CURRICULUM VITAE THOMAS FOX
Address: 108 Warborough Ave, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5LL, United Kingdom
Telephone: (44) 0118 9411401 Mobile: (44) 07902012168
I am a keen and motivated person who is diligent in carrying out their professional duties whilst willing to undertake
new challenges. Having travelled the world extensively for one year experiencing a variety of cultures and gaining
employment abroad, I became a more motivated and confident person. This has since helped me in my career to
understand and work well alongside my peers, whilst having the ability to be decisive and efficient to achieve a
My experience as a passenger vessel skipper helped to develop a broad range of skills from learning the technical
aspects of the vessel to the overall management of all staff on board. I work well within a team and promoted this
amongst the crew on board with clear communication and methodical planning to undertake our tasks. This
profession required me to be well organised, often solving last minute problems with alternative actions that still
fulfilled our clients demands. Ultimately I learnt the need to listen to our customers’ needs and be flexible which
meant we could excel at providing the best river cruise experience.
Having furthered my career to gain my Deck Officer of the Watch Unlimited certificate of competency I am now
looking forward to new challenges and prospects from working in the wider maritime industry. I would like to go on
to complete more qualifications whilst having the opportunity to work alongside and learn from other maritime
Ability to work with others as a team for a common objective.
Experience of leadership and management.
Open mindedness – willing to seek advice and opinions of other colleagues to provide the best outcome.
Able to show initiative and enthusiasm.
Keen to learn new skills and take on challenges and offer help to others.
Jan 2011 – Dec 2013: Deck Cadet sponsored by Evergreen Marine (UK) LTD
Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG) – Training Provider
Attended Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton following the Merchant Navy Training Board Deck Officer
syllabus completing 1 year sea service interspersed with studies ashore. The sea service was undertaken on
Evergreen Marine’s UK registered container fleet of vessels. Whilst at sea I undertook training in all aspects of a
deck officer’s duty which included:
Bridge navigation watches – plotting positions, monitoring all navigation systems and cross checking
information, responding to any alarms, communicating with outside parties via radio communication,
updating charts, logbooks and administrative records, daily operational checks of GMDSS, helming the
vessel, helping with mooring duties at mooring stations, adhering to all environmental policies (MARPOL)
or any port/region specific legislations, promote safe working practices as per the company’s safety
management system, help to issue permits to work.
Checking and maintaining all lifesaving and firefighting appliances and organising replacement and
servicing, undergo regular emergency drills and carry out safety briefings to crew.
Deck maintenance alongside the Bosun and AB’s – chipping, painting, greasing, cleaning, checking cargo
lashings, carry out risk assessments prior to an activity to identify hazards and implement control
Port Watches – Monitoring the ship’s security as per ISPS regulations, managing the ballast system,
checking the loading of containers, maintain COSWOP procedures for all persons on board, checking the
mooring conditions, liaising with port officials.
April 2008 – Jan 2011: Environment Agency – Legal & Estates Assistant
Assisted prosecution lawyers in preparing case files for criminal proceedings relating to environmental crimes and
prepared information for parliamentary enquiriescommittees.
Feb 2007 – April 2008: –Temporary roles at Porsche GB, PepsiCo UK
Porsche UK: General office administration within the legal department.
PepsiCo: Oversaw customer-ordering accounts and deliveries for Makro, Palmer & Harvey, Tesco.
Jan 2006 – Jan 2007: World Travel
Europcar (Sydney Australia) - Maintained car rental fleet to ensure ready for rental, ensuring customer
satisfaction and answering their questions.
Island Air Charter (Tauranga Airport New Zealand) - Helped with the daily running of aircraft ensuring they
were loaded and ready for flight and went on flights when required to help.
2000 – 2014: Thames River Cruise & French Brothers - Boat Skipper (PartFull-Time)
River Thames charter boat company’s based in Reading and Windsor operating vessels upon the upper River
Thames for public and private functions. Regular clients include Festival Republic - Reading Rock Festival, Henley
Royal Regatta, Microsoft, KPMG, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and Oracle.
Began as a student summer job and then promoted to skipper gaining a Boat Masters licence for the River
Thames to carry up to 250 persons. As a skipper I was the most senior representative of the company on board
the vessel managing all crew and associate staff. My priority was the safe navigation of the vessel on congested
waterways whilst also providing the highest level of customer service. As skipper I was involved in all aspects of
preparation from engine checks and maintenance, refuelling to stocking the vessel and checking all safety
equipment. During cruises I would have clear communication with all crew members checking that all
departments were functioning well and foreseeing any problems. I would endeavour to check on the customer’s
satisfaction and follow up on any demands or extra actions we could carry out to fulfil their needs. As a result I
developed many new skills form being more confident in front of the public to predicting future events and
planning ahead to overcome any difficulties.
2011 - 2013: Warsash Maritime Academy – Southampton Solent University
FdSc Marine Operations (Distinction)
Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Deck Officer’s Certificate of Competency
(STCW’95 II/I OOW Unlimited)
2002 - 2005: University of Portsmouth BA (2nd
Class Honours) History
Studied broad scope of historical study, 15th
century to present day.
Dissertation on Aviation in the 1950s & 1960s
1995 - 2002: Little Heath Secondary School Reading
GCSEs included: Mathematics, Double Science, English Language & Literature, French, History, Geography,
Electronics, Religious Education, and Business Studies.
A Levels: History, Economics, Geography.
Other Qualifications Skills:
Certified in dingy sailing – stage 3
Open Water Scuba Diver
Joint Aviation Authority Pilot Training (45 hours PPL experience up to final skills test)
Boat Masters Licence Tier 2 Category B River Thames & Tributaries
Hobbies and Interest:
Aviation, motorcycling, skiing, model aircraft, sailing, football, history, live music and world travel.
Referees: Available on request