As a charity, The Aire Rivers Trust is governed by a Board of influential and hard-working volunteer Trustees. The Trustees guide the direction of the Trust and work behind the scenes in issues such as strategy, governance and finance. Trustees also act as Directors of the company.


As registered at The Charities Commission, our Objects are:

  1. To conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the rivers, streams, watercourses and water impoundments of the catchments comprising the River Aire and all tributaries and connected waterways (but excluding the Leeds and Liverpool Canal) and to facilitate and encourage appropriate access for all to the River Aire and its tributaries and connected waterways.
  2. To advance the education of the public, or any association, company, local authority, administrative or governmental agency or public body or representative body in:
    1. the understanding of rivers, river corridors and catchments, including their fauna, flora and economic or social activity.
    2. the need for, and benefits of, conservation, protection, rehabilitation and improvement of water environments.

Our Memorandum and Articles of Association can be found here.

We currently have 11 Trustees, their details can be found here.

We also employ a couple of Project Officers, one for our DNAire project and one committed to river stewardship.

In addition to the trustees, The Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and the Calder and Colne Rivers Trust have standing invitations to attend meetings.


We meet every 2 months, the next meeting is on 11th April at the Kirkgate Centre 7.30pm.

Minutes are available as pdfs here.


Copies of recent Annual Reports are available as pdfs from this page.