Club Chairman, Co Founder, Coach and Cox
Nicola is the Chair of the club. She is also a cox and qualified rowing coach. Outside of rowing, she is an organisational consultant and clinical psychologist. She works locally in the NHS in adult mental health and has also set-up and co-produced third sector and charitable services in Sussex. She works with local and international companies to help them develop their leaders and make shifts in organisational culture.
Gina grew up in Newhaven and having never rowed before (other than in the gym) she decided to give it a go. Being a keen water sport enthusiast and having trained to SCUBA dive in the same harbour used for our club, it seemed the right thing to do. What she loves about rowing most is the feeling of being relaxed on a calm day but the adrenalin rush of a ‘rough’ row is also a firm favourite! Gina is a Personal Assistant and has worked in Local Government for over 20 years. She is the Committee Secretary, is part of the fundraising team and also produces the members’ newsletter. Outside of rowing, she enjoys walking, spending time with her children and most of all, loves to bake!
Committee Member, Co Founder and Cox
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.
Committee Member, Co-Founder and Cox
Graham is one of the early adventurers who did that first trip to Cornwall to find out about Gig’s. He was born and bred in Newhaven for the first 21years of his life. He now lives over the border in Peacehaven!
Graham is a keen sailor having competed in the Rolex Fastnet in 2007 coming second in IRC 2. He has over 600 ocean miles under his belt competing in a number of RORC races, the Royal escape and a number of yacht deliveries. He also has ICC, RYA Level 2 Sailing and Powerboat certificates.
He has a passion for making businesses and not for profit organisations work better together to improve life for more people. He is Head of Sustainability for Legal & General Group, Chairman of the 4 Cancer Group and founder of Social Investment Fund Se-Assist. He always wanted to be a lighthouse keeper. The rowing club is a way of achieving half of that dream!
Dex Allen grew up in Newhaven and went to Tideway School, working in construction and gyms before joining the Fire Service. As a teenager Dex used to row with the Sea Cadets and knows the benefits that rowing can bring in developing team work, building friendships and getting fitter. Dex has four children and since leaving the fire service now works as a Fire Safety Consultant From his office in Newhaven. Dex believes in integrity, doing the right thing and is a typical Scorpio.
Karen has always lived in Newhaven and is another life long resident. Having grown up here she loves to be near the sea and always likes to be on the coast. Her own family likes to be outdoors and in their spare time they like to be either walking, surfing or rowing. She feels that The Newhaven Gig club is helping to bring the community spirit back and is an amazing experience that everyone can do. She works full time in a local secondary school and is currently finishing her training for a career adviser qualification. Previously she has worked long term for a high street bank and many years within the financial industry.
Also, having previous volunteering experience within fundraising, she is keen to ensure she provides guidance and ideas to support our new fundraising team.
Alison moved to Newhaven three years ago and loves living on the banks of the Ouse. She spotted Amelie one Sunday morning, got in touch via the club’s Facebook page and has been rowing ever since. Alison runs a small research agency in Newhaven.