Meet The Team
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Sir David Suchet CBE
Sir David’s long and illustrious acting career includes roles in theatre, film, TV and radio plays. He received his Knighthood in 2020 for services to drama and charity.
Sir David has played many leading roles but is perhaps best known for his definitive portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. The first story was filmed in 1989 and in 2012 the last story, Curtain, completed the canon after 70 episodes.
Sir David supports many charities. One of his great loves is the canals and waterways of Great Britain together with a great love of the River Thames. He supports them and their restoration and he is connected with, and holds official titles with, many waterways and River Thames organisations. In 2009 he was given membership of the Lightermen and Watermen’s Livery Company after being given the honour of becoming a Freeman of the City of London.
Simon Davis and his late wife, Pat Davis MBE, founded The Rivertime Boat Trust in 2007, after learning from Jonathan Hobbs that wheelchair users found it difficult and unsafe to get on a passenger boat. With the help of many Trusts and individuals they raised £165,000 to build and launch ‘Rivertime’ to take out disabled and disadvantaged people.
Prior to this Simon and Pat started and ran a Boat Hire and Corporate Regatta Company. Both had interesting careers. Pat administered a number of Doctors’ practices and Simon was a Director of Catering and Marketing Companies and their experiences proved very helpful in growing the Charity.
Simon was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors; and indeed won two National Marketing Awards.
His love of the Thames led him to become a founder member of The River Thames Society and The Traditional Boat Rally as well as the Founder of The Thames Punting Club and the initiator of The Regatta for the Disabled. Not satisfied with all this he has also collected over 500 books on the River Thames.
Chris Barrett DL
Chair of Trustees
Chris was invited to become Managing Trustee in August 2017 and Chair in 2020 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).
Jonathan is the MD at Hobbs of Henley, one of the longest running family businesses on the Thames and has been a Trustee since Rivertime’s inception.
He is also a governor at the Oratory School and a Queen’s Waterman.
Since taking over the Hobbs business from his father, Jonathan has brought in may changes, increasing the size of the Hobbs rental fleet with both day boats and larger passenger boats and more. He has also launched ‘Mr Hobbs’ Gin.
Hobbs of Henley kindly supports ‘Rivertime’ in many logistical ways from their base in Henley.
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.
Guy has volunteered with Rivertime for over ten years and for and its sister Charity, Accessible Boating Thames since its inception.
Always drawn to water and boats, he has helped raise over £20,000 for the charities through various rowing challenges.
Guy has developed and oversees the RBT website. In the summer, Guy runs Boat Rental Thames and started the Shiplake Outloars fixed seat rowing club.