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Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

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The Thames Skills Academy (TSA) has announced the appointment of Dr Katherine Riggs as Chief Executive Officer. 

The TSA was set up in 2016 to provide high quality, cost-effective marine-related training, meeting the growing demand for trained ships masters and crew on the tidal Thames.  All types of river use are currently growing and the Port of London Authority’s (PLA) Thames Vision, the 20 year development framework for the river, suggests this will continue over the long term.

Katherine Riggs joins the TSA from the PLA where, for the last three years, she has led the development of the Thames Vision.  Prior to the PLA, Katherine headed the Strategy Unit at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Katherine will take over from outgoing TSA Chief Executive Officer, Julian Parkes on 1 February 2018.  Julian spent the last two years setting up the organisation, seeing the first cohort of TSA apprentices into training, and has opted now to move on to new challenges.

TSA chairman, Richard Everitt, said:

“We are delighted to be having Katherine join us on 1 February.  Her background developing the Thames Vision, her understanding of Whitehall and an obvious passion for the River, means she’s ideally placed to lead the TSA through the next phase of its development.

“Julian will leave with our deep thanks for a job well done, astutely shepherding the TSA though the crucial early stage of its development.  I am sure he will remain in touch as ‘his’ first cohort of TSA apprentices makes its way through training over the next two years.”

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