About Us – Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust (MBACT)

We are a local charity actively working with local Councils, Glandwr Cymru (the Canal and River Trust in Wales) and other partners to improve and sustainably restore the Mon & Brec Canal for the benefit of the local community. We undertake on-the-ground restoration of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal and run a successful interpretation centre at Fourteen Locks, Newport, where we have partnered with Newport City Council to run an “Education through Restoration” project with local schools. We operate a small number of passenger boats, taking school parties and families onto the water.

The aims of the Trust are to promote …

  • the improvement and maintenance of the navigable waterway from Brecon to Five Locks Pontnewydd.
  • sustainable regeneration of the canal from Five Locks, Pontnewydd to Newport and from Newport up to Cwmcarn
  • greater awareness of the economic benefit to local communities and businesses through tourism and leisure Activities.
  • education and interpretation through displays and presentations of the culture and history of the canal and its people.
  • personal health and well being. Angling, boating, cycling, walking and wildlife interests are of equal importance in the use of the canal corridor and will be enhanced by the achievement of the aims.

Our Structure


Michael German OBE

The Rt Hon, Lord German, OBE

“….Our inland waterway network is a unique and precious national asset, which has the potential to transform places, enrich lives, improve mental and physical health, support communities and promote economic development…”


Wyn Mitchell, BSc,(Hons,) DipTP, MRTPI(rtd.), C.Build E MCABE Retd.

Management Team

Chairman – Revd. John Collier *

Vice-Chairman – Ian R. Lewis *

Community Boat Project Manager – Ian R. Lewis *

Community Boat Project Advisor – Wyn Mitchell *

Community Boat Bookings Manager – Glyn Williams

Regeneration Manager – Richard Dommett MBE *

Special Projects – Bernard Illman *

Special Projects – Bob Coldwell

Torfaen Canal Team – Hugh Woodford

Fourteen Locks Centre Manager – Laura Thomas

Fourteen Locks Centre Assistant Managers – Huong Ha, Jodie Morgan

Membership Officer – Anne Thomas

Chaplain – Revd. John Collier *

Webmaster – Paul Thomas **

Archivists – Ray Haydon, Phil Hughes

* – Director and Trustee
** – Director Fourteen Locks Canal Centre

Partner Representatives

Inland Waterways Association – Tony Pugh

Canal & River Trust – David Morgan

Islwyn Canal Association – Richard Wysom

M&B – COG – Boat Operators – Nigel Curtis

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canals Regeneration Partnership Group

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Regeneration Partnership Scheme logo

The Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust was an enthusiastic and active founder member of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canals Regeneration Partnership Group which was founded in 1996. Other founder members included Newport County Council and the then British Waterways Board (BWB). The work of the BWB has been taken over by the Canal & River Trust since 2012.

The partners are working together to achieve the sustainable restoration of the southern un-navigable section of the canal and support CRT in the Improvement and maintenance of the navigable section of canal. Trust member are working to encourage members of the community to take part as active volunteers. These volunteers, through training, assist with canal restoration, environmental cleansing, education, and informing others including visitors in the importance of health and well-being activities using the waterway environment.

The Partnership Members

  • Newport City Council
  • Monmouthshire County Council
  • Torfaen County Borough Council
  • Caerphilly County Borough Council
  • Powys County Council
  • Glandwr Cymru, (the Canal & River Trust in Wales)
  • Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust
  • Brecon Beacons National Park

Affiliations and Memberships

We are affiliated with the Inland Waterways Association

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We are also members of:

WCVA – WCVA is the national membership body for voluntary organisations in Wales

Brecon Beacons Tourism – a local body representing Brecon Beacons tourism businesses

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National Community Boats Association – The National Community Boats Association or NCBA is a charity that provides support to Community Boating Organisations.

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European Route of Industrial Heritage – the tourism information network of industrial heritage in Europe

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