Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust begins search for a new chairperson

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust is seeking a new chairperson.

Following the death of Brian Kingshott, only the Trust’s second chairman in 28 years, vice-chairman David Dixon took over the role until the annual general meeting on June 10 this year.

Brian Kingshott, former chairman of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

Brian Kingshott, former chairman of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

The new person taking on the unpaid role will be the public face of the organisation, which is working to bring the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals back into use. Other duties include leading at major meetings with outside bodies and ensuring that the group complies with obligations as a company and as a charity.

The role involves working at least one full day a week on average, but can be more in busy weeks

A spokesperson said: “The new chairperson is likely to be someone with broad experience of relatively large organisations, probably at executive level, able to take a strategic view and able to communicate well and get on with most people.

“They will also enjoy getting involved as an active participant and not just as a figurehead. This would possibly suit someone who is recently retired and wishing to devote time and energies to a voluntary body.

“Knowledge and experience of canals, though useful, is not vital, but sympathy with the canal cause and commitment to a long-term project – with many obstacles along the way – is essential.”

Anyone interested in the position should email chairman@lhcrt.org.uk.

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