Cath competed at three Olympic Games and became the first British woman to win the World Championships and an Olympic medal in the coxless pairs. After retiring from the Olympic team, Cath went on to have a career as a diplomat with the Foreign Office and now works as a business coach and consultant in leadership development. Her book The Long Win was published in 2020 to rave reviews from across the sporting world.
Cath said: “I am delighted to be joining the Love Rowing Foundation Board of Trustees as Chair and supporting its aims to progress the inclusive growth of our sport. I look forward to bringing my love of rowing and breadth of professional experience to bring the sport of rowing to more individuals and communities who have not previously had the opportunity to benefit from all that rowing can offer on and off the water.”
Ellen is a current member of the GB Rowing Team aspiring to compete at this year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Since joining the team in 2018, Ellen has been an integral member of the PR3 mixed coxed four, defending their World Champion title in 2018 and 2019. Alongside her sporting career, Ellen has worked with a number of national charities and is a dedicated volunteer with organisations widening participation in sport, empowering refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and supporting the community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ellen said: “I became a Trustee for Love Rowing because I want every person in the UK who could benefit from being a member of the rowing community to have the opportunity to do so. Through my work and volunteering I have witnessed the inequalities of opportunity across the UK and I want to be a part of bridging this gap. I am particularly interested in introducing young people to our sport through school programmes and in delivering adaptive rowing programmes nationwide.”
Francesca started rowing in 2000 through ‘Project Oarsome’, a British Rowing scheme aimed at getting state school children into the sport, and went on to win three World Rowing Championship medals as a junior and under 23 international. She is now an associate lawyer at Ince and sits on the organisation’s Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. Before joining Ince, Francesca worked as a coach at Putney High School and Barn Elms Boat Club, as a tutor and assessor for British Rowing, and as a mentor for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.
Francesca said: “I wanted to join Love Rowing because I have experienced first hand the power of rowing to inspire, increase confidence, teach key skills, bring diverse groups of people together and increase activity and fitness. I am pleased to be able to bring my skills to the Love Rowing board and look forward to getting started.”
Recently retired following a career in banking with Barclays and HBOS and then education, rowing has long been Glyn’s passion. His son, Angus Groom, is a member of the GB Rowing Team and following his Olympic debut in 2016 he has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. Both Glyn and Angus are long standing members of Walton Rowing Club.
Glyn said: “I was extremely fortunate to get involved in rowing and have benefitted so much from it. Not everyone has accessibility to the resources to enjoy the sport, so being able to facilitate that through Love Rowing is a great thing. I have seen first-hand examples of young people who never saw themselves as sporty, take up rowing and transform themselves, gaining an identity, a drive and a self-worth that they did not have before. Love Rowing will help allow many others to take this journey which is a fantastic thought”.
Helen is Director of Rowing Community & Strategy at British Rowing and was previously Director of Innovation. She is also a Non-Executive Director and Trustee at the British Paralympic Association and has 20 years’ experience in sports management consulting, working with national agencies and events rights holders in the UK and internationally. She is passionate about the power of sport to change lives and committed to growing rowing as a healthy, accessible and inclusive sport with positive individual and societal impact.
Having taken Love Rowing from a seed of an idea in 2016 to formal launch in 2019, Helen is now the British Rowing Director responsible for supporting the continued growth of Love Rowing, working closely with the Foundation Manager and Board of Trustees.
Hugh Elwes is a Managing Director at Stephens, the family owned US investment bank, and leads the Financial Services Advisory team in Europe . He has over 35 years of investment banking experience, advising public and private companies on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and fundraising and has broad experience across the financial services sector. Hugh’s son, Charlie Elwes, is in the GB Rowing Team and has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Hugh said: “I’m proud to be a Founding Trustee of Love Rowing. I’m a firm believer in the transformative impact of rowing and am committed to enabling more young people to access this fantastic sport”.
Sally has recently returned to the UK after 11 years in the UAE where she was Founder and Managing Director of INTERACT. As a social impact agency, INTERACT has a mission to promote healthy activity and mental well-being. Sally worked with brands as well as government agencies to deliver bespoke initiatives for social change. Projects included The Daily Mile UAE, in partnership with ADNOC and the Ministry of Education, the Dove Self Esteem Project (Unilever) and Daman Heroes.
Sally said “I am passionate about making a difference and throughout my career, I have seen how sport can have a life changing impact. Rowing is an incredible sport with so many benefits. I look forward to opening it up to more diverse communities.’
Sally is an experienced charity Trustee and CEO. She is also widely recognised as an expert in both sport and philanthropy and has worked with charities and social enterprises for over 20 years to grow their reach, impact and financial security. Recent experience includes establishing The Atlas Foundation and authoring the Sport Think Tanks report on ‘Philanthropy in Sport’. A keen rower and member of Ross Rowing Club, Sally was instrumental in the early development of Love Rowing.
Sally said: “Love Rowing is a cause close to my heart. Everyone involved in rowing knows the transformational impact it can have and, working together with our delivery partners, we have an opportunity to support the development of rowing as a dynamic, accessible and inclusive sport”.
Nick is a chartered geologist and certified executive coach with a career in international upstream energy. He is now an advisor to energy companies, trustee and fundraising director for a charity supporting young adults with disabilities, executive and leadership coach, mentor, visiting lecturer, and adaptive rowing coach. Nick rows and sculls competitively; he is currently Maidenhead Rowing Club captain and the adaptive rowing representative on the Thames Regional Rowing Council.
Nick said: “I wanted to become a Trustee because the Love Rowing ethos of improving access to and inclusivity in our sport resonates with my values and purpose. I wish to support the foundation’s development and to get more folk onto the water (or ergos during these strange times) and to enjoy the physical and mental wellbeing benefits of our sport.”
Richard has spent the last 15 years in the charity sector working across front line services, policy, and fundraising. He has raised millions of pounds for NSPCC, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and more recently Onside Youth Zones – leading on a £6.5million state-of-the-art facility for young people in north London. Outside of work, Richard has spent the last 20 years as a rowing competitor and coach.
Richard said: “It’s a huge honour to have the chance to join Love Rowing, bringing together my professional and personal life for a sport that is very close to my heart. Rowing is an incredible sport that truly tests endurance, strength and flexibility and the chance to help in bringing this to new communities is incredibly exciting.”
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