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.