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Trustees

Our trustees are elected by our members (the vast majority of whom are volunteers).  They individually serve for a period of three years when they are eligible for re-election up to a total of three consecutive terms.  

Paul BennettBA(Lond), Cert. Ed., Chair of Waterways Experiences CIO
Thirty-five years a secondary English teacher. Churchwarden, magazine editor and model engineer. Over forty years on the canals and formerly a volunteer with ReachOut. Owner of a seventy-foot narrowboat.
Andrew ThomsonBA (Hons) FCA, ACII, BFP, Treasurer
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years’ experience in the profession, followed by 20 years at Director and CEO level in UK Law firms.
Sue DickinsSecretary
Sue has many years managerial and administrative experience, latterly with the NHS. She has been boating since 2004 and has a boat on the Pocklington Canal in Yorkshire. Sue is leader of the Volunteer Support team, co-ordinates the Enable holidays and is our Trust Secretary.
David Hayward Trustee
Dave had a career of 35 years working as a civil servant for various government departments in the fields of photography, scientific research, and documentary film and video. The final few years saw him in the role of Head of Profession. After retiring from the service he became a professional musician and recording engineer, which he now manages to fit in between voluntary activities as Skipper and Boatmaster with Wex
Elena Bratulescu Trustee
Elena moved to the UK in 2001 from Romania and is self-employed full-time. WExp became an important part of her life after joining as a crew member in early 2019 and subsequently becoming a stalwart member of the cleaning team. She joined the Trustee Board in 2020.
Malcolm TebbuttBA (Hons) ACIB
Malcolm spent 25 years working for NatWest Bank, mostly in product development and project management. He latterly ran an IT development operation of 98 staff developing systems for Contact Centres to support debit and credit cards. He first volunteered with ReachOut Projects in 2008 and obtained his Boatmaster licence in 2019.
Rob FerneyhoughBA (Hons) Business Studies, FCIPD
Rob spent 25 years in HR with Director and Board Director level experience, plus 25 years as a Pension Scheme Trustee. Canal boater since the age of 21.
John Bennett Trustee
John has spent 35 years in secondary education, particularly working with groups of students with special educational needs and disabilities. He was a former volunteer, and then an employee, of ReachOut Projects then ReachOut Plus, the charities that preceded WExp.
Sally AshBA (Hons) MBA, MBE
Sally had a 38 year career with British Waterways and the Canal & River Trust undertaking various roles in Market Research, Marketing, Communications and Boating Business Management at senior level. She has been an enthusiastic Canal boater since the age of 12.