Sally Ash, who as CRT/BW Head of Boating did so much to ruin the lives of boat dwellers without home moorings, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list. This is the extract from the list:
“Mrs Sally Elizabeth Ash. Head of Boating, Canal and River Trust. For services to British Inland Waterways. (Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire)”.
The way the civilian honours system works is that people are put forward for honours by an individual or organisation that believes they should be rewarded. Whoever initiates the recommendation then canvasses testimonials from as many other people as possible who are likely to support the individual recommended for the honour. No doubt glowing testimonials were received from friends such as Ed Helps, Managing Director of ABC Leisure; Tim Parker, recent Chair of APCO, the hire boat trade body and former Managing Director of Black Prince Holidays (who volunteered in Ms Ash’s department after his retirement) and James Griffin of Wyvern Shipping, whose anti-liveaboard demands have influenced BW and CRT policy making. All of these hire boat companies and more benefited from Sally Ash’s work with BW and CRT and through her directorship of Drifters Leisure Limited.
It is somewhat perverse that someone who received a Final Written Warning for failing to notice that one of her staff had stolen over £70,000 from BW should be recommended for an honour. Sally Ash retired in June 2014 following the Roving Mooring Permit debacle, having previously said that she had no plans to retire.
Tags: APCO, continuous cruising, drifters, Drifters Leisure Limited, Ed Helps, hire boat companies, James Griffin, K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan, liveaboards, lo, Local Mooring Strategy, roving mooring permits, Sally Ash, Tim Parker