Directors’ Report

Legal, administrative and general information about the Company

The River Thames Boat Project is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee that is registered with the Charity Commission.

The objects of the charity are to provide facilities for boating on the Thames for the purpose of social welfare especially for older people, people with disabilities and young people, and for environmental education and for other charitable purposes.

For more information about how we deliver our charitable purpose and what we do, click here.

Patron: David Suchet CBE

Honorary President: Sir Peter Harrop KCB

The President may attend meetings of the Board but is not a member of the Board.  Although no longer a director, Sir Peter Harrop continues to be actively involved by representing the charity at local events and giving invaluable guidance to the charity as a whole. We are particularly grateful that we continue to benefit from his great experience.

Board of Trustees  (who served during the 2013-14 year)

  • Paul Barry (Honorary Treasurer)
  • David Bell
  • Paul Boyd
  • Keith Knox (Vice Chair)
  • Peter Low
  • Jane Newman
  • Alison Oliver (elected November 2013)
  • Louise Sibley (Chair)
  • Richard Robinson
  • Byron Turner

The trustees also served as Directors of the Company. None received any remuneration from the company except for out-of-pocket expenses.

Company Secretary: Wendy Moss

Staff

  • Miranda Jaggers, Executive Director
  • Peter Oldham, Skipper and Boat Manager
  • Pippa Butterfield, Office Manager
  • Gemma Hindi, Environmental Education Co-ordinator

Independent examiner of accounts: Jon D. Blythe

Principal Activities 

Our purpose is to provide educational, therapeutic and recreational cruises and activities on the Thames, utilising our community barge, Thames Venturer, and a volunteer crew. We run two programmes that provide a choice of day and residential cruises for people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and older people. We also run two educational programmes, mainly for younger people.

For more information about the cruises,  click here.  For more information about our educational programmes, click here.

The Review of the Year,  here, provides activity and cruise highlights.  To see statistical information, including how many cruises and programmes we ran during 2013-14, please see our Public Benefit statement.

Community presence

As part of building community links, and for fundraising purposes, we take our boat to a series of local river-based events and festivals each year, when members of the general public are encouraged to come on board, take a tour and learn about our work.

Training 

We devote several days a year to volunteer mates’ and crew training. This covers boat operations, health and safety, emergency drills, and disability awareness.

Fund-earning

Finally, we also use our boat, when not on core client or community business, to help us earn funds in a manner which also fulfils the spirit of our charitable purpose. Venturer Photography is a linked enterprise run by volunteers that makes use of the boat on summer evenings to provide cruises for all-comers and help earn extra funds for the charity. We also offer the boat for community hospitality events or meetings, and to the charity’s Friends and volunteers for their own gatherings and fund-earning events.

Details of events, training days and fund-earning cruises held during 2013-14 are are provided in our Public Benefit statement.

Statement on risk

The directors conduct a periodic assessment of the risks to which the company is exposed. The likelihood and relative seriousness of the identified risks were reviewed in the course of the last year and several minor modifications made. It is the company’s policy to keep up to date its assessment of risks of many kinds and to adopt measures to mitigate or minimise identified risks to the greatest extent practicable.

Disability Discrimination policy

The directors pursue a policy of non-discrimination towards people with physical or learning disabilities or mental illness. People with disabilities are an important part of our clientele. Thames Venturer was converted to make it possible for wheelchair users to have access to all passenger facilities on board, including the toilets and shower facilities. We provide staff and volunteers with disability awareness training. So far as the staff and volunteers are concerned, we readily employ without discrimination anyone who can perform the duties required in a safe, timely and effective manner.

 

Directors’ Report – Review of the Year

Public Benefit Statement

Financial Results

Clients

Donors and Benefactors

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