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Committee Members' Profiles

President - Mike Baldwin

Mike started rowing from the Club in 1960 with City of London School and joined the Club in 1962. He was then at Oxford for four years, being Captain and then President of Trinity College Boat Club. Having been on the LRC Committee since 1971, Mike was elected Captain in 1975. Mike obtaining his umpire’s licence in 1977, and subsequently his FISA licence in 1982. At various times Mike was in charge of the umpiring both at the Met and at the National Championships, subsequently becoming Chairman of both events. He umpired the World Cup regatta at Lucerne, the World Championships in Indianapolis and the Olympics in Atlanta. He was elected a Henley Steward in 1995. He was Chairman of the Head of the River committee for a number of years, and was subsequently Treasurer. He was Chairman of the Committee organising the World Rowing Championships at Dorney in 2006, and Chairman of the Organising Committee for the World Cup regatta there in 2005. Mike was elected President in 2015, after serving as Vice President for 15 years.

Vice President - Mike Williams

Mike joined LRC in 1974 and was Captain in 1977 and 1978. He was Treasurer of the Club from 1980 to 1990 and President from 2005 to 2015. He has been a member of the Committee since 1976. He is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and Treasurer, and an Executive Committee member, of FISA, the International Rowing Federation. Having recently stepped down from the Board of British Rowing, which he served at different times as Treasurer and then Chair of the Finance Committee, after 25 years, he was elected an Honorary Life Vice President. He coxed Cambridge to victory in the 1973 Boat Race. Now retired, his last employment was as Chief Risk Officer of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Vice President - Ben Helm

Ben started his rowing on the Union Canal in Edinburgh at George Heriot’s School. He continued at Edinburgh University and moved to the Tideway in 1986.  He initially he rowed at Thames Tradesmen before moving to London when Robin Williams started his tenure as club coach in 1991. His international career spanned from 1993 to 1996, in the lightweight eight and four.  He is an Investment Manager with GAM International, married to a former Oxford University lightweight and has three children.  He is a FISA Umpire and is also on the Committees of the British Rowing Championships, Schools Head of the River and the Metropolitan Regatta. Ben was Club Chairman from 2012 until 2016.  He was elected a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta in 2016. 

Captain - Tim Grant

Tim began rowing in 2008, LRC is his first and only club.  A latecomer to the sport, Tim learnt to row under the tutelage of Paul Reedy. An indoor rowing competition whilst in Afghanistan with the British Army flagged some potential for speed, and the opportunity to learn came when Tim left the army and moved to London. Tim  has reached the final of Henley twice and won elite 4+ at the Met Regatta.  Within the role as Honorary House Steward, Tim is focused on proactive maintenance of the building to offer the best possible club facility for members, and continues to drive the improvement of strength and conditioning facilities.

Hon. Secretary - Jeremy Hudson

Jeremy started rowing at Cambridge, where he captained Churchill College Boat Club.  He joined LRC in 1974 and served on the Committee as editor of the Club newsletter from 1979 to 1990.  He re-joined the Committee in 2011 and has been Secretary since 2012. He is editor of the Club’s website.  For the past 15 years he has rowed with the Veterans’ Group.  He qualified as an umpire in 2002, holds a multi-lane licence, and has served on the Thames Regional Umpires’ Committee since 2006. He is Chief Marshal of the Head of the River Race and a Vice-President of Kingston Regatta.  He practises as a solicitor in the City of London.

Asst. Hon. Secretary - Christopher Grainger

Christopher joined LRC in 1966, and was a resident in 1968-9.  He competed at what was then Junior-Senior level with some success in 1969 and 1971.  Family and work responsibilities then removed him from the scene until 2004 since when he has been rowing regularly with the Veterans’ Group.  He has been on the Committee since retiring from practice as a solicitor in 2005.  He assists the Secretary with back-office responsibilities, in particular the membership database.

Hon Treasurer - Jason Gray

Jason started coxing whilst at Brisbane Boys College, Australia.  Relocating to London in 2009 after a number of years in New York and Singapore, he joined LRC in 2010.  In 2013 he joined the committee as Hon House Steward (Functions) and held this position until 2015 when he became the Club's Treasurer.  He has 19 years of finance experience, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, having trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers, before taking on various finance roles within BHP Billiton and his current role as Head of Treasury & Risk for a natural resources hedge fund in Mayfair.  Jason is the Club's representative at and committee member of the Remenham Club, together being the Entries Secretary for the Met Regatta.  Away from rowing he enjoys three day eventing.

Hon House Steward (Functions) - Jason Danciger

Jason is no stranger to water both underneath as a dive-master teaching scuba diving and on top as a coastal skipper. Jason now prefers skimming along the surface with the Irregulars. In his spare time from a career in food and restaurants Jason instructed and coached sports in the local community for over a decade. Jason is also a L2R instructor with British Rowing, lives in Putney and was inspired to row by athletes whilst he headed up hospitality at Team GB house during Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.

Hon House Steward (Building) - Josh McInerney

Josh started rowing at Nottingham Trent University where he was responsible for the social side of the club before being Captain in his final year.  He joined London in 2009 following his Tideway Qualification year at Vesta RC. He has trained at the highest level and competed in multiple Henley campaigns as well as scoring several wins at the Boustead Cup. His work as an Assistant Head teacher at a London comprehensive has taken the time required for full time squad training but he still trains within the senior squad during the winter season. Within the role as Honorary House Steward, Josh is focused on proactive maintenance of the building to offer the best possible club facility for members.

Committee members:

Kathleen Curran

Kathleen became inspired to row after watching races in the London 2012 Olympics at Dorney Lake. Soon after, an article in The Daily Telegraph about initiatives to help to form a legacy following London 2012 informed her of clubs running Learn to Row Courses. She was welcomed into the Irregulars Group and the following year(s) became an organiser for the LTR programme.  She, along with Eddie Markes, represents the Irregulars and Young Irregulars on the Committee and is the organiser for the Young Irregulars Group. She is an avid supporter of LRC, and on race days you will find her on Hammersmith Bridge and the 250 mark at Dorney Lake wearing LRC colours and shouting "Go London".

Ciarán Hayes

Ciarán started rowing in Skibbereen Rowing Club in West Cork winning a number of national titles and representing Ireland as a junior. He then attended the University of Oxford rowing for Isis in 2003, and racing at the U23 World Championships in 2003 and 2004. He joined London Rowing Club in 2005, where he rowed in the 1st VIII at the HoRR. He served as captain for the 2008-09 season and retired from high level rowing in 2011. He has subsequently qualified as an umpire. 

Joshua Meredith

Joshua came to rowing fairly late, learning to row at Twickenham RC in 2012/13 after moving from Wiltshire.  Having competed in his first Henley regatta with Twickenham he wanted to race at a higher level and made the jump to London Rowing Club in 2014 and has since represented London in 3 Henley campaigns. Joshua works full time for the Advertising Standards Authority as a complaints executive dealing with troublesome advertisements. 

Luis Orozco

Luis Orozco started his novice season in 2004 at Upper Canada College in Toronto and graduated in 2009, winning silver in the Lwt and Open 8+ at CSSRA in 2008. He went to McGill University from 2009-2013, where he won the Queen’s/McGill Boat Race in 2010. He used his last year of eligibility at the University of Michigan in 2013, after which he continued to row at the Ann Arbor Rowing Club as the recipient of their Student Scholarship until 2015. He rowed for Argonauts Rowing Club in Toronto in 2005-2006, for the Don Rowing Club of Mississauga in 2007-2008, placing second in the Flyweight 4- at Canadian Henley in 2007, and for Lausanne Sport Aviron, Switzerland, in 2014. He joined LRC in 2015, raced the Thames Cup in 2016, and won Most Improved Oarsman in 2017. Luis is working toward architectural accreditation in the State of New York, and comes to the Committee to help complete the new Gym, and out of love for his club.

Richard Philips

Richard started his competitive rowing whilst still at school in Devon. He joined LRC in 1973 and his first full season with the club was 1975/1976. During the following fifteen seasons he progressed from the club novice squad to the top club boats and GB trials. He has competed in five of the events at HRR including the Double Sculls and the Diamonds. He served three years as club captain and, apart from a couple of years, has been on the club committee since 1988.   Since 1991 he has been a coach at the club and has also coached England and GB crews. In addition to coaching at the club, he is a member of the Thames Regional Rowing Council and sits on the National Coaching Commission. He is a multi-lane umpire and is on the committee of the Fours Head and Marlow Regatta.

Miles Preston

Miles started rowing when he was ten but didn’t compete until he went to Shrewsbury in 1963. There he ended up rowing in the first eight, competing in the PE cup at Henley in 1967 and 1968. He was selected to represent the Country at the FISA World Youth Regatta , coming third to the East German and West German Crews. He then went on to row for what was then the Leander Cadet Squad, winning the Thames Cup in 1969 and  1970. He was in the National Squad in 1971 and 1972 but rowed for Leander in the Grand and Prince Philip in 1971, losing, in the former, in the semi-finals to the eventual winners Tideway Scullers, and to a University of London crew in the final, in the latter. He was in the Olympic Squad in 1972 but did not go to the Games. He coached the Leander Thames Cup crews in 1977 and 1978 and served on the Leander Committee at that time. In 2016, following his retirement from the law, he decided to focus his efforts on his two hobbies of rowing and classic cars, and joined LRC in pursuit of the former.

Bob Silver

Bob started his rowing career on the River Taff in 1992 at Llandaff Rowing Club, and enjoyed a stint as their Vice-Captain. He moved to London in 1995 to study at the University of London and rowed for a year at Lea Rowing Club. When he moved south of the river he joined Kingston Rowing Club, and then joined London Rowing Club in 1999. He has competed for London in the Thames and Visitors Challenge Cups. He is a Creative Director, is married to a former international oarswoman and they live near Putney Common with their two children and dog. Bob is the Club's kit officer and also helps look after the younger Veterans.