.

This is the Editorial from the April NABO News

In  the April issue (of NABO News) CRT features promi­nently, not always for the right reasons: it seems to be increas­ingly confused between what consti­tutes consultation with its ‘custom­ers’—boaters like you and me—and what is a simple reporting of devel­opments. Many, if not most, boaters are still unaware of the detail of what CRT is about and what its policies are, so I welcome the boaters’ meet­ings that are taking place all over the country by Head of Boating, Sally Ash, and Trustee, John Dodwell.

NABO Council has recently reviewed the NABO policy document, to bring it up to date and relevant for the current boater issues. For long term members there will be no surprises, as the content reflects what NABO has  been saying for many years. For those new to NABO, or thinking about joining, it tells a little of what the Assocition stands for. NABO welcomes healthy debate on these issues.