Mark Davies

Chair of British Rowing

Mark Davies has been Chair of British Rowing since April 2018.

He was previously Chairman of ArcheryGB, and a Trustee of SportsAid. Currently, he is a Transformational Leadership Fellow of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford, is chairing an Onside Youth Zones project for underprivileged young people in west London, and is an advisor to the Ruth Strauss Foundation.

He began his career in the City with JPMorgan, before moving on to spend five years working in media – broadcasting and producing for BBC Sport on Radio Five Live and News24, and writing about cricket and rowing for the Daily Telegraph. He became part of the team that set up and launched Betfair, the sports betting company, in June 2000, and he spent the next decade as the public face of that business, working with Governments and sports bodies round the world.

He got his first taste of rowing as an undergraduate at Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1990, and went on to cox in both Cambridge and England colours, including two Goldie races, a two-foot win over Wales in the Home Countries International, and ignominious defeat in a Henley final for which he hangs his head to this day.

Although a keen sculler during the years he spent living in Australia, he now limits his day-to-day involvement to indoor rowing at home. He has four children aged 14 to 20, one of whom rows at school and another coxes at university.

You can get in touch with Mark, via email, on: [email protected].

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