Committee Members, Coaches and Bank Support:

President: Peter Jones

Founder member Pete has been padding since 1951. A founder member of the BCU Placid Water Coaching Scheme he has a particular interest in encouraging young paddlers to flat water competition. He co-ordinates the British Canoeing Marathon Committee’s Geoff Sanders Inter-Club Trophy competition for under 12 year old paddlers in memory of our founder president. Pete is our marathon racing team leader and also assists Liz with our racing development squad.

Qualifications Coach L3 PW, Aquatic First Aid

Chairman: Geoff Barber

Vehicle design engineer Geoff is a very enthusiastic paddler who enjoys competing in marathon K2 races. He can be seen most Saturday afternoons introducing new paddlers to the sport of Kayaking.

Qualifications: Level 2 Placid Water Coach: Racing, Aquatic First Aid

Vice-Chairman: David Rimington

David is a keen paddler and marathon racer. David was treasurer and secretary for several years and has been responsible for obtaining significant grants to fund the club.
Qualifications: Level 1 Placid Water Coach and Aquatic First Aid

Treasurer: Nicki Bache

Nicki, an Accountant, has been club treasurer for several years and is a keen leisure paddler. She is responsible for preparing the club's accounts and maintaining our bank account. 

Secretary: Catherine Eaton

Catherine got involved with the club when her son was a keen paddler. After being persuaded by the club coaches to "have a go”, she is now a keen leisure paddler.  After a stint as membership secretary, Catherine is now the club’s Secretary and Clubmark Officer. She deals with email communications with members and ensures that the club complies with its obligations as a charity. She is a Solicitor.
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Membership Secretary: Vanessa Potter

Vanessa is the Membership Secretary and a member of the Committee. She deals with membership applications and membership renewals. She became involved with the club as both her children are members of the Junior Training Group. 

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Website Developer: Jon Upton

Jon has been involved with the club for many years originally his daughter was a keen paddler but she has now grown up and moved on to other things. Jon designed this website so that any member of the committee can alter it and he is a Committee member.

Head Coach: Andy Cook

Andy is a very knowledgeable paddler with tens of thousands of paddling miles experience and long history of wilderness, expedition and white water paddling. He is a keen marathon racer and has competed in numerous ultra distance events.  Andy is a Committee member.

Qualifications: Level 4 Coach Canoe & Level 3* Coach Kayak
A4 Assessor (can assess up to level 3 coach)
Aquatic First Aid Trainer

Touring Organiser: Mark Bache

Mark is a Level 2 coach and is currently working towards 4* Canoe Leader. He is a keen river and touring paddler and organises the clubs frequent trips. Mark is the Touring Representative on the Committee.

Qualifications: UKCC Level 2 Coach, Remote Emergency Care First Aid, White Water Safety and Rescue and 4* Canoe Leader Training.

Coach and Site Maintenance Officer: Ian Taylor

Ian supports the Junior Training Group on a Saturday morning and is also a coach for Saturday afternoon sessions. Ian has introduced many youngsters (and not so youngsters) to the sport of kayaking. In addition to coaching at the club, he also coaches with the Scouts. Ian is also a committee member with responsibility for site maintenance.

Qualifications: Level 2 Coach

Coaching Records Secretary: Julia Lawley

Julia is the coaching records secretary and a member of the committee. She keeps the records of the coaches, ensuring that they all have up to date qualifications and she organises regular meetings of the coaches. Julia is a keen racing paddler. 

Coach: Andy Hennegan

Andy is a keen recreational paddler who is usually to be seen at the club on Saturday afternoons. 

Qualifications: UKCC Level 2 Coach and aquatic first aid, moderate whitewater - kayak

Coach: Liz Franklin

Liz is a Level 2 coach who is currently working towards level 3. She coaches the club’s development squad.

Qualifications : UKCC Level 2 Coach  

Coach: Andy Penhallurick

Club Performance Coach, for the sprint and marathon teams. Ex-international sprint and marathon C1 paddler.  Andy was for a time Assistant Coach to both junior and senior GB canoe sprint teams and has a degree in Sports Studies from Warwick University, his final thesis being on the biomechanical comparison of racing canoe and kayak strokes.

Qualifications : UKCC Level 2 Coach  

Coach: Emily Bache

Emily is one of our younger coaches and concentrates on the recreational activities of the club. Emily is particularly keen to encourage girls and women to take part in kayaking and canoeing.

Qualifications: UKCC Level 2 Coach 

Welfare Officer - Claire Aston

Claire is the appointed Welfare Officer for the club. She is the person to contact if you have any concerns about safeguarding. She is a keen bank-side supporter of the activities of the Junior Training Group.
Qualifications: Safeguarding; Time to Listen

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