Annual Meeting

The 2011 British Waterways Annual Meeting was held on Thursday 13 October at The Bond Company, Birmingham.

Minister's address

Richard Benyon MP, Minister for Inland Waterways, England and Wales.

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Chairman's Speech

Tony Hales, BW's chairman, opened the meeting with a review of year.

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The transition process

BW's chief executive, Robin Evans, spoke about the proposed details of setting up the Canal & River Trust.

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The Trustee experience

Lynne Berry and John Dodwell spoke about their backgrounds and their first months as Transition Trustees for the Canal & River Trust.

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Discussion, questions and answers session

This was followed by audience discussion and questions and answers on the Canal & River Trust and general issues affecting waterway users and stakeholders.

Tony Hales, BW's chairman, chaired the session with panel members:

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Fundraising for the charity

This presentation was introduced by Lynne Berry, Transition Trustee and presented by Ruth Ruderham, Head of Fundraising, BW.

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Steady State – helping us to manage risk

This presentation was introduced by John Dodwell, Transition Trustee and presented by Jim Stirling, Technical Director, BW.

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Volunteering in action

This presentation was introduced by John Bridgeman, BW Board and Transition Trustee and presented by BW's Caroline Killeavy, Head of Community Engagement, and Lucie Unsworth, National Youth Engagement Manager for The Waterways Trust and BW.

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Waterway partnerships - the West Midlands experience

The final presentation was introduced by Simon Thurley, Transition Trustee and presented by Peter Mathews CMG, Chair, West Midlands Waterways Partnership.

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Questions and answers session

The day concluded with a questions and answers session on the afternoon presentations. Lynne Berry, Transition Trustee, chaired the session with panel members:

Conclusions
Tony Hales, BW's chairman, concluded the end of the meeting and proposed two fundraising challenges.

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