About us – Specialists in Private Boat Hire on the Thames

Thames Leisure is the only Thames boat and event company that operates from the City of London. Established in 1984, Thames Leisure remained a family run business for the next 25 years as the fleet expanded with the arrival William B in 1998 and Dutch Master in 2001. Thames Leisure’s diverse fleet quickly gained a well-earned reputation on the river for its versatility, professionalism, and quality as well as its competitive value for money. Today Thames Leisure is one of the busiest fleet operators in London, creating imaginative and professionally run events for both corporate and private clients.

 

THE TEAM

  • Mark Tower - Managing Director

  • Mark has worked in marine events since 1987 and he is a professional skipper with a background in marketing. As Managing Director of our other brand Topsail Events and Charters, he has operated charters in the Pool of London on the Thames for over 20 years. It was this expertise and knowledge that he brought to the helm of Thames Leisure when he became  Managing Director in late 2011. Since then, Thames Leisure have returned to prominence on the river as leaders and innovators. Mark also has an extensive experience of Tall Ship and other major coastal events around Europe and he is also Maritime Director of the International Festival of the Sea.  His guiding passions are ships and boats, motorbikes, festivals, music and wine… and lots of other good things…

  • mark@topsailevents.co.uk

  • Sarah Lawrence - Sales & Operations Manager (maternity leave)

  • With a Degree in Travel Management and having travelled the world, Sarah is very knowledgeable on the sales side, accomplished in operations and efficient in finance. As Thames Leisure’s Operations Manager she keeps the show on the road. She regularly takes part in running competitions, is a keen tennis player and loves to travel.

  • sarah@topsailevents.co.uk

  • Hazel Crumpton - Operations Manager

  • Hazel joined Thames Leisure in September 2015 and comes from a  travel and finance background. Gaining a degree in event management with tourism, Hazel looks after operations, transforming your booking into a fantastic event that will keep your guests talking for months afterwards. In her spare time, Hazel likes to practice kickboxing and partake in charity events.

  • hazel@topsailevents.co.uk

  • Amanda Lennon - Finance Manager

  • Mandy is our all-seeing Finance Manager and helps with the running of the finance department.  A language graduate and  AAT qualified, she loves to travel and as well as driving overland through Africa, has lived and worked abroad extensively.

  • amanda@topsailevents.co.uk

  • Gemma Nash - Events, Sales & Marketing Coordinator

  • Gemma joined Thames Leisure in February 2016 and looks after the preliminary stages of booking your event and anything else you may need, from viewings to entertainment, to make your event special. Gemma also looks after the marketing, keeping our lovely customers informed of exciting updates to our boats and packages. In her spare time, she is a keen hula hooper, music fan and food enthusiast.

  • gemma@topsailevents.co.uk

  • Marek Baran - Bar Manager

  • Marek is our long-standing trusty Bars Manager, having been with Thames Leisure for well over ten years. He is usually the happy face customers see when coming to view our vessels at Tower Pier, and often seen helping his bar team on events behind the bar. Marek takes great pride in the fleet and has a great sense of good customer service

     

  • marek@thamesleisure.co.uk

  • Guy Wimpory - Director

  • Guy leads the charge on sales and marketing, drawing on many years in the marine events and hospitality industry. Guy helps oversee many other wider aspects of the Thames Leisure operation with the aim of keeping all of our valued clients happy and coming back for more. Guy enjoys reading, cooking, weekends away in his campervan with his family, writing poetry, and fielding his two energetic young sons.

  • guy@thamesleisure.co.uk