Our Committee

Nicola Tweedie

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.

Mark Beaumont

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.

Dex Allen

Health & Safety Officer, Coach and Cox

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.

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 raised her family here. She has been a Foster Carer for nearly 20 Years and has looked after many children.

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 along with Tracy Day.

Caroline has taken part in the Coxswain training which has been run by the clubs trained coaches and has recently become a fully competent cox.

Nicky Rattray

Fundraising Officer

Nicky Rattray (3rd from the right) by day works as a Purchasing and Planning Manager for Clearvision Lighting Ltd, Newhaven. Other incarnations include Contract Managing for a building firm and Civil Servant (part of the Scottish Office). She has many skills honed from her varied careers but her organisational and people skills seem to be the best.

Rowing at weekends and some evenings (let’s face it rowing whenever she can), a proud, fully paid up club member, part of the Fundraising Team and Cox in training for Newhaven Gig Rowing Club.

Chloe Sands

Committee Secretary

Chloe moved to Newhaven in 2016 and it didn’t take long for her love of the open water to draw her to the local rowing club. After giving this new sport a go she became hooked on rowing, enjoying the community spirit surrounding the club, so wanted to become more involved by joining the committee. Chloe is also a qualified open water scuba diver, has RYA level 2 sailing certificate and always enjoys a swim off the beach on a warm, sunny day.

She works for the local government in Brighton & Hove, enjoys spending time at home with her family (including a cat named Bella) and friends, and is passionate about travelling the world.