The Team

Steve O'Connor - Chief Executive Officer

Steve has been involved with FRBC from its very beginnings in 2013.  He was responsible for delivery of the original development plan, submitted to the local council, which led to the creation of FRBC.  Following this Steve now works with the Board to ensure that charitable aims of FRBC are delivered on an annual basis as well as planning and fundraising for the long-term future of the club.  Steve spent a number of years competing with the prestigious London Rowing Club where he was elected Captain in 2011 and also went on to win three National Championships.

Yolande Joubert - Chief Operating Officer

Yolande joined the team in 2018 after numerous years working in large international sporting events. She is also a qualified accountant but likes to keep that very quiet.

Yolande is new to rowing after spending a lifetime of going forwards in boats rather than backwards.

Imogen Walsh - Prisons Manager

Imogen took up rowing at university, a hobby that, after finishing her degree and working for a Scottish based development charity, then became a full-time occupation, as a member of the GB Rowing Team from 2011-2016. What followed was various coaching roles around the world, before deciding to use her coaching skills for a broader social and physical well-being objective. In 2019, Imogen joined FRBC to head up our prisons rowing project "Boats Not Bars”. 

Julia Philipson - Fundraising Manager


Julia has spent many days and early mornings along the riverbank watching her children row. Seeing both great state school and club rowing in action and experiencing first hand the difference rowing can make, she jumped at the chance to join FRBC! With a background in fundraising and a passion for cimmunities, Julia is eager to make a difference to our charitable reach.

Georgia Francis - Head Adult Coach

Georgia started rowing in 2011 at Pangbourne College having come from a multi sport background. After she complete school in 2013, Georgia  joined Imperial College Boat Club, along side studying nutrition at St Mary's University. After moving to London it was onwards and upwards for Georgia  including a sliver medal at U23's British Championships in 2014, winning Women's Henley in W2x and joining the GB national team in 2016. She has also competed in many events on the Tideway such as WeHORR and the Wingfield Sculls. Georgia joined the Fulham Reach Boat Club team in March 2018 and has been loving it ever since!

Will Hetherington - Head Junior Coach

Will started rowing at age 16 as he worked towards getting into the school first eight, similar to his dad - something that was often reminded to him! Will then continued his rowing while he studied sport science at Kingston University.

After several years training fulltime at Molesey Boat Club, Will turned his attention to coaching after working the Molesey juniors. An opportunity to help build a rowing programme at Wimbledon High Schoool enabled Will to gain experience working across different squads and create a competitive programme for the school.

Will has also coached in Australia at Sydney Rowing Club.

Will is excited to be leading the juniors at Fulham Reach and working with the various outreach programmes to inspire others to be a passionate about the sport that has given so much to him.

When not on the river, Will can be found drinking coffee or attempting to surf!

Alastair Horn - Boathouse Manager

Alastair first took up rowing in 1999 as a member of Staines BC. In 2003 his eldest, Matilda joined Eton Excelsior RC it was at this point he started coaching. Since 2012 he has been the DoR and Junior Head Coach at Eton Excelsior RC. He has coached junior crews to wins at the Fullers Fours Head, Pairs Head, Home International Regatta, National Schools Regatta, British Rowing Championships as well as Coupe de la Jeunesse and GB France match. For fourteen years he has seen how the sport transforms children’s lives and in many cases paves the way for their career choices. Having gone through the state school system in the North East, he has immediately bought into the FRBC’s mission statement. 

Alastair continues to coach the Fulham Reach juniors as well as his role as Boathouse Manager.

Allan Munro-Faure - Coach

Allan has been rowing since the age of 12, firstly coxing at Eton Excelsior Rowing Club with his first tideway coxing experience at the mens eight head. Shortly after he rowed and was club captain at Windsor Boys School and Oxford Brooks.  After university he joined London RC and represented them at Henley a number of times.  Now a life member there, he mainly sculls but has also branched out into a fixed seat Thames cutter for the annual 26 mile Great River Race with the Tallow Chandlers for the last few years.  He is an active sailor and sailing instructor as well as a powerboat 2 instructor.  He started coaching 4 years ago with a strong desire to encourage and bring this sport to the reach of all.

Andrew Doughty - Coach

Andrew took up rowing in autumn 2018 at Fulham Reach Boat Club after been inspired by his son's love of rowing. With excellent coaching, he progressed quickly and within a few months of the Learn to Row course, was training in a single scull, joined the race crew, rowed a 42km Tideway marathon, competed in the 2019 Head of the River and won a pot at the 2019 Putney Town Regatta (2x Masters). By the end of 2019, Andrew began gathering qualifications for coaching, including powerboat licence, first aid and safeguarding. The pandemic interrupted progress so it took until 2021 to gain his British Rowing coaching qualification.

Andrew enjoys coaching adults and juniors and is also active with the charity's fundraising activities.

He is often found single sculling (in good weather only!), talking about pilates or dreaming of sculling from Fulham Reach to Richmond Lock.

Andrew Eames - Coach

Andrew is a Henley finalist and Cambridge Trial Cap who has been coaching for many years at Tideway Scullers in Chiswick. His crews have won medals at National Schools and he was responsible for running the club's Alec Hodges Sculling Courses for a decade. It was in that capacity whilst trying to facilitate bursaries for the less privileged athletes that he first came to admire FRBC's ethos of "Rowing for All".

Darla Matthews - Coach

Currently studying Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London, Darla learned to row at Latymer Upper School when she was 13. Having won medlas at Schools Head of the River and National Schools Regatta, she went on to compete and win gold for GB at the U16 Anglo French match. In her third and final attempt, she won the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

Darla is now training and competing at Thames RC in Putney, alongside her studies and coaching at FRBC.

Darla also likes to paint watercolour landscapes in her spare time.

Deryn Esterhuyse - Coach

Deryn has a wide range of coaching and racing experience, ranging from school rowing through to high performance racing.

Deryn was awarded the 2019 Fulham Reach Coach of the Year - well deserved recognition of her enthusiasm and dedication to coaching the next generation of rowers.

John Clay - Coach

After playing rugby to a high level at school John started rowing at Bath University where he was selected to be on the World Class Start Scheme. On leaving Bath he carried on rowing at Cambridge University and then at Leander Club. Whilst John was at Leander he started coaching at Eton Excelsior with Alastair Horn for 5 years. He left Eton Excelsior to work at Lady Eleanor Holles School. During his time at both clubs John coached crews  to national medals at every age group including winning championship VIIIs. He also had 14 juniors selected to represent Great Britain and numerous selected to represent England.

Leo Malim - Coach

Leo has been rowing from the age of 13 and enjoyed considerable success winning the Schools Head, National Schools Regatta and the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley. He also represented England at the Anglo French match and GB at the Coupe de la Jeunesse. Leo has a real passion for sharing his love of rowing and coaches across the spectrum at FRBC.  

Mark Starling - Coach

Mark began rowing in 1976 at Barn Elms Rowing Club. He has medalled at national level both in juniors and masters and also trialled for GB at J18. HIs career includes numerous domestic regatta and Head victories representing several clubs in the region. 

As a coach, Mark has over a decade of experience teaching both juniors and seniors from entry level through to race preparation.

Mark is particularly aware of the difficulties facing young people from challenged backgrounds and is committed to helping those trying to change and improve their lives. The FRBC mission closely aligns with his own beliefs regarding rehabiliation and reform.


Matilda Horn - Coach

Matilda learnt to row at the age of 11 at Eton Excelsior Rowing Club. Following the junior days she coached alongside rowing in the lightweight team at University of London Boat Club (ULBC) and completing a degree in Sport Rehabilitation at St Mary's University, Twickenham.

Matilda switched from rowing to coxing due to a back injury and went on to compete for ULBS and then the GB Rowing Team. She has competed in many events such as WeHORR, HORR, Henley Women's and Henley Royal.

Matilda competed in the GB Team for five years winning a few silver and bronze medals and culminating the competing in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Matilda has also continued to coach throughout this time having coached athletes at beginner level through to international level. She continues to coach at The American School in London alongside coaching all levels at Fulham Reach.

Matthew Brett - Coach

Matt started rowing when he was thirteen due to his lifelong passion for watersports and instantly began to love the sport. In the five years he rowed for Latymer Upper School, Matt represented the school many times at events such as Fours and Schools Head, National Schools Regatta and Henley Royal in the Princess Elizabeth twice and in 2018 reached the Friday. 

Having been a sailing instructor for 5 years Matt always wanted to have the opportunity to coach rowing and Fulham Reach is the perfect place for him to do that.



Patrick Beeley - Coach

Patrick started competing in rugby and sprinting at school at reached county level in both, with his home rugby club winning the Surrey League for three consecutive years. After changing schools, he became involved with rowing and became fully hooked making it sole sport ever since.

Patrick has won medals at National Schools, The Metropolitan and Ghent Regattas.

For the past eight years, he has been coaching with universities, schools and clubs.

Patrick also enjoys callligraphy and water colour painting.



Paul Gray - Coach

Paul was a late starter to the sport of rowing having learnt in his early 40's, but he quickly got hooked and now spends as much time as possible on the river. Paul enjoys passing on his love of rowing to newcomers, particularly those that wouldn't normally have access to this wonderful sport.

As well as coaching at Weybridge Rowing Club and Fulham Reach, Paul is active on the Masters racing circuit where he occasionally even snags a win - his most recent achievement being a silver medal in the Men's Pairs at the 2022 Masters Championships.


Saami Tajeddin - Coach

Saami attended Latymer Upper School where he started rowing in 2014 and this quickly became his first and only passion. He continued for five years and competed in many races, with victories including Burway Head and Hammersmith Regatta. While he has retired from racing at the moment, he can still be occasionally seen flying up the Tideway in The Coaches Quad.

Saami has a keen interest in finance and interior design and has big plans for the FRBC Christmas decorations this year!

Tim Koch - Coach

Tim has spent much of the last thirty years on the Thames, either rowing, sculling, coxing or coaching. Off the water, he is a rowing historian, writer, and photographer, covering events such as the University Boat Race and Henley. He is a former Captain of Auriol Kensington Rowing Club and he organised Hammersmith Regatta for over ten years. In his time at Auriol Kensington, Tim safely taught a very large number of people to row on the demanding waters of the tidal Thames, something that he now does as part of the Fulham Reach team.

Tom Roberts - Coach

Tom has been rowing on Thames for many years and has enjoyed competing in local and national events. He now focusses on coaching alongside his photography studies.

Tom also enjoys origami and collecting antique coins.

Tracy Corbett - Coach

Tracy is passionate about all sport, and represented Wales as a Junior and Senior in lightweight rowing. In 2006 Tracy achieved a Commonwealth bronze medal in the ltw 2- , followed by 3 times gold medals at Henley Regatta and numerous National Champion and International wins in the ltw coxless 4-. In 2008 Tracy decided to switch her focus from rowing and concentrate more on road racing. In 2009, Tracy was lucky enough to join the first Rapha Condor Women’s race cycling team in London. The team of 8 competed Nationally and Internationally and 2 of the team went on to represent Great Britain alongside Olympic medalist Nicole Cooke’s Team in Belgium. Tracy is a qualified Level 3 REPS personal trainer / sports massage therapist / cycling / rowing coach with over 25 years of experience in the fitness world. A First-Aider and CRB approved. 

Tyrone Delaney - Coach

Tyrone started Rowing at school in Johannesburg, South Africa when he was 12. He was terrible but loved the sport from the beginning. Tyrone continued when he moved to Cape Town at age 16 and preferred the single then. He won U16 national champs in the single in 2004, in 2005 he managed to get selected for the junior South African team in the coxed 4 and  won u19 National champs in the single in 2006. Tyrone continued Rowing at the University of Cape Town and began coaching then too. Since then he has been head coach at Bishops College, South African College High School and University of Cape Town and coached The South African Universities team in 2014. Two years ago he stopped coaching to focus on his career and studies. Since then Tyrone moved to the UK and missed rowing too much to stay away so has continued coaching at FRBC.

Mel Brown - Coach

Mel has been heavily involved in sports from before she could walk. Wanting a break from martial arts and wanting to do something on the water as a part of a team, Mel entered the world of rowing as an adult in 2015 looking for a new sporting adventure in a team environment.

Diving head first in to the Sons of the Thames Senior Squad, Mel has been lucky enough to race at Henley Womens Regatta every year in a variety of boats with some very inspiring ladies. 

Previously coaching in kickboxing, boxing and horse riding, it was a natural step to coach rowing. Having seen FRBC develop and grow over the last few years, it was obvious to Mel that she needed to be involved, so that was the place to go.

Learning as an adult has been instrumental in Mel’s development as a coach giving her a different perspective, especially when teaching other adults new to the sport.

FRBC gave Mel an opportunity to develop as a coach and a rower and she is passionate about providing that opportunity to everyone who stands still for long enough.  She whole heartedly supports the work that the club and coaches do, providing opportunities to tomorrow’s world, not only on the water, but helping them see the opportunities to take, and skills to learn that are everywhere and in every day.


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