The Boat Safety Scheme Advisory Committee (BSSAC) is seeking a new Chair


The Boat Safety Scheme Advisory Committee (BSSAC) seeks a constructive, dynamic, and well-organized individual as its new Chair. We are seeking boat users or members of the marine trade who likely have some experience working in committee processes and are interested in helping to keep people and property safe.

Boat Safety Scheme

The BSSAC has a critical role in providing advice to the BSS Management Committee on all aspects of the operation of the Scheme, monitoring its intended progress and guiding its future. Its Chair must support and uphold the principles of the BSS, albeit they are independent of the BSS Office and the Scheme’s owners.

The voluntary role is there to ensure that each of the represented interests has the opportunity to input into meetings, appeals panels, working groups, etc both online and in person. They are there to ensure that the BSSAC gives the BSS well-considered and valuable advice.

The person is likely to be an experienced ‘process manager’ with demonstrable knowledge and skills to help drive issues through Committees in a timely way.

They will also have experience of inland waterways and boats, and some knowledge of working safely and risk assessment processes. They also need to be confident and patient and have strong diplomacy skills.

The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) is a public safety initiative the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency owns equally. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways’ workforce, and any other users and to help protect adjacent property.

To express your interest in the role, please read the role profile on the BSS website and follow the instructions on this link The deadline for putting your name forward is 17:00 Wednesday, 6 December 2023

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