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.

Jonny Ambrose - Trustee

Jonny is MD at a marketing agency that specialises in market research, advertising campaigns and communications. He has spent his career in marketing for a wide range of organisations from blue chips to consultancies. 

Jonny is still a keen rower himself and is a Founder of The Fulham Boys School. He believes passionately in better choice and quality of children’s education and in the lifelong health and wellbeing benefits that great physical education brings for children and young people.  

He became a trustee in 2017.

Francesca Jus-Burke - Trustee

Francesca is a corporate lawyer at Ince.  She first got involved in rowing in 2000 through “Project Oarsome”, a British Rowing scheme aimed at getting state school children into the sport and went on medal at the Junior and Under 23 World Rowing Championships. After “hanging up her oars”, she went on to work as a rowing coach for Putney High School and Barn Elms Boat Club, and as a tutor and assessor for British Rowing, so has long been involved in the sport.

Francesca previously worked for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust a charity supporting disadvantaged young people, and is a founding member of Ince & Co’s reconstituted CSR committee, through which she coordinates the firm’s CSR delivery programme.

Recognising the life experiences which emanated from that chance school assembly in 2000, she joined the board of Fulham Reach in 2017 because she firmly believes in its core principle that the potential of young people can be unlocked through rowing.

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

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.  

Claire Hammond - Trustee


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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