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The Inland Waterways Association is run by its members who nominate and elect (when there are more nominees than vacancies) trustees to direct the organisation on their behalf.
The Trustees are all volunteer members of the society, as are all the other parts of the organisation, with the sole exception of IWA Head Office, which is manned by our paid employees who deal with our day to day operations and who provide support to the volunteer groups, branches, regions and other committees. The Trustees are the body that was originally called the Council and its members serve as both trustees of the IWA charity and as directors of The Inland Waterways Association Limited. This dual role is necessary as IWA must comply with both charity and company law. Region Chairmen are trustees by virtue on their election to that position but other trustees are separately nominated and elected.
At this point some members may wonder why they have not been called upon to vote for their Region Chairman or to elect a Trustee. The answer is that elections can only take place if there is a choice to be made, all too often it is difficult, or impossible, to find even one person willing to stand for these positions.
Running IWA takes the effort of a huge number of volunteers to do a very wide range of tasks from physical work like loading vans, plumbing of installing landing stages to vetting planning applications or preparing accounts. In fact there are very few skills that IWA does not use in its work. If you do have a few spare hours and would like to get more involved with the running of IWA please contact us to discuss the possibilities. If you are just content to be a member we value your support as every member is already making a real contribution to our cause by adding their weight to our aims.