Our Committee

As is generally known, The “Trad” is and always has been run by volunteers.  The present small Committee has, with the exception of John Skuse and Cliff Colbourne, “inherited” the reorganizing of the event from the former, rather more formal Committee of 23.  


Our current group is aiming to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation but until this succeeds we are merely the following small but determined team of individuals.

SIR STEVE REDGRAVE CBE DL

PATRON

We are honoured to have Sir Steve Redgrave, himself an owner of a beautiful, classic slipper launch, as Patron of the Thames Traditional Boat Festival

JOHN SKUSE

PRESIDENT

John has been a long standing member of the previous committee responsible for the earlier incarnation of the event - the Thames Traditional Boat Rally. He also serves as the Middle Thames Branch Chairman of the River Thames Society.

LADY JUDY McALPINE & ADAM TOOP

CHAIRMEN

Lady McAlpine was asked to ‘rescue’ the rally for 2015. The event you see today is borne out of her considerable experience and extraordinary energy.  Her background is event organising, restoring old buildings and racing classic sports and racing cars. After four years of the Thames Traditional Boat Festival she continues to consciously steer clear of learning too much about boats, but being an artist with an engineer’s brain, is passionate that beautiful classic boats and the skills that created them should be preserved and passed on to the next generation.
 

Adam Toop has served as a Judge for many years and Chief Judge since 2016. He was persuaded to become Co-Chairman in 2017. Unlike his counterpart, he has a deep and broad knowledge of classic boats and understands the judging process from all perspectives. Prior to becoming a Judge, he won ‘Best in Show’ on no less than three occasions, with different boats from his collection. Adam works closely with the leading names in boat restoration and associated trades to provide a panel of Judges with an unrivalled level of experience in their respective fields.

PETER HARRIS

SECRETARY

Peter is both a classic boat and vintage car enthusiast. He has been hugely generous with his time having variously created websites, developed and streamlined the online booking process, digitized site plans, organised the campsite and acted as Company Secretary and general administrator as required. We need to reduce this workload moving forward with the help of new volunteers. 

SUE HARRIS

BOAT BOOKINGS

Sue is responsible for the logistically challenging task of managing boat bookings and ensuring that entrants receive the appropriate confirmation, boat numbers, wristbands and more. While this would be is a substantial undertaking for a small team,  Sue confidently manages this key role single-handedly. 

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CLIFFORD COLBORNE

MOORINGS MANAGER

Arranging moorings for a large number of different boats, that arrive en-masse and need to be accommodated on a varied river bank with dramatic depth variations – this is akin to solving a complex three-dimensional jigsaw. 

 

Cliff’s skill and diplomacy and are legendary to the extent that the Festival would be at a loss without him.  We are actively seeking a two volunteers for Cliff to train. You may also recognise him as Front of House Manager for the Kenton Theatre.

LYNDON YORKE

CARS & TANKS & PLANES

Lyndon is a genius, eccentric inventor and ‘amphibian’. He organises the vintage and classic cars, military encampment, air displays and - his real passion - the amphibious vehicles. Lyndon is also a keen meteorologist.

ALAN ELSTON

SITE MANAGER

CLIVE HEMSLEY

MARKETING

Clive has enjoyed a long and successful career in marketing. Although officially retired, he is chairman of the marketing agency Strength & Honour, who have generously provided invaluable assistance with re-branding and general marketing support.  

As well as painting many of Henley’s dogs, Clive is also the man behind the large painting of the Queen’s rowbarge Gloriana. This was shown at the Thames Traditional Boat Festival last year, then sold to Westminster School. Clive gave all the proceeds to the Festival, including those from the sales of prints. 

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