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Retirement Of Nigel Johnson - Corporate Services Director & Company Secretary To CRT Board

Nigel Johnson, legal & corporate services director of the Canal & River Trust, will be retiring at the end of 2013, after almost 14 years of service at the Trust and British Waterways combined. Nigel told the chairman and former chief executive of his wish to retire this year back in April, but it was agreed he would stay on until the end of the year to assist the transition to the new chief executive.

Richard Parry, the Trust's chief executive since July, said: "I am very grateful to Nigel for staying on to assist with my introduction to the Trust over the past few months. It was immediately clear to me that his vast experience and in depth knowledge has been instrumental in the Trust's successful launch. His skilful handling of numerous complex issues has been extremely helpful to me as I have established myself in the role. I am sorry now to lose that experience and knowledge but I know that the strong team that he has developed is well-equipped to take up the task in the future."

Tony Hales, chairman of the Canal & River Trust said: "Nigel has played a key role in securing the long term sustainability of the waterways now in the care of the Trust. He played a crucial role in the creation of the Trust, in charting the complex transition from British Waterways, and in securing effective long term Government funding for our canals and river navigations. The whole Board of Trustees join me in thanking him for his vital contribution."

Jackie Lewis, the Trust's head of legal, will henceforward report direct to Richard Parry and take on the new title of general counsel. Keith Labbett, head of internal audit will also report to Richard, and continue to support the work of the Trust's Audit Committee. Finance director Philip Ridal will also become Company Secretary for the Trust, drawing on his experience of fulfilling similar roles prior to joining British Waterways/the Trust.