Roger Squires, a founder member of IWI, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours, to recognise his life-time commitment to promoting the UK’s historic canals and rivers, particularly the waterways of the London area.

Three Mills Lock, river Lea

In the heart of the London Olympics site, Three Mills Lock. Roger Squires has been monitoring the use of the Lea Navigation for waterborne freight since the start of construction work.

Roger Squires, BEMRoger is an IWA life member of over 30 years’ standing, and was its deputy national chairman until September 2009 and chairman of IWA’s Navigation Committee until 2010. He was a trustee of the Association and chairman of its London Region, from November 2000 to September 2009. He is a trustee of the London Canal Museum, a member of the London Waterways Commission and a UK Director of the American Canal Society. Roger Squires has been a member of IWI’s Council since its foundation, an organiser of the World Canals Conference (responsible for bringing it to Liverpool in 2007), and an ambassador for the UK waterways through Europe and America, all at his own expense and initiative. He was commodore of St Pancras Cruising Club for 10 years.