Our Committee

Mark Syrett

Trustee, Interim Chair & Cox

Mark is a committee member with responsibility for being part of the fundraising team specifically with the writing of funding bids.

He has previously been an Operations Manager for a large Apprentice training charity, worked for a local land-based College and also been a Farmer, commodity trader as well as serving a few years in the Royal Marines.

Mark is also a Cox, who does race and adventure rows when the weather warms up.


Mark Beaumont


Mark is a life long resident, local businessmen and family man mixed with a real zest for social entrepreneurship and a love of people. He loves seeing communities build and grow exciting, social and inclusive things together. With his experience of many start ups, local community, government and business connections he got involved to found the club and help ensure success at the initial phases. He loves it because it really helps keeping in touch with the local community. He is passionate about Newhaven having life really breathed into it and because he loves the sea and wants to row to help keep fit.

Rachel Beardsworth

Publicity Officer and Cox

Rachel is not only the Publicity Officer for NGRC, she was also the first person to complete our cox in training program. Rachel grew up in the local area and is loving the fact that there now is something so positive in Newhaven that gets people out onto the water (she has always been a water baby!!). Rachel has Media, Drama and Business qualifications. She hopes to gain Rowing qualifications in Coaching too. Rachel also is a keen Bonfire member and can be found dressing as a pirate during the autumn months.



Caroline Dean

Finance Officer and Cox

Caroline was born in Newhaven and has raised her family here. She has been a Foster Carer for nearly 20 years and has looked after many children during this time.

She joined NGRC in February 2017 and quickly became addicted to the sport. She has helped fund raise and promote the club and has recently taken on the role of Treasurer alongside Tracy Day.

Caroline has taken part in the Coxswain training run by the club’s trained coaches and became fully qualified at the start of 2018.


Kate Masey

Membership officer

Kate grew up in Newhaven and has recently returned after living in Devon for many years. She is a registered dietitian and works at the local hospital in Brighton.

She has always enjoyed living by the sea and is a keen runner, swimmer, paddle boarder and is now in love with rowing too! She became a member of NGRC in 2019 with her sister Jane.

Kate believes that NGRC is wonderful for bringing people together to exercise, meet new people and share good times. She is passionate about ensuring that members old and new can aim to get the best out of themselves and the club.


Jane Masey

Welfare officer

Jane grew up in Newhaven and has recently returned here, after many years living and working in London and Madrid. She started rowing in 2019 after spotting the gig out at sea, while running along Seaford seafront!

Jane prefers being on the water to being in it – she is a keen and experienced sailor and volunteer launch authority at Newhaven Lifeboat.

She wants to see Newhaven firmly on the map for its unique opportunities to get out on the water.


Christina Cosgrove

Committee Secretary

Christina grew up in Hastings and moved to Brighton in her twenties, so has always enjoyed living by the sea.

She has worked in administrative and secretarial roles in different companies including engineering and food industries.  She has also worked in the voluntary sector with animals, including a vet liaison for a cat charity, a sheep ‘lookerer’ for the council and a dog walker for The Cinnamon Trust charity.

She stumbled across NGRC by chance, fell in love with rowing and wants to share her passion with others and make rowing more inclusive.


Phil Thompson

Boson and Health & Safety Officer


Phil’s a Seaford resident with a love of all things nautical, a keen sailor who’s discovered rowing and can’t get enough! Formerly spent 30 years in the Fire Service in Brighton, and latterly was Fire Safety Manager in the H&S Dept at University of Brighton.

As Bosun, he looks after the routine maintenance of the gigs and equipment. He shares the H & S role with Dex Allen. Phil’s interests outside of rowing include walking with his dog and singing (not at the same time, though he has been known to row and sing!)


Tracy Day

Deputy Finance Officer Safeguarding & Cox

Tracy was born in Newhaven, raising her family here and working in the local area. For 19 Years she has worked in Children’s services supporting children, families and schools. She also became a foster carer in 2018. Tracy joined the NGRC with her sister and Niece and has loved it ever since. She became a Cox in 2018.


Jayne Collins


Jayne joined NGRC in September 2018, The picture is from 2019 Great River Race, super proud moment. Her first home was Newhaven, her Uncle Len was coxswain in the lifeboat for 11 years, so it’s like coming home for Jayne.
She has huge respect for this club and it’s members and hopes to be able to contribute in return.


Daniel Wittenberg




David Swann

Website admin


David has only been a member of the club for about a year but feels like he has really jumped in at the deep end.

He moved to Newhaven in 2017 and joined the club in 2019. Really enjoys cycling when he can’t row.

David works at a sport supplement company and manages their shop. He studied Web design at college and has done an apprenticeship within the NHS aiding them in their back office systems.