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Two British Marine members to sit on Canal and River Trust Council

Published on: 20 February 2020


British Marine extends its congratulations to two members on their election to the Canal and River Trust’s (CRT) Council as boating business representatives.

Earlier this month, Heather Duncan of Union Canal Carriers (UCC) and Carl Onens of ABC Leisure Group were elected members of the CRT Council.

The Council is made up of approximately 50 members and includes elected, independently nominated individuals and a further six Regional Advisory Board Chairs.

Members of the CRT Council provide guidance and advice to trustees on key issues and in doing so, help to shape and drive strategy across the organisation.

Union Canal Carriers is one of the oldest family owned boat hire business and is situated in the heart of Braunston village. Founded more than 50 years ago, UCC operates a fleet of hire boats each with professionally designed and fitted interiors.

ABC Leisure Group has been building and operating a hire fleet and providing full marina services to canal users for over 45 years. It owns 14 locations, allowing customers to hire canal boats across England, Scotland and Wales.

Heather Duncan, General Manager at Union Canal Carriers commented: “I am delighted to have been elected a member of the CRT Council and am looking forward to supporting and furthering the interests of boating businesses. Since the 1990s, I have worked across a range of canal businesses including the hire boat sector, trip boats, community boats and coal boats and hope I can use my knowledge to enhance the experience of those on our inland waterways”.

Carl Onens, Managing Director at ABC Leisure Group, said: “I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to represent the entire boating business community on the CRT Council, especially given the diverse range of activities we carry out at ABC Leisure Group. I have been in the industry for 14 years and am looking forward to using my skills and experience to represent the interests of boating businesses.”

Commenting on the appointments, Nigel Hamilton, Chair of British Marine Inland Boating and ex- CRT Business Boating representative, said: “I am pleased that two such experienced and knowledgeable individuals have been elected to represent the Boating Business Constituency on the Canal and River Trust Council.

“The next few years will be a challenging time for our industry, and we need strong representation within our largest Navigation Authority; particularly when tackling the challenges posed by Climate Change, Brexit and the new Government’s extensive legislative programme.”