New chairman for IWA as it prepares for the next five years

Ivor Caplan has been elected as chairman of Inland Waterways Association Ivor Caplan has been elected as chairman of Inland Waterways Association

Long term waterways enthusiast and activist Ivor Caplan has been elected as chairman of Inland Waterways Association.

He succeeds Les Etheridge who stepped down after five years in the role, taking the head role as the charity as it launches its five-year vision and objectives.

“IWA is uniquely placed given our independence, our wider perspective, and our strong heritage to champion the cause of the waterways to ensure that they never come under threat again and are developed to realise their even greater potential for the benefit of all,” he said.

Mr Caplan has been a trustee of IWA since 2010 and has been active in the waterways movement for over 40 years holding senior roles within IWA’s Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch, Navigation Committee, Residential Boat Owners Association and BCN Society.

“Over the next five years we are going to focus on four core areas that we believe will make the biggest difference to the waterways,” said Neil Edwards, IWA chief executive. “Speaking for the waterways, protecting, restoring and inspiring a new generation of volunteers and waterway users. 

“There are busy times ahead and we are delighted Ivor has taken on this role.”

Mr Caplan is an architect by profession.

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