Management Board

Management Board 2020/21

Active engagement of all members with the Management Board is critical: please get in touch to offer your help in the areas that excite you. All of these roles need support to share the load and to ensure that you have a say in how things are done. Below, you will be able to find all the points of contact and the remit for each role.


David Rainbow Star Rowing Club Chairman and acting TreasurerDavid Rainbow

Spokesperson and representative of the Club on business matters. Responsible for effective and compliant operation of Star Club through the Management Board and in close liaison with the broader membership. Ensures an annual operating plan and budget is devised and delivered in the context of an agreed strategy.


Club Captain

Dave Kempsell

Spokesperson and representative of the Club on rowing matters. Ensures rowers’ safety through assurance that all are correctly and comprehensibly briefed about the Club’s rules and requirements. Builds on rowing performance and encourages the ambitions and aims of all members in a harmonious environment. Makes the best use of the current boats and oars, reviewing equipment utilization and boat sharing arrangements on a regular basis. Establishes and develops a new entrant programme and development pathway for their progression. Oversees maintenance of Club boats, oars and other equipment (including ergos and gym) in optimum condition.

Junior Liaison


Dani Tucker

Ensures that the Junior Squad’s ideas and good practice are factored into broader Club planning. Participates in and advises on how best to leverage and integrate with other squads within the Club.


Club Secretary
Liz Appleton Star Rowing Club Secretary
Liz Appleton / Janet Williams (Joint)

Oversees Star Club’s governance and compliance with the Club’s Constitution. Facilitates effective organization of meetings and ensures the management, control and archiving of Club documentation.



Guyon Bedward

Ensures the integrity of all Financial matters relating to Star Club. Facilitates the agreement of an annual budget and reports actual performance to the Management Board to aid decision making. Prepares annual Financial Statements at year end. Makes statutory returns (including VAT). Ensures appropriate insurance of premises and equipment and the management of claims.



David Dixon

A new role for 2020 to ensure the club operates in a ‘risk-aware’ fashion to protect members, public and club assets. Oversees identification and management of all forms of risk for the management board and subsidiary committees.  A particular focus in the current year is ensuring that we follow British Rowing and governmental guidance relating to Covid compliance.

Welfare and Safeguarding

Lisa Thomson Star Rowing Club Welfare Officer
Lisa Thomson

Ensures that the Club complies with legislation, adheres to good practice and adopts British Rowing’s guidelines with regard to all aspects of welfare and safeguarding, with special reference to juniors and vulnerable adults. Also, that members understand Club policy and their obligations in the area of welfare and safeguarding.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Andy Chillingsworth

This is a new role for 2021 reflecting the club’s desire to broaden the awareness of rowing to a more diverse community.  The ambition is to work with both local and national bodies and help the club become a more inclusive participant in the local community.



Andrew Thomson

Oversees maintenance and servicing of the premises; refurbishment in-line with an agreed programme plan; organization of repairs where necessary. This includes oversight of premises cleaning. Responsible for intruder alarm system and also the CCTV, external lighting, heating and ventilation systems. Documents procedures and compliance with them (including Health and Safety). Maintains a register of key holders and oversees emergency call-out rota.


Event Management and Fundraising


Simon White / Ian Donald (Joint)

Oversees management and delivery of all club rowing and social events, working with the cafe franchise holder.  Co-ordinates club fundraising activities and grant applications, including working closely with our sponsors and supporters.  Plans Star Club regattas and head races working with an extensive support team and voluntary effort on the day from all Club members. Liaises with the Club Captain to determine appropriate additional events, resourced through separate teams.


David Gowing (Interim)

Oversees all matters relating to club membership, including maintaining membership portal, helping new joiners and co-ordinating the annual membership renewal process (our membership year runs from 1 September to 31 August).


Alex Totty

Develops and delivers an effective communications strategy, to deliver motivational and profile-building news stories and informative content. Manage day to day aspects of Communications and PR, including web,  social media and print.