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Katherine Riggs

Katherine Riggs

Chief Executive

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Katherine Riggs has been the Chief Executive of the Thames Skills Academy since February 2018.  Prior to taking over the role, Katherine was the Director of Thames Vision the Port of London Authority, leading from inception to delivery, a 20-year plan for the development of the UK’s most famous and busiest river, the first of its kind. 

Earlier in her career, Katherine worked in the UK civil service for twenty years.  Most recently, she was head of strategy to the Secretary of State leading the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s growth and biosecurity programmes as well as preparations for the 2015 general election.  Other roles included leadership of Government’s most complex UK/EU programme (£3.9 bn over 7 years) and she spent four years at the UK Representation to the European Union in Brussels, negotiating the accession of ten countries into the EU and representing the UK’s interests in common agricultural reform and WTO negotiations.

Jean Stevens

Jean Stevens

Group Training Officer

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Jean has more than thirty years’ experience across many sectors, cultures and industries and has a proven track record in delivering transformation programmes and a range of business operation strategies.

Jean is a London Ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service and promotes apprenticeships across various professional sectors. She is also a Director of Women into Construction.

Jean holds the position of Chair on the Business Development Board at the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) London and also sits on their Policy Board

Jean is also an Executive of the Construction Client Leadership Group (CCLG) and sits on the on the Mayor’s Construction Skills Advisory Group.

Gemma McKeady

Gemma McKeady

Personal assistant to the CEO

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Gemma joined the TSA in October 2016 as the Office Manager. She was key to setting up the foundations of the Thames Skill’s Academy organisational structure.  Gemma has over 10 years’ experience working in the building and facilities industry at management level. Since returning from maternity leave in the summer of 2018, Gemma now works part time as the Personal Assistant to the CEO, Katherine Riggs.

Richard Everitt

Richard Everitt

Chair

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Chair of the Board of Directors

Richard was the Chief Executive of the Port of London Authority from 2004 until March 2014 during which time he focused on a series of objectives including the development of skills of people who operate on the river. He also encouraged a wider range of people to take up careers on the Thames to increase diversity. He believes that the employer-led Thames Skills Academy is vital to meet these aims.

Since his retirement Richard has maintained his links with the maritime world as Chair of the TSA’s Board and as a non-Executive Chairman at the Port of Dover and a member of Belfast Harbour Board. 

Katherine Riggs

Katherine Riggs

Chief Executive

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Chief Executive

Katherine Riggs has been the Chief Executive of the Thames Skills Academy since February 2018.  Prior to taking over the role, Katherine was the Director of Thames Vision the Port of London Authority, leading from inception to delivery, a 20-year plan for the development of the UK’s most famous and busiest river, the first of its kind. 

Earlier in her career, Katherine worked in the UK civil service for twenty years.  Most recently, she was head of strategy to the Secretary of State leading the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s growth and biosecurity programmes as well as preparations for the 2015 general election. 

Other roles included leadership of Government’s most complex UK/EU programme (£3.9 bn over 7 years) and she spent four years at the UK Representation to the European Union in Brussels, negotiating the accession of ten countries into the EU and representing the UK’s interests in common agricultural reform and WTO negotiations.

Andy Pike

Andy Pike

Deputy Chair

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Deputy Chair and Non-Executive Director

Andy was appointed as the CEO of iCON Infrastructure on October 1st, 2020.  Previously he was Director of Strategic Infrastructure Projects Director at Cory Riverside Energy with responsibilities including the Development Consent Order for the Riverside Energy Park and the successful financing, development, commissioning and operation of the Riverside Resource Recovery EfW facility.

Andy also brings broader experience from his past involvement in international utility infrastructure. Andy has always been a proud supporter of  the Thames Skills Academy to raise standards on the river Thames and other inland waterways.

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 before moving into transportation consultancy for organisations including Crossrail, Network Rail, TfL, Highways Agency and Department for Transport.  

Roger is the Asset Management Director for Tideway, delivering the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel through London.  Roger 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 Tideway project.

Robin Mortimer

Robin Mortimer

Director

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Director

Robin Mortimer has been the chief executive officer at the Port of London Authority (PLA) since 2014.

Robin worked in the UK civil service from 1994. In the early part of his civil service career he held roles including private secretary to the deputy prime minister and the secretary of state for transport, in which he led on maritime, aviation, transport security and London transport issues.  

He joined the Department for Food Environment and Rural Affairs in 2004 as a deputy director, Robin led the Rural Strategy Division for three years.  In 2006, he moved to the Office of Climate Change, where he designed the UK’s Climate Change Bill.  In 2007, he was appointed as director of the Adapting to Climate Change programme. In this role he led the project to establish the Canal & River Trust and directed the Government’s Major Infrastructure and Environment Unit.

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. He became the Harbourmaster and Navigation Manager in 1992. He was also the national inland navigation expert for the National Rivers Authority particularly in relation to safety. 

John retired in 2005 and has stayed involved with the Thames as Chairman of Thames Clippers between 2010 and 2014 and through his involvement with the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames. 

Chris Livett

Chris Livett

Director

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Director - Employer Representative

Chris is the fifth generation of the Livett family to work on the tidal River Thames in London.  He is a Past Master of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen and has been Bargemaster to Her Majesty The Queen since January 2018. 

Over the past 30 years Chris has developed a 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 RIBs, workboats, tugs and specialist craft to luxurious party boats.

Fran Comerford-Cole

Fran Comerford-Cole

Director

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Director and employer's representative

Fran Comerford-Cole is the Director of Logistics for Cory Riverside Energy, one of the UK’s leading resource management, recycling, and energy recovery companies located along the River Thames.  Fran leads Cory’s river logistics, transfer stations and recycling services and also oversees their local authority and commercial contracts and commodity trading.  

Prior to working at Cory, Fran worked as a Senior Environmental Policy Advisor in New Zealand.

Cory has been operating on the River Thames for over 120 years and is proud to support the Thames Skills Academy to raise standards on the river.

Sean Collins

Sean Collins

Director

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Director - Employer representative

As the CEO and Co-Founder of Uber Boats by Thames Clippers, Sean has been at the helm of the company since its inception 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.

Sean is keen to increase safety standards and to bring a more diverse work force on the River Thames.

Kyle Haughton

Kyle Haughton

Director

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Director - Employer representative

Kyle joined City Cruises plc in 2011 as Managing Director. City Cruises, which started in 1985, is one of the leading operators of passenger services on the River Thames, carrying in excess of three million passengers annually on extensive sightseeing, entertainment and charter services.   City Cruises has a fleet of 20 river vessels and has operations in Poole and York as well as London.

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