About us

We work to teach people about the Thames so that everyone can take a part in planning a healthy future for the river. We want to give people from all parts of the community the chance to engage with the river – on the towpath, on the foreshore and on boats.

How We Started

The Trust was set up as an educational charity in 1988 by a group of people concerned for the future of the Thames. From small beginnings, the organisation has grown, establishing itself as an expert in Thames-related matters. Our team includes Simon Clarke the Trust Director, Lorraine Conterio our Trust Manager, Heather Hyams our part time administrator and our highly experienced freelance teachers.

What We Do

We want everyone to have the chance to explore and get to know the Thames in London so we offer:

  • River visits for schools, community groups, families and adults to investigate the Thames
  • Training for teachers, youth leaders and staff of other Thames-related organisations
  • Educational materials about the whole Thames Basin
  • A consultancy service, offering expert advice on a range of Thames issues

We also run projects to help improve education and access to the river.

We also work with other groups along the Thames to help plan a healthy future for the river.


The Trust is run by a management committee, currently consisting of 9 members with a broad range of expertise and knowledge of river matters. A small team of volunteers help with project work and administration.


Thames Explorer Trust is a company limited by guarantee (Registered Company Number 2396145) and a registered charity (Number 1010903). Our registered office is The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, Chiswick, London W4 2UG


We rely heavily on donations and grants from individuals, charitable trusts, and local and governmental authorities to keep our programmes running. If you would like to make a donation to Thames Explorer, please contact us.