Christine Bull was elected the new chairperson at the full board meeting on Tuesday June 13th.
David Dixon has retired as Chairman of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust. David was one of two directors to retire by rotation under the Trust's constitution and to not seek re-election.
Christine Bull began her working life as a planning economist for Shell International Chemical Company before joining Bass Worthington as marketing intelligence manager.
While bringing up two small children she worked as a marketing consultant before moving into teaching in Higher and then Further Education, eventually becoming Assistant Principal at Tamworth & Lichfield College.
After retirement she worked with Voluntary Service Overseas in Namibia, Tanzania and St Helena Island, working on strategic planning, feasibility studies, developing management qualifications, external funding bids and projects, trainer training, and developing a life skills curriculum for disabled adults.
Christine said: "I love the fact that we're restoring important heritage, that we're improving the environment for both wildlife and people and there's the added bonus of working with wonderful people! "I'm delighted to be able to enjoy retirement by continuing to put my skills and experience to really good use and to keep fit and have fun while so doing."
David Dixon, who has retired as chairman of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, was born in Suffolk, brought up in Essex, and now lives with Polly in Lichfield. His working life from 1964-2007 was spent in the transport industry - railways, docks, shipping, road transport - including spells as area manager, West London Line, for British Rail based at Kensington Olympia (London) with particular involvement in Motorail services; docks manager in Fleetwood, Lancashire; managing director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co; and finally, Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands and Wales (Department for Transport). On retirement, wanting to do something different and local, he offered to help the Trust and took on the role of land officer; later he was invited to become a director. He accepted the vice-chairmanship when it fell vacant, then became chairman following the unexpected death of Brian Kingshott. His other interests include boating (sea sailing when younger, later on canals), hill and country walking, and travel, especially by rail, including in recent years to Iran, Laos, Syria and Albania as well as to more often visited countries.
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