Meet The Team
Simon Davis and his late wife, Pat Davis MBE, founded The Rivertime Boat Trust in 2007, after learning that wheelchair users found it difficult and unsafe to get on a friend’s passenger boats. They raised £165,000 to commission their first launch, Rivertime, and then in 2014 were instrumental in creating Accessible Boating at Bisham Abbey enabling disabled children from special needs schools to enjoy paddling in bellboats, and wheelchair users in the specially adapted wheelyboat.
Our Patron: Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
“It’s a privilege to be associated with this wonderful charity that has brought joy to so many people. Being able to take a boat ride on the river was very difficult for elderly and handicapped people until Rivertime came along. Congratulations to the Rivertime Boat Trust on your tenth anniversary and all the best for the next ten years.”
“We are immensely proud to have Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE, an Olympic Gold Medallist and rower of great repute,
as our patron and to have a team of quite extraordinary trustees and volunteers without whose hard work – both behind the scenes an on the water – the Rivertime Boat Trust would simply not exist.“ – Simon Davis – Founder and Chairman
Skippers and Crew
We have and rely on a team of over 50 volunteers who are qualified to skipper and crew the boat.
All skippers hold as a minimum;
- RYA inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate
- RYA 1st Aid Certificate
- Annual refresher training to include the skippers leading role and emergency procedures
All crew complete annual refresher training in the following;
- Crewing and domestic duties
- Emergency procedures
- First aid
Lucy Herbert, our full time Head Skipper, organises over 200 riverboat trips a year for disabled passengers and managers the 50 volunteer crew who make that happen. Before joining The Rivertime Boat Trust, Lucy worked for the environment agency as a lock and weir keeper. She comes from two generations of river workers and lives on a house boat.
Chris Barrett DL
Chris was invited to become Managing Trustee in August 2017 and is responsible for the day to day management of the charity.
In 2001 Chris was part of a small group of business people who came together to form ‘Slough Business Community Partnership’ and was its Vice Chairman from 2007 – 2012.
In 2007 he became a trustee of ‘Berkshire Community Foundation’ and was elected Chair of Trustees in 2010, a post he held for five years.
Chris is also Chair of Trustees of Prior’s Court Foundation, an internationally renowned autism charity.
In January 2018 was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of The Royal County of Berkshire.
Operations Director & Trustee
Greg joined as a volunteer crew member in 2016 and became a skipper in 2017 before taking the role of Operations Director and Trustee in 2018. He is also actively involved with Accessible Boating at Bisham Abbey Sailing & Navigation School.
During the preceding 10 years Greg enjoyed boating in his Seamaster 23 cruiser, Yumi, often being seen on the Thames between Henley and Goring.
A former Police Officer, Greg is Chair of Trustees at Berkshire Vision (Berkshire County Blind Society) and a keen member of Rotary International and currently President of the Rotary Club of Reading Matins (2017/18).
Guy has been involved with Rivertime as a volunteer since 2010 both crewing and helping on the water with the Accessible Boating at Bisham Abbey.
Guy has also fund raised for the charity through various rowing events he has taken part in and helped organise.
In 2018 Guy has begun a project of trying to establish Rivertime Paddling events along the River Thames.