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.


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,Trustee & Cox

Caroline was born in Newhaven and has raised her family here. She has been a Foster Carer for more than 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 covers the role of Finance Officer 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.    She Loves taking the taster Sessions and welcoming New people to the club


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.


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.