Trustees are the life-blood of a charity. They’re the people who make the decisions which affect the day to day running of the organisation, and plan the activities which need to happen for the charity to achieve it’s aims and objectives. Accountable in law, they have certain statutory obligations – the UK Government has produced a guide called ‘The Essential Trustee‘ which goes into this in detail.
HNA’s trustees, and their roles, as at September 2017, are:
- Anne Daniels – Manages our bookings and sales, making sure that prospective customers are matched with available boats, handles deposits, booking fees and refunds, and makes sure that any booking requiring a trained steerer has one from our pool of volunteers.
- Loraine Grainger – Chairman of the charity, Loraine has certain statutory obligations, and works on our grant applications, fundraising and networking, whilst working with our partner organisations (Canal & River Trust, National Citizens’ Service, Duke of Edinburgh, Princes Trust, etc) to connect them with the waterways. Her background is in scouting; she’s also on the committee of the National Community Boats Association, where she looks after fundraising. Loraine can be found in or near the office most days.
- Graham Griffiths – I have been with HNA of a couple of years and my role as volunteer coordinator is one of liaison on our very successful volunteer days and other events. Having gained my CCBM with HNA, I have taken a number of groups out as a steerer over the past year. As a new trustee I feel that I will be able bring to the team the experience of a different background of boating, (mainly one of holiday / pleasure), and present a new view of our customer’s needs and wants.
- Lesley Griffiths – Responsible for our DBS/CRB vetting, Lesley ensures that all our team – which includes a huge number of volunteer steerers – hold a valid and up to date DBS certificate. My first experience of narrowboating was in the 1970s when I enjoyed a holiday which included the Llangollen Canal. After a gap, events in recent years have brought me back to the canals and the discovery of HNA and its activities. In 2015 I gained my CCBM and have been involved with a number of day trips, festivals and other volunteer activities for HNA in the last couple of years. I originally trained and worked as a lab technician in biological research. Later, while my children were growing up, I was in involved in running the shop that husband Graham and I owned. We now trade on-line. In addition I have taught adult evening classes and written for publication. As a new trustee, I hope to bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the activities of HNA. I would like to help to raise the profile and professionalism of the association and nurture and encourage volunteers by providing a platform for their ideas and suggestions. I am writing for and editing HNA’s new-style newsletter.
- Barry Holland – Mainly involved in volunteer steering, especially the annual school residential trip for Hillside in Northwood and Santa weekends. Hopefully more day trips as Spirit comes back online. A few years back it wasn’t unusual for me to steer for a different group every day of the week, but then there weren’t too many steerers available! First got interested in HNA whilst still in the fire brigade, serving for 30 years. The fire brigade shift system gave me plenty of time off. My first narrowboat trip was in 1985 on the River Wey. I’ve covered a fair bit of the system on my own boat as well but there’s still plenty left to do. My love of quizzing & quizzes generally led me to hold several for HNA as a way of raising funds and for people to enjoy a convivial evening.
- Paul Huntley – Paul manages our relationship with scouting groups across the country, delivering training to group leaders, and making sure that we’re heard in the scouting community.
- Andy Steel – Andy is our technical expert, and makes sure that the electrical systems on our boats are safe and working. He also looks after our VHF radio equipment, and with a background in scouting, makes sure that our activities are closely aligned with scouting’s POR. Andy joined us from Tideway Adventurers, the original group which once owned Theo and Merlin.
- John Wilkinson - Treasurer
- Kathy Robinson - Fund Raiser
- Jan Knox - Business and procedures adviser.
- Randy Banks - Policies and compliance adviser. I've been volunteering with HNA for a couple of years now and have gained valuable boating experience and a deeper understanding of the bowels of boat management. As a new trustee responsible for policy and procedure development, skills I've brought with me from my pre-retirement days, I hope to be able to repay at least some of what HNA has provided for me and to help us establish a firm basis for the future.
In addition to the above, we also have an Operations Manager who runs HNA on a day to day basis along with a number of other short-term staff and volunteers:
- Dave Wright – with many years boating experience, Dave is our Operations Manager, and makes sure our boats are fit for purpose, repaired and cleaned; he’s the face of HNA to many of our customers, and deals with the daily operation of running the charity. Dave’s knowledge of the canal network helps to ensure that HNA is well-represented among the many other waterway user groups. Dave is also a Senior Trainer on the NCBA Training Committee.