Chairman – Tony Gath
Treasurer – Ken Walters
Ken attended his first committee meeting in May and became treasurer in October 2006 when the treasurer resigned. He attended meetings every 2 weeks at that time to get the boat club and boat house as we know it today, under way. Ken doesn’t row (his wife does) but he wanted a “sort of” hobby as he had recently retired!
Club Secretary – Patricia Smith
Membership Secretary – Ann Jones
I started learning to row at Trentham back in 2008. Coming to the sport in my early-40s and not built for rowing in the traditional sense, I nevertheless fell in love with the sport and with our beautiful surroundings at Trentham Lake. I enjoy rowing mostly on a recreational basis – always wanting to improve myself but valuing its real benefits for the whole person. I have been helping with our adult learners over the past few years and love seeing people improve from week to week.
I’m generally the person new members first come into contact with when they’re thinking of joining our Club as experienced rowers or want to learn to row with us. I’m also completing the Level 2 Rowing Coach qualification in order to help support our adult coaching provision.
Junior Squad Coach – Darren Barton
Ladies’ Captain – Jude Harvey
Men’s Captain – Jeff Taylor
Welfare Officer – Alison Hatton
My name is Alison Hatton and I have been a member of Trentham Boat Club since June 2010. I learnt to row on the Thames at Caversham, Reading when I was a teenager, following my dad and sister into the sport. I was not lucky enough to go to a university with a strong rowing tradition, and consequently, had a 20 year break until I was tempted back by a friend early in 2010.
My role is to act as the first point of contact for young people, parents/ carers, coaches and volunteers who have any concerns about child welfare or poor practice in the junior section of the Club.
The Club Welfare Officer (CWO) is responsible for acting as a source of advice on Child Protection matters and for co-ordinating action within the Club on receipt of any concerns or referrals. They should have an understanding of British Rowing’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy and be the evidence checker, verifying the identity of individuals completing criminal records check (DBS) prior to working with the Junior section of the club. It is also the responsibility of the CWO to keep records of all those within the Club who have been vetted, to ensure CRB checks are kept up to date, and record any training and qualifications of those working at the Club.
Joint Safety Officers – Alan Bradley & Kev Griffiths
The Safety Officer’s role is to work towards keeping Club Members as safe as possible while enjoying the facilities we have at Trentham and also when they’re away at training camps and regattas. I liaise with our governing body ‘British Rowing’ to make sure we keep within their safety guidelines and always aim for maximum participation with risks reduced as far as possible. If anyone has any concerns regarding safety either on the water or around the boathouse drop me a line via the website.
Men’s Vice Captain – Dave Picking
Regatta Secretary – Naomi Ellis
In 2006 I was invited to join the beginners course and from then on I was hooked. Then in 2010 I took on the role of Regatta Secretary and became the Ladies Captain in 2011, until I handed over the reins as Captain to Jude in late 2015.
Junior Co-ordinator – Ian Duncan-Lewis
I started rowing in 2008 after perusing a number of other sports and wanting to address the work life balance. Rowing is a great way to keep fit and is a sport that can be enjoyed as a junior and right through life. As Junior Coordinator I am lucky-enough to work closely with Daz Barton, our Junior Coach, in helping to provide our junior rowers with the opportunity to enjoy the sport to the full and be the very best that they can be.