New Chief Executive Joins the Inland Waterways Association


The Inland Waterways Association, the charity that campaigns to protect and restore the country’s 6,500 miles of navigable rivers and canals, has announced the appointment of Phil Hornsey as the new Chief Executive. He joins IWA on Monday 8th February. 

Phil is an experienced leader with a strong strategic, development and marketing background. Phil’s people-centric approach spans a 20-year career across corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

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As Director of Membership & Community at British Rowing, he led the national delivery of programmes to engage, support and grow the sport, achieving record levels of participation, paying members, and unrestricted income for the organisation. Prior to joining British Rowing, Phil held senior management positions at O2, EE and Betfair.

Paul Rodgers, IWA National Chair said, “Trustees believe that Phil will be a great fit for IWA. He has the skills, experience, and enthusiasm to lead the charity into the next chapter. I look forward to welcoming Phil to IWA next week and working with him in the years to come.”

Phil Hornsey said, “I am delighted to take on the role of CEO at the Inland Waterways Association. IWA has a critical role to play in the future of the waterways for all users and, having spent many years on and around rivers and canals in my professional and personal life, I understand the importance of their continued protection and preservation.

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“I very much look forward to building on IWA’s significant campaigning legacy, and working alongside the trustees, members, volunteers and staff to deliver the next phase of the charity’s vision.”

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