Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

JULIA AND STEVE TABREHAM are widely trav­elled, hav­ing vis­ited places such as Hawaii, Alaska, Aus­tralia, New Zealand and La­guna San Ig­na­cio in Mex­ico, the num­ber one place for see­ing (and stroking) grey whales. Arte­facts from their trav­els, ev­ery­thing from a didgeri­doo to carv­ings made from whale bone, dec­o­rate the boat. But they realised that they’d hardly seen any of the UK. Julia had been on boat­ing hol­i­days as a child and sug­gested they try it. She told Steve he’d ei­ther love it or hate it. Not sur­pris­ingly, he loved it.

Julia has just re­tired as Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the Carer’s Fed­er­a­tion, a char­ity she founded more than 20 years ago to pro­vide sup­port to car­ers. She’s also just fin­ished a ten-year stint as a non-ex­ec­u­tive on the board of her lo­cal hos­pi­tal. But she’s not go­ing to stop work­ing com­pletely. Last year, she was ap­pointed to the board of the Par­lia­men­tary and Health Ser­vice Om­buds­man, the or­gan­i­sa­tion that makes the fi­nal de­ci­sions on com­plaints about the NHS

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