British Rowing Staff Update

Over the summer we’ve been saying ‘hello and goodbye’ to a number of British Rowing staff both here at Headquarters and among the coaching staff in our Regions.  Here is a quick round-up to keep you up-to-date.

Shelley McKay 

Shelley McKay – Technical Editor


Shelley began working at British Rowing in July, and will be working with the communications team as technical editor – producing and editing coaching material and other resources for publication. She is based at the British Rowing headquarters in Hammersmith, but will be working closely with our satellite office in Bedford. 

Shelley can be contacted on 020 8237 6725 or [email protected]


Sophie Slaney


Sophie Slaney – Explore Rowing Admin Assistant

Sophie joined the Explore Rowing team at the end of July, and will be working on the general administration of the Explore Rowing programme – as well as being the office-based point of contact for the team.  At the same time Explore Rowing said goodbye to Annabel Kehoe who enjoyed her year working with clubs to set up new ER challenges and activities.

Sophie can be contacted on 020 8237 6726 or [email protected]


Edwin Wills


Edwin Wills – IT Project Manager

Edwin returns to the IT team as Project Manager after finishing his degree at the University of Kent. Edwin spent a year at British Rowing in 2009-10 as part of his studies, and is currently working on our new website – which will be up and running by the end of September.  Ross Chadwick leaves the IT team to return to his studies and we wish him well in his final year.

Edwin can be contacted on 020 8237 6715 or [email protected]


John Stead


John Stead – Communications Assistant

We were left with a bit of a gap when Laura Thompson left us to pursue her career in Sports Development and so were delighted to welcome John to the Communications team in July.  John has a primary focus on producing content for the British Rowing website, social media pages, newsletters, and RowHow. Any queries about articles for the website should be directed to John. 

John can be contacted on 020 8237 6716 or [email protected]


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We are also pleased to announce the arrival of new members of staff working in our regional Coaching and Development teams. 

Team East

Tim Messent (CinC)

Team London & South East

Helen Taylor (CinC) Kent
Frankie Jus-Burke (CinC)

Team Wessex 

Katherine Morris: Coaching and Development Team Leader 

Team West Midlands 

Andrew Roe (CinC)

Team Yorkshire

Fiona Hill: (CinC and Start)

We also welcome our next intake of Henley Stewards Charitable Trust coaches, who arrive in September.

This includes Harriet Griffin (Bedford), Rebecca Gill (East Midlands), James Carew (North East), Lisa Taylor (Thames), Richard Mehrtens (North West), Katie Laverick (London & South East), Hannah Gavin (WAGS), and Hannah Lawton (West Midlands).

British Rowing would like to thank members of the team who have left in the past few weeks – or are just about to leave us – and wish them all the best for their future endeavours;  Eddie Bryant, Laura Fisher, Jamie Francis, Phil Gray, Toni Edwards, Gustavo Salcedo, Nick McCorry, Liam Smith and Ross Young.

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