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Scottish Rowing is run by a volunteer board which is supported by staff based at the Scottish Rowing Centre at Strathclyde Country Park.

*Covid-19* Update 20/3/2020

In response to the Scottish Government advice on Covid-19, all Scottish Rowing staff are working remotely.  If you need to get in touch please do so by email using the details below.

Staff

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Chief Operating Officer

Amanda Cobb: 

amanda.cobb@scottish-rowing.org.uk

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Coaching and Development Manager

Scottish Rowing Welfare Officer

Mark Senter: 

mark.senter@scottish-rowing.org.uk

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Head of Performance Pathway
Lee Boucher: 

lee.boucher@scottish-rowing.org.uk

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Workforce Development Manager  (West)
Andy Barton:

andy.barton@scottish-rowing.org.uk

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Competitions and Events Manager (East)
Adam Hardy:

adam.hardy@scottish-rowing.org.uk

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Club Support Manager (North)
Erin Wyness: 

erin.wyness@scottish-rowing.org.uk

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Administrator
Carol Ann Ellis: 

office@scottish-rowing.org.uk

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Membership Services
Jo Pinder: 

memberservices@scottish-rowing.org.uk 

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Business Manager, Scottish Rowing Centre
Steve O'Connor: 

steve.oconnor@scottish-rowing.org.uk 

The Board

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President
Martin Claxton 

martin.claxton@scottish-rowing.org.uk

A Chartered Marine Engineer Martin has been a member of the Board of Scottish Rowing since 2009, during which time he assisted with the transition from the founding SARA and became President in 2017.  He became involved in rowing whilst working in Bath where he and others founded a rowing club for Royal Naval personnel. 

Moving to Scotland in 1995 and after a gap caused by several periods away at sea, he started rowing again at Loch Lomond Rowing Club.  Subsequently qualifying as a L2 coach and with few juniors in the club he engaged with local schools and quickly built up a large squad of junior athletes, of whom four went on to enjoy successes with Scotland Teams. He continues coaching to this day. 

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Vice President (Director of Development)
Caroline Parker

Caroline started rowing not long before her 50th birthday. A late-comer to this, or any form of sport, she soon became addicted to something she sees as having immense benefits for both physical and mental life.   

Having experienced first-hand the joys of rowing but also the challenges that being an older, shorter (5’3” on tiptoes) non-sporty person faced coming into the sport she set out, with colleagues at Castle Semple Rowing Club, to make a difference. They developed and ran Learn to Row courses for adult beginners, purchased training boats, increased coach numbers and established regular and structured training sessions. The adult novice group is now firmly established and is currently the largest section of the club with racing as well as life-style and confidence wins to its member’s credit.      

Her passion for bringing people into the sport has taken her through club membership to coach to committee to club president and eventually to the Board where she is Director of Development. In her day job she is the Assistant Vice-Principal (Values) at Glasgow Caledonian University. 

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Finance Director
Mark Barry

Mark trained with the global accountancy firm KPMG before joining a boutique private equity firm in Glasgow to help identify investment opportunities and provide advisory services to investee companies. During this period, he also provided ad hoc interim management and financial support to a wide range of clients and industries.  He returned to professional practice in 2013, initially focussing on corporate finance and advisory services, before joining one of Scotland’s longest established independent accountancy firms McLay McAlister & McGibbon as a Director in 2018. Mark holds a Law degree from the University of Glasgow and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. 

SamWinton

Director of Youth Engagement
Sam Winton

Sam took up rowing in 2018 at the University of St Andrews, before becoming the Development Officer in 2019. He has now joined the Executive Committee as the Volunteering and Engagement Officer for Saints Sport.

Prior to arriving at St Andrews, he had been heavily involved in outreach programs across the West Midlands, working in a variety of schools. He used this experience to restart the Boat Club’s community engagement project around Loch Ore, working with Scottish Rowing to increase participation within the virtual school's league.

In 2019 he founded Here For Sport, a social enterprise which works with under-represented communities and groups to address barriers to participation within sport. He aims to make all sport more inclusive and diverse.

DorothyRoberts

Director of Performance
Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy learnt to row, as a student, on the Union Canal in Edinburgh. She progressed to racing internationally and retired after a career encompassing three Olympic Games and five World Championships. She moved on to work at UK Sport and then at the sportscotland Institute of Sport before moving to a role in the Performance Team at Scottish Swimming.

Having experience as athlete, coach, service provider and manager she has a solid understanding of the challenges that sports face in the performance sphere at both strategic and operational levels.

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Director of Coaching
John Gill

John’s embryonic strokes in rowing began at Loch Lomond RC in 1961/62. Then the academic world took over and he joined Clyde ARC, then Strathclyde University BC, racing as much as studies would allow. On moving South, John joined Trafford RC and held the post of Captain for 10 years. Relocating again, John became a member of Marlow RC where he is currently Deputy Chairman.

Since 2001, John has immersed himself in coaching and studies for both his Level 3 qualification in Coaching and then Tutoring and Assessing in Sport. He is highly committed to coaching adaptive rowers and Paralympians. John has been Director of Coaching on the Board of Scottish Rowing since 2013. He represented to Board on several British Rowing Committees.

In 2012, John was awarded the British Rowing Medal for Service to the sport. John was made an Honorary Member of Gmunder Ruderverein in Austria in 2011.

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Commercial Director
Matt Taylor

Matt began his rowing career whilst still at school, as a cox for Belfast Rowing Club on the River Lagan. Starting in the Junior squad and rising through to cox the Senior Men, Matt loved the sport’s environment of teamwork, discipline and structure.

After moving to St Andrews to study Financial Economics, Matt continued coxing and led crews to numerous record-breaking results and represented Scotland at Home International Regatta. Matt served on the Saints Committee for 3 years, 2 as President and he founded and chaired Saints Regatta for two years, overseeing it to become the UK’s largest student run regatta and oversaw fundraising campaigns totalling over £50,000. Matt oversaw the design and implementation of wide-ranging communication, alumni relations and donor strategies and led the Club through a change in coaching staff and an unprecedented season in 2019-2020.

Matt was bestowed an Honorary Life Member of the University of St Andrews for services to student leadership and sport management and was awarded The Chancellor’s Award for Continued Outstanding Contribution to Sporting Excellence and Scottish Rowing Volunteer of the Year. Matt was the inaugural recipient of the Guardbridge Cup, finalist in the University’s Student of the Year and UK Captain of the Year and was voted in the top 20 most influential students in the UK in 2019.

Since graduating, Matt works as a Teacher in County Durham through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. He is also a Trustee in the charity Here for Sport, Finance & Fundraising Director for Eden Boat Club and Scottish Student Rowing Chair 2020-2022.

Alistair Neill

Ordinary Director
Alistair Neill

 

Alistair was introduced to rowing in the late 70s at City of Glasgow ARC. Whilst he thoroughly enjoyed the sport, his competitive success was limited. As Alistair says, “I didn’t lose every race I took part in”.

He became involved in the organisation side of the sport and has been in charge of medal presentations at Scottish Champs since 1981. He has been on the SR Domestic regatta organising team since 1984 and has involved in the running of all of the major international regattas at Strathclyde Park since the early 90s.

Alistair is a member of Strathclyde Park Rowing Club where he is currently President.

 

 

Ordinary Director
Elizabeth Mitchell

 

 

Key Volunteers

Scotland Team Manager
Graeme Cunningham: graeme.cunningham@scottish-rowing.org.uk

Junior Co-Ordinator
Michael Martin

Scottish Rowing Regatta Organising Committee ("SRROC")
Chair - Lindsey Vyse: lindsey.vyse@scottish-rowing.org.uk 

SRROC Volunteer Co-Ordinator
volunteer@scottish-rowing.org.uk 

Race Control Commission
Chair - Neil MacFarlane: neil.macfarlane@scottish-rowing.org.uk

Competition Strategy Group
Chair - Fiona Rennie: fiona.rennie@scottish-rowing.org.uk