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OUBC Women



Tom Mackintosh


Oriel College

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James Mason

Neuroscience MSc, St Hugh's College



Annie Anezakis

Graduate Entry Medicine

Pembroke College

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Vicky Fletcher

BA English Language and Literature (Course II), Exeter College


Chief Operating Officer - Interim

Robin Bourne-Taylor

Robin has recently joined the OUBC as an interim operational lead. Robin rowed for Oxford in four Boat Races, winning in 2002, 2003 and as President in 2005. He also competed in Team GB at the Athens and Beijing Olympics. After rowing he joined the British Army where he was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for his leadership in Afghanistan. Since the military he has led a number of dynamic global businesses, including the role of Managing Director Right to Dream, a world-leading elite football academy in Ghana. At Right to Dream Robin ran the academy as well being part of a small executive team responsible for all commercial & media partnerships, a Danish Superliga Club and charities in the US and UK. Robin currently has his own business with another former OUBC President, Ben Burch, that supports the Military and Veterans' community in the UK.



Mark Fangen-Hall

Mark joins the OUBC in July 2024. Mark’s career includes roles at Cambridge University Boat Club from 2001-2005 and subsequently, chief coach of Queen’s University Belfast for men and women.  He followed his time in Northern Ireland with a similar role for Mercantile Rowing Club in Australia.  He then moved to Canberra as a senior coach for Rowing Australia where he worked across both the lightweight and women’s programmes, including as coach of the Australian Women’s Eight at the Olympic Games in Rio. Mark's most recent role is the Coach of the Eight at Eton College and one of the coaching team for the GB U23 programme.



Brendan Gliddon

Brendan joined OUBC in 2018 having previously coached on the Thames Tideway at Westminster School and Imperial College London. He is originally from South Africa where he was head of rowing at the University of Cape Town and SA College School. He is an International Rowing Umpire and has coached U23 and FISU teams for South Africa and Great Britain, winning a gold medal in the Men's Eight again in 2023.

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Allan French

Allan joined OUBC as Women's Head Coach in December 2023 from his role as Head of Rowing at Reading Blue Coat school. Before this he was Women’s Head Coach at Oxford Brookes University from 2012 to 2018 where during this time the programme was made a GB High Performance Centre for Women’s Rowing and Allan coached crews to multiple domestic and national titles. In 2016 Allan coached the GB Women’s Four to a bronze medal at the FISU World University Championships, the U23 Lightweight Women’s Quad to fifth place at the 2017 U23 World Championships and coached the GB Women’s Eight to a fourth place finish at the 2018 U23 World Championships.



James Powell

James has been the Women's Assistant Coach since 2018. After rowing at Oxford Brookes University, James’ rowing and coaching careers have led him to success across a number of national and international events. Beginning his coaching career in Oxford, he moved on to work in Sydney, with eleven of the twelve crews he helped to support winning medals, including five golds, at major national events. 



Harry Brightmore

Harry joins the OUBC coaching team full-time after the Paris Olympics where he will be working across all of our open, lightweight and development crews for both the men's and women's programmes. 


Harry brings a wealth of experience as a double European and World Champion cox of the British men’s eight, six-time Henley Royal Regatta winner and five-time Head of the River Race winner. Harry joins the OUBC following 11 years within high performance programmes at GB Rowing and Oxford Brookes University .

Admin, Management & Welfare



Austen Dorey

Austen started at OUBC in 2012. He was brought up on the River Thames and has been building and restoring boats since he could hold a chisel. He has developed an enviable skill base and is widely regarded as one of the finest boatmen in the country. Prior to joining OUBC, Austen was boatman of Shiplake College for twelve years and Abingdon School for three years.



Diana Mountain

Diana rowed for Oxford in the early years of the women's lightweights, becoming involved again with the club in 2014 as OUWLRC Treasurer before taking over the central finance role for OUBC in 2020. She balances the books rather than a boat these days, fitting this around her various finance roles within the hospitality industry.



Catherine Tomkies

Catherine is a Gold Accredited Sports Physiotherapist with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine, with over 20 years' experience. She was the Lead TASS Physiotherapist for Oxford, looking after a variety of younger athletes in Olympic sports including GB Under 23 and Catherine worked as a physiotherapist at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, the 2022 Commonwealth Games and Team GB HQ at the World Winter Student Games. Since 2015, Catherine has worked for the AELTC covering the Wimbledon Championships each year. After four years with OUWBC  from 2013-2016, we are delighted that Catherine has returned to OUBC in 2023 to work with the women athletes again.

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Gareth Nicholas

Gareth joined OUBC as the performance nutritionist working alongside the boat club and the wider Blues Performance Scheme at Oxford University. Having graduated with an MSc in Human Performance and with a post graduate IOC diploma in Sports Nutrition, Gareth has combined a 15-year career in commercial sports nutrition with being a performance nutrition practitioner.


As an SENR registered nutritionist, Gareth has worked across a number of team and individual sports but more recently leading the support for GB Rowing in both Olympic and Paralympic squads. His passion is delivering periodised and personalised nutritional strategies that focus on energy requirements and deliver performance. 

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Caroline Bramhall-Clay

Caroline joined us in 2017 and took over the administration of OUBC in 2018, liaising with athletes, coaches, the support team and the organisers behind the Boat Race. Before moving into the rowing world, Caroline worked at The Football Association for nine years, working across both the men and women’s youth teams, and with the England Senior Women’s team for five years.



Filipe Salbany

Filipe is both an expert beekeeper and an elite sports performance coach. He uses Critical Power concepts, scaling models, performance characteristics combined with Heart Rate training data to assess, modify and impact optimal performance. The work involves extensive lactate analysis to quantify ergometer/boat HR data to provide an optimal training stimulus adapted for each athlete.

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Tiahan Eeles

Tiahan has been a strength and conditioning coach for over 15 years, graduating with an MSc in 2010. He has led the physical preparation of all Blues Performance teams and elite athletes at Oxford University since 2020.


Prior to his time at Oxford he led programmes within universities, for semi-professional and professional club environments, including premier league football clubs working with academy prospects to international athletes. Being a member of OUBC is a challenge like no other, he particularly enjoys building a successful environment for our high performing student-athletes to thrive both on the water and academically.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee exists to support the President in the running of the Club

Chairperson – Anna Troup

Senior Member – Regius Professor Sir John Bell

Treasurer – Nick Brodieowed 


BRCL Representative – Sara Kushna

BRCL Representative – Seb Pearce

Committee Member – Lynton Richmond

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