Tribute to Michael Hamilton: Thames21 Chairman

We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of our Chairman Michael Hamilton, who has died aged 83.

Michael was a true gentleman, warm, kind and deeply committed to our cause. He championed the River Thames and its tributaries and helped Thames21 to develop into the amazing organisation it is today.

Michael became Chairman of Thames21’s trustees in 2015, after a period of several years on the board. In this role, he provided decisive, clear leadership and was generous with his advice and knowledge, inspiring the Thames21 team. In particular, his guidance was invaluable through the Covid pandemic, helping the organisation not only survive but thrive to continue delivering our important work. 

Debbie Leach, Thames21’s outgoing CEO, said: “Michael and I first met at a lunch arranged by Francis Carnwath, and shortly afterward we met again on the River Thames foreshore where I discovered him in the mud with the other volunteers, helping to shore up the riverbank at Chiswick Eyot.  He loved the River Thames and he was a fantastic Chair of Thames21. He was endlessly supportive and encouraging and used his wisdom and experience to help the charity to fly.  We worked together for over eight years, and I will miss him hugely.”

Michael will be immensely missed by everyone at Thames21. We send our love and heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends.