CRT’s new regions revealed
ALTHOUGH as we went to press the Canal & River Trust’s senior management restructure and slimming-down was still subject to a 60-day internal consultation with staff affected, the Trust has confirmed some of the changes which will happen.
The six new regions to replace the existing ten will cover the following areas: North West; Yorkshire & North East; West Midlands; East Midlands; South West; London & South East. The exact boundaries have yet to be announced, but CRT Chief Executive Richard Parry told Canal Boat that an important driver of the exercise was aligning the Trust’s boundaries with those of Government regions and authorities.
The aim is to “shift more of the national teams directly into the regional teams” to achieve more of a local focus and local decisionmaking, while retaining national responsibility for investment, asset management and overall strategy.
Concerning the overall reduction of senior posts, the Trust says it is “seeking to do more and cost less”. Questioned by Canal Boat on what is driving this, Mr Parry confirmed that the Trust is looking ahead to the start of negotiations with Government regarding the long-term future after the current 15-year funding contract ends in 2027. The twin aims refer to ‘doing more’ in terms of waterway benefits that fit the Government’s agenda, while ‘costing less’ in readiness for a post-2027 funding agreement which may well be considerably less generous.