The new charity, which until last month was the quango British Waterways, has become the 13th largest organisation in the voluntary sector with an annual turnover of more than £200m.
Among its targets is to increase the number of regular volunteers to 20,000, contributing more than 120,000 days a year, by 2022. Volunteers currently contribute about 20,000 days a year to the waterways network.
The other eight members of the volunteering advisory committee are:
- Helen Timbrell, director of volunteering and community involvement, National Trust
- Georgia Boon, head of volunteering, Oxfam
- Chris Kay, chairman of the Boat Museum Society, National Waterways Museum
- Mike Palmer, trustee of the Inland Waterway Association and chairman, the Waterway Recovery Group
- John Stopp, member of Manchester & Pennine Waterways Partnership and current waterways volunteer
- Gennie Franklin, director of programmes and employee volunteering, Business in the Community
- Rosie Cotgreave, volunteer, v inspired
- Tracey O’Brien, director of policy and programmes, Birmingham Voluntary Service Council