Meet the Committee

The Committee is elected each year at our AGM. Committee members also act as Trustees for the Society and are listed below in surname alphabetical order.


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Alan Mynard – Trustee

A Computer Science graduate who is not just interested in geeky stuff but also likes to get my hands dirty doing practical things. I’ve been interested in canals for as long as I can remember, but it was not until after university that I started enjoying them to the full: we spend many summer holidays cruising around the UK network, mostly in the Midlands and Black Country areas. I got involved with the BCS in about 2000, helping out on the weekend practical tasks and continue to do so today. I’ve witnessed a lot of changes over that time! I also got involved in the creation of the new BCS web site and am now the web admin for the society.

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Anthony Smith-Roberts – Trustee, Chairman and Health & Safety Officer

Having studied at Aston University, Birmingham, adjacent to the canal network referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’, he became a Health & Safety Consultant, and, newly married, he and his wife enjoyed their Reception on a narrow boat, which passed Watt’s famous Soho Foundry on its journey. More recently, gaining his Masters in Health & Safety Law and Environmental Law at Salford University, with his graduation ceremony conducted in the Lowry Gallery, alongside Salford Quays, Manchester Ship Canal, he has continued with his Health & Safety work, which at this time is involving him in providing support to a range of clients including deconstruction work on the Olympic Site, alongside the River Lee Navigation Canal. Anthony is very pleased to have been invited to be Health & Safety Officer for the Buckingham Canal Society and, with his Health & Safety and Environmental qualifications, is looking forward to being able to assist in the restoration work that is being progressed on the Buckingham Canal.

Athina Beckett – Trustee, Volunteer Leader and Work Party Organiser

Athina was employed for many years at the BBC, starting work for them at Ealing Film Studios. She then moved to work in radio and, after taking a job at Alexandra Palace with the BBC, moved to Milton Keynes with the Open University. Taking very early retirement from the BBC she worked for five years at Canal Craft selling canal boats and also for their sister company Blisworth Tunnel Boats. She has her own narrow-boat, Brown Trout, moored at Pennyland Marina close to where she lives. Athina joined the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) as a conservation volunteer and later became part of BITM Waterway Recovery Group (WRG). Working as a volunteer for WRG meant joining weekend ‘digs’ for various canal societies in different parts of the country. Joining Buckingham Canal Society in 1993 as a volunteer, she became work party leader in 1997. When BCS formed a partnership with BBOWT (Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust) she became a ‘key volunteer’ for them, leading combined work parties for the two organisations. Athina was Chairman of BCS from 2006 until 2014.

Doug Pell – Trustee and Restoration Manager

A canal network user for nearly 40 years now wants to put something back in with canal restoration work. Doug has been actively involved with with the Buckingham Canal Society and Wendover Arm Trust for over two years. He is also an IWA member and generally boat mad!

Jim McIlroy – Trustee and Archivist

Jim has a background in electronic engineering and has worked in the past for GEC, Plessey and the BBC. He is currently working as a freelance consultant providing design and project management services on various construction projects for Local Government. He has a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics, and various qualifications obtained from the Open University ranging from Social Sciences to Creative Writing. Jim is the Society Archivist. He is also a member of the Publications and Imagery Group, and assists generally with the activities of the Committee. His other interests include travel and photography. He joined the Society in September 2011.

Jim previously stepped down from the committee summer 2013 but has now rejoined us as a trustee from 19th March 2016.

Lee Whiting – Trustee, Plant & Equipment Manager
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Richard Dwight – Trustee and Treasurer

Richard has now become a trustee and taken over as our new Treasurer following Vasanthi’s decision to step down due to work pressures.He has worked for Buckinghamshire County Council for over 40 years in property-related functions, mostly around building maintenance. Richard says “Besides work, I’ve been creating my family tree for a number of years. I like to go out with friends, mainly to London, as there is always such a lot to see and do there. I do visit the Mall Gallery regularly as I like art that doesn’t have to be explained to me, so therefore it should come as no surprise that I am not a Tate Modern person. I enjoy food and cooking. I consider myself young at heart and not quite ready to start listening to Radio 2 just yet.”

Terry Cavender – Trustee and Executive Officer

Originally trained as an electronics engineer and then a computer systems analyst, Terry works as a global project manager and project management practitioner. He has led a varied range of project work in health, pharmaceutical, defence, manufacturing and consultancy sectors over the past 30 years. Currently, he works for Pitney Bowes delivering a range of global projects for the organisation and lives in Akeley near Buckingham with his wife and two daughters. As an active local councilor, Terry supports the BCS aims by driving partnerships with relevant organisations to enable jointly beneficial outcomes that progress the aims of the Society. Additionally, Terry is leading planning and land ownership activities as well as providing project management for current restoration work. Joining BCS in 2008, Terry became a committee member in 2010.