The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames was founded in 1514, when the earliest Act of Parliament for regulating watermen, wherrymen and bargemen received Royal Assent from King Henry VIII. Under a further Act of 1555 the Company introduced apprenticeships for those wishing to learn the skills of the Watermen. In 1700 the Lightermen (carriers of goods/cargo) joined the Watermen’s Company.
In 1780 The Company moved into its own purpose-built hall in St Mary at Hill, where we can still be found today. The Company is a working guild and is very actively involved with the life of the River and those who work on it.
Due to the upcoming retirement of their longstanding Clerk, Colin Middlemiss, the Company of Watermen and Lightermen seek to recruit a new Clerk.
Key to success will be a commitment to the aims, ethos and traditions of the Company coupled with the ability to take a “hands on” approach to day-to-day management, balanced by diplomacy and common sense. The ideal candidate will have proven senior management experience gained in a complex public or private sector organisation. Specific characteristics include:
For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners; William Pringle on 07515 919 648 or Leia Clancy on 020 7529 3090.
Closing date for applications: Monday 8th February
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