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Richard Everitt

Richard Everitt

Chair

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Chair of the Board of Directors

Richard has had the privilege of being the Chief Executive of the Port of London Authority from 2004 until March 2014 during which time the importance of developing the skills of people who operate on the River and encouraging people to take up careers on the River became quite apparent. The Thames Skills Academy, being employer led is vital in supporting these objectives. 

Since retiring Richard has been fortunate in maintaining his connection with the marine world being a non Executive Chairman at the Port of Dover. 

Richard’s interests include regular tennis, singing, the garden and our growing family. 

Andy Pike

Andy Pike

Deputy Chair

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Deputy Chair

Andy is the Strategic Infrastructure Development Projects Director for Cory Riverside Energy driving strategic initiatives for the Cory Group.  Andy operationally led the Cory business including the Cory’s extensive River Thames lighterage operations, transporting c1m tonnes of residual waste and recovered construction aggregate material via Tugs and Barges from Wandsworth to Tilbury per annum.  Cory has a long history of operating on the River Thames and is proud to support the Thames Skills Academy to assist in raising standards on the River.

Roger Bailey

Roger Bailey

Director

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Director - Founding Member

Roger is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has held a number of board level positions in construction companies and in engineering and planning consultancies. He spent the first 20 years of his career in the geotechnical contracting sector (mining, piling and ground engineering) in the UK and overseas before moving into transportation consultancy (highways, rail, aviation) for organisations such as Crossrail, Network Rail, TfL, Highways Agency and Department for Transport.  

Roger is Asset Management Director for Tideway, the new Regulated Water Company delivering the £4.2 Billion, Thames Tideway Tunnel through London. Roger’s Asset Management Team at Tideway is responsible for integrated assurance, technical oversight of project delivery (including design assurance, compliance with planning permission, innovation, environmental sustainability, skills and employment) and the operational integration of the completed Thames Tideway Tunnel asset into the existing London sewer network. 

Roger has been with the Thames Tideway Tunnel since 2012 and has been instrumental in driving the marine logistics strategy which will see 6 million tonnes of construction materials and excavated spoil moved by river on the project.

 

John Redmond

John Redmond

Director

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Director - Founding Member

John started work on the non-tidal Thames in 1970 in the navigation service working for the Thames Conservancy rising through the ranks to become the Harbourmaster and Navigation Manager in 1992 and was the national inland navigation expert for the National Rivers Authority particularly in matters of safety and related national and European legislation.  John retired in 2005 but stayed involved with Thames Matters through his involvement with the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames  and as Chairman of Thames Clippers between 2010 and 2014.  John was Master of the Watermen’s Company in 2012-13 and joined the board of the Thames Skills Academy as the Company’s representative in 2016.

 

Sean Collins

Sean Collins

Director

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Director - Employer Representative

As the CEO and Co-Founder of MBNA Thames Clippers Sean has been at the helm of MBNA Thames Clippers since the inception of the business in 1999. At that time they operated one boat, served three piers and employed two crew. Today they have an annual turnover of over £20 million, operate 17 vessels, employ almost 340 people and carry over four million people each year. As well as commuter and visitor services throughout London, the business also offers corporate hire and express services.

 

Kyle Haughton

Kyle Haughton

Director

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Director - Employer Representative

Kyle joined City Cruises plc in 2011 as Managing Director.

City Cruises is the leading operator of passenger services on the River Thames, carrying in excess of 3 million passengers annually on our extensive sightseeing, entertainment and charter services.   City Cruises has been in operation since 1985 and has a fleet of 20 river vessels, operating on the Thames as sightseeing boats as well as two high speed RIB vessels operating as ThamesJet and an operation in Poole.

Before City Cruises Kyle served as Managing Director at Funway Holidays. 

Kyle joined Funway from Airport Operator BAA, where he served for three years as Commercial Sales and Marketing Director. Kyle's experience spans innovative strategic business, brand strategy and customer service engagement. Experienced, approachable and a well-connected travel industry business practitioner, Kyle has worked in a variety of complex business environments with multiple stakeholder demands.

Chris Livett

Chris Livett

Director

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Director - Employer Representative

Passionate about encouraging the positive usage of our rivers and waterways, Chris is the 8th Generation of the Livett family to work the tidal River Thames in London, a Past Master of the Company of Waterman and Lighterman and Bargemaster to Her Majesty The Queen (as of January 2018). 

Over the past 30+ years he has developed an enviable reputation for providing solutions to complex logistical challenges on rivers and waterways across London and the UK. These include some of London’s largest civil engineering projects, PR stunts for global brands and filming for numerous Hollywood movies.

Chris leads a number of businesses with his primary base at Butler’s Wharf in Central London. With piers, marinas and berths at key strategic points along the River Thames, his fleet of boats range from high-speed RIB’s, workboats, tugs and specialist craft, to luxurious party boats capable of entertaining 50 – 600 guests.

 

Steve Hails

Steve Hails

Alternate Director

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Alternate Director - Founding Member

Steve is the Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing at Tideway.  He is a Chartered Member of IOSH, a Practitioner of IEMA and with a Masters Degree in Health, Safety & Environment, Steve progressed into HS&E management through his career spent in engineering, within the nuclear industry, and through the manufacturing sector. 

With over 20 years’ experience in the development and implementation of effective strategies, policies and systems in engineering and construction environments, Steve has worked for Nuclear Electric, Procter & Gamble, the Engineering Employers’ Federation and Siemens Energy before joining Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail, in April 2012 as Director of Health & Safety.

Steve joined Tideway at the beginning of June 2016 and is responsible for the successful implementation and application of the RightWay health and safety principles and for encouraging the demonstration of transformational health and safety performance by those delivering the project.

He is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Mates in Mind (the new mental health charity for UK construction), President of the Construction Health & Safety Group, an Executive member of the Health in Construction Leadership Group and Chair of the Transforming Tunnelling Safety Group and the Infrastructure Client Group H&S.

Steve also represents Tideway on a number of Health & Safety groups including the Construction Client’s Health & Safety Group and the London Health & Safety Leads Group. 

Colin Middlemiss

Colin Middlemiss

Alternate Director

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Alternate Director - Founding Member

Colin Middlemiss has been Clerk of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames since 1st April 1997.  He was brought up at Cookham on Thames sharing with many others a love of our great River.  He was formerly a lawyer by profession specialising in European Law and worked for a period in Brussels.  Since becoming Clerk, he has enjoyed the range of work of the Company from looking after Almshouse residents to educating and training the next generation of Watermen and Lightermen whilst providing a range of activities to encourage fraternity amongst all those working afloat on inland waterways.

Katherine Riggs

Katherine Riggs

Chief Executive Officer

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Director - chief Executive Officer

In her role as Chief Executive Officer, Katherine is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organisation according to the strategic direction set by the Thames skills Academy (TSA) Board.  Katherine joined the TSA in February 2018 with an obvious passion for the river and is ideally placed to lead the TSA through the next phase of its development.

 

Angela Shepherd

Angela Shepherd

Training Coordinator

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Angela joined the TSA in October 2017  in the role of Training Coordinator and is responsible for the coordination of the effective and efficient provision of training courses, development and training consultancy services to TSA members.  Prior to this appointment, Angela was employed in secondary education for 12 years as PA to a Head Teacher, and Director.

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