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.
Captain - Matthew Cummings
Matt is a New Zealand national who started rowing in NZ at the age of 13 as a way to lose some weight. Rowing for Petone Rowing Club in NZ he then moved onto Vancouver Rowing Club in Canada and now onto London Rowing Club at the end of 2014 where he is also a Resis. Matt works full time in the Construction Industry as a Quantity Surveyor while also training and racing with the senior squad.
Chairman - Robert Downie
Bob started his rowing career at Emanuel School before being invited to join the LRC Lightweight Squad by Ron Needs. While in the LRC Lightweight Eight he won the Head of the River Race, the Thames Challenge Cup at HRR and the Lightweight Eights at the World Championships in 1978 and the Lightweight Eights at the World Championships again in 1980. Between 2007 and 2013 he regularly coached the LRC Mens’ Senior Squad but has now retired from coaching.
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 14 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
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) - Charles Dunlop-Cunnington
Hon House Steward (Building) - 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.
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 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.
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.
Having rowed fishing boats around for his father in the West of Ireland as a boy he took up the purer form when he reached 60 in 2010. Having done a Learn to Row course at Barn Elms he was lucky enough to be accepted into the " Irregulars " at LRC a year later. He now represents the " Irregulars " on the Committee and is also involved with the Club's Learn to Row programme and welcoming new recreational members to the club. He enjoys taking part in Head races although without any success - however his enthusiasm for the sport and for introducing it to others remains undimmed.
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.
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.