Our Vision

The NCBA’s vision is a network of well resourced, well managed community boating organisations that promote access to UK waterways as well as promoting the safe use of community boats as a resource available for the benefit of disadvantaged and excluded groups in ways that promote social cohesion, protect the environment and support economic regeneration.

Our Objectives

  • To build an effective network of community boating organisations within the UK, to enable positive boating opportunities for the community.
  • To provide organisational support for community boating organisations within the UK to build capacity at the local and regional level and to ensure there is a clear pathway for development.
  • To promote community involvement and togetherness of diverse groups of people
  • To provide training and support opportunities for excluded and/or disadvantaged people within the community as part of a wider pathway to work experience and/or employment.
  • To set, train and monitor quality standards for community boating in the UK, including specific boating safety standards.
  • To promote the work of community boating organisations as a positive leisure experience for all of the community.
  • To work strategically for the national community boating community and where appropriate in partnership with other organisations to promote the benefits of waterways regeneration and influence relevant public policy.

Our Trustees

PAUL UNWINChair of Board
Get In Touch
PAUL MARSHALLVice Chair of Board / Governance Lead
Get In Touch
BOB RATCLIFFECompany Secretary
Get In Touch
DEREK STANSFIELDChair of National Training Committee / Training Lead
Get In Touch
MICHAEL BANYARDNetwork & Membership Lead
Get In Touch
Get In Touch
Get In Touch
JOHN EMBLINGMinute Secretary
Get In Touch




Our National Training Commitee

DEREK STANSFIELDChair of Committee, Advisor & Senior Trainer (North East)
PAUL UNWINVice Chair of Committee, Advisor & Senior Trainer (East Midlands)
JOHN EMBLINGMinute Secretary, Advisor & Senior Trainer (South)
MICHAEL BANYARDAdvisor & Senior Trainer (South East)
PATRICK TITMANAdvisor & Senior Trainer (South)
BOB RATCLIFFEAdvisor & Senior Trainer (West Midlands / Wales)
NEVILLE WARDAdvisor (West Midlands / Wales)
DAVE WRIGHTAdvisor (London)