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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 an employment and corporate lawyer at Ince & Co LLP.  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.

Mark Alloway - Trustee

After 24 years working with International Finance Corporation or IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group in Washington DC, Mark Alloway is now an independent consultant with financial sector and climate related assignments in several emerging markets. Prior to joining IFC in 1993, Mark worked for eight years as a Petroleum Engineer in Venezuela, Brazil and the UK, followed by five years in private equity with one of the UK’s leading development capital companies.  He holds a degree in Physics from Oxford University, a post-graduate degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.  He also attended an executive MBA programme at Harvard Business School.

Mark has been a keen rower for almost 50 years.  He rowed for the Oxford University ISIS crew in 1976 and was a Henley Royal Regatta winner in 1986.  He is a qualified British Rowing coach and continues to compete at masters level (for the older rowers), wining regattas in several countries most frequently with an old school friend who lives in the USA. He therefore firmly believes in the benefits of rowing for all ages, and he hopes that many of the young people who learn to row at Fulham Reach will continue enjoying the sport throughout their lives, whether competitively or recreationally.

Rachael Henshilwood - Trustee

A proud state educated girl Rachael has experienced first hand the access limitations to many school children throughout the country and is delighted to be working with Fulham Reach to address this.  With nearly 15 years experience of fundraising in the education space for leading independent schools and charities in both the UK and Australia Rachael brings a wealth of knowledge in the communications, marketing and fundraising space.  Rachael was also a Junior International rower and has stayed very close to the sport through her husband Alex (ex GB lightweight rower and International Junior Coach with nine Henley medals to his name including six Princess Elizabeth medals).

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

Matt Bostock - Trustee

Matt is the Managing Director of St George Developments who are the developer responsible for Fulham Reach. Matt was involved with the acquisition of the site and negotiating the S106 agreement with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham which established the opportunity for a community boat club on site. Since then he has been involved throughout the establishment of the club and has been a trustee since 04 April 2014. 

As a representative of the developer, Matt assists the club in delivering against its strategic plan by ensuring the boat club is operated transparently and makes best use of funding via the drawdown of S106 monies. Matt also ensures that the boat club remains a good neighbour to the many residents and other businesses who are part of the Fulham Reach development!

Matt joined St George in 2005 becoming a Chartered Surveyor in 2008. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family and actively participating in all sports when he has a free moment!

Donations welcome

As a registered charity we welcome donations from individuals and businesses alike. Please visit our just Giving page to donate.

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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