Our Trustees

David FitzHerbert - Chairman

I believe that the greatest gift one can be given is opportunity. With opportunity, the world is your oyster. I have been lucky enough to be able to start new businesses in many different parts of the world. I try to have a positive impact with these business: renewable energy; microfinance; school finance etc.

I am still an active rower: I strongly believe that sport gives people of all ages the opportunity to enhance their lives and to make the most of their individual potential.

Mark Elgar - Trustee

Mark has been involved with the club from its inception in 2014 and was appointed as a trustee on 4 April 2014.  He is a Finance Director at St George PLC, Developer of the Fulham Reach scheme, which delivered the Fulham Reach Boat Club under its Section 106 agreement with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.  He was actively involved in the set-up of the club with fellow trustee Matt Bostock and CEO, Steve O’Connor.  He has worked for St George in a Finance role since joining the company in December 1993 and became a board director in November 2010.

Mark provides guidance to the CEO and other trustees on financial matters, with his financial background and is a member of the audit and remuneration committee.  He became an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 2003.

In his spare time he enjoys spending his spare time with his family, enjoys many sports (watching) and amongst other things is an Assistant Cub Scout Leader (8-10 year olds) in the Richmond-upon-Thames district, where he has been actively involved since 1993.

Rachael Henshilwood - Trustee

Rachael was introduced to rowing as a junior by her father as her state school couldn't offer rowing due to financial constraints.  Her life since has been heavily centred around the sport competing internationally as a junior, marrying a GB lightweight and now their son is quickly following in their footsteps.  Rachael has been a member of the FRBC board for three years and brings with her fourteen years’ experience leading development teams within the top independent schools in the UK and Australia.  She is currently working at St Edward’s School, Oxford and previously has been at Eton College, Marlborough College and Melbourne Grammar School, helping them all deliver authentic community engagement programs that have led to multi-million pound fundraising achievements.  Rachael is also a Governor of Lord Wandsworth College, Hampshire (a Foundation School supporting children who have lost the support of a parent), and a Trustee of the Windsor Learning Partnership (a Multi Academy Trust for State Schools in Windsor & Maidenhead). Rachael’s role in all of these charities is to support strategic development, governance, fundraising and communications.  

Laura Lee - Trustee

Laura is CEO of Maggie’s. She worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Edinburgh, where she gave chemotherapy to Maggie Keswick Jencks, Laura shared Maggie’s vision of a cancer support centre housed in a non-clinical and uplifting environment where anybody affected by cancer could visit to access practical information, psychological and emotional support to help them build a life beyond a cancer diagnosis. There are now a network of 26 centres with plans for future centres both in the UK and overseas. In 2016 Laura was awarded a Honorary Degree of Doctor from Queen Margaret University. In 2019 Laura was awarded a Damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to people with cancer.

Laura is new to the sport but as a neighbour is keen to assist in growing and developing the support for young people through learning to row.

Jason Swettenham - Trustee

Jason is the Head of Prison Industries, Catering, Retail and Physical Education in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. He is a champion of using sport as a catalyst to open opportunities for the most disadvantaged in our communities. Jason is a co-founder; alongside our own Steve O’Connor and Imogen Walsh of the groundbreaking 'Boats Not Bars' prisons programme and is keen to support the club in extending the reach of the sport to all members of our community.   

Jason recently learned to row at FRBC and the eldest of his four girls is a member of the J14 Race Group. 

James Barlow - Trustee

James was appointed as a trustee on 16 March 2018.  He is a Chief Surveyor at St George PLC, Developer of the Fulham Reach scheme, which delivered the Fulham Reach Boat Club under its Section 106 agreement with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.  He has been involved in all production aspects of the Fulham Reach scheme since it was started by St George, including being based full-time on the site for the first five years of its development.  As such he was actively involved in the construction and delivery of the Fulham Reach Boat Club building itself.  He has worked for St George in a Quantity Surveying role since joining the company in March 2007 and has overseen all commercial activities for one operating company since May 2017.

James provides guidance to the CEO and other trustees on business strategy, cost, and risk related matters, with his surveying background.

He enjoys spending his spare time exploring Hammersmith and the local river banks by foot as a long-standing resident of the borough


Donations welcome

As a registered charity we welcome donations from individuals and businesses alike. Please visit our donations page to find out more.

Great memberships

Members are provided with access to the finest boats, rowing machines and club room as well as all club social events.

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