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    Who's Who

    Do you have a question about British Youth Sailing? Don't know who would be best to talk to? A full list of all the British Youth Sailing team is below.


    To contact any of these please email:

    Chris Atherton

    National Performance Manager

    Overall responsibility for the management of the Performance Management team and delivery of our Sport England Talent Targets.

    Responsible for working with the 29er Class Association.

    Chris Atherton

    Duncan West

    Regional Performance Manager, South and South West

    Responsible for working with the RS Tera, RS Feva, 420 and Nacra Class Associations.  Including Regional Training Groups for these regions.

    duncan west

    Chris Blackburn

    Regional Performance Manager, North

    Responsible for the overview of the windsurfing pathway, which includes the RS:X and Bic Techno Class Association.  Team15 and liaising with the UKWA.  Including Regional Training Groups for these regions.

    Chris Blackburn

    Paul Wren

    Regional Performance Manager, East, South East and London

    Responsible for working with the UK Topper and UK Cadet Class Associations. Including Regional Training Groups for these regions.                     
    Paul Wren

    Tim Hall

    Regional Performance Manager, Midlands

    Responsible for working with the UK Optimist and UK Laser Class Associations.  Including Regional Training Groups for these regions.

    Tim Hall

    Sarah Knox-Johnston 

    Performance Operations Co-ordinator

    Organises Regional Training Groups and support for RPM's.

    Co-ordinates the Regional Junior Championships, Team15 and Recognised Club.

    Sarah Knox-Johnston

    Mark Nicholls

    Youth Racing Manager

    Strategic management of British Youth Sailing in the UK.

     Mark Nicholls

    Jack Grundy

    Performance Manager (lead for sailors in education)

    Manage and deliver support for British Youth Sailing; Youth Performance Squad and Transition Group and British Sailing Team; that involve sailors in education.  Responsible for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE), and SportsAid Awards.               


    Olivia Risk

    Performance Operations Manager

    Management of operations for the British Youth Sailing and British Sailing Team, including budgets and coach contracts.

    Olivia Risk

    Sarah Marjoram

    Performance Operations Co-ordinator

    Co-ordinates the Diploma in Sporting Excellence Programme (DiSE), including the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the DiSE Programme representing BYS. Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), SportsAid Award Funding, including Backing the Best, Intentions Data & Analysis, BHSF Physiotherapy and supporting the Performance Manager (Jack Grundy).                                    


    Niki Paton

    Performance Operations Co-ordinator & PA to Mark Nicholls

    Co-ordinates resources and bookings for Laser Radial Youth Performance Squad, Kite National Training Group and Transition Project for Laser Radial, Laser Standard and iQFoil. Organising the annual BYS Stakeholders Conference. Logistics for the Youth Olympic Games, Youth sailing World Championships. Youth Racing Committee admin support. ET Championships admin support. Also supports Techno, laser 4.7, Topper and Optimist International events.    

    Niki Paton 

    Beth McKellar

    Performance Operations Co-ordinator

    Organises and co-ordinates domestic squad training and logistics for international events for Nacra 15, Kites, 420 & 29er classes/squads.  Also supports the Cadet and RS Feva squad selections (training mainly managed by the Class Associations).

    Co-ordinates Profiling, the prize giving of trophies and medals for RYA Youth National Championships, and manages the Registration at this event.                       


    Charlie MacKean

    Performance Operations Administrator

    Assists the Operations team with daily operational tasks, including managing sailor and staff clothing.


    Youth Racing Committee

    Ben Cooper

    Chair of the Youth Racing Committee

    I am working with the RYA to oversee the development of youth sailing in the UK. My own children participated in the programme from an early age, all the way through to 18, during which time I held various administrative positions in two junior and youth pathway classes.

    I was elected Chairman of the Optimist Class, and subsequently the 29er Class, and was also Rear Commodore of our local sailing club. I am committed to bringing this experience and knowledge to the ongoing development of the youth racing programme.

    Charles Glover

    After 20 years in the advertising and marketing sector, Charles’s volunteering started in 2007 as a willing “parent supporter” helping to organise regional activity to encourage young people into the Topper and after 18 months he was approached to take on the role of Chairman of the Topper class to take it through rapid expansion over a 2 year period.

    In 2011 Charles started a 2 year term as International President of the 29er class, giving him an insight and interest in the international administration of sailing, ultimately leading to his current role at World Sailing as Vice Chair of the Youth Events Committee (responsible for the Youth Worlds and Youth Olympic Games) and also a member of the Development and Regions Committee, working to grow sailing participation around the world.

    Within the RYA Charles has been a member of the Youth Events Racing Committee since 2010 and is currently Chair the Participation and Membership Committee which is focussed on growing grass roots participation.

    Although late to sailing, Charles has seen the huge benefits sailing brought to his own children and remains completely committed to the growth and development of the sport.


    Charlie Stowe

    Charlie learned to sail in an Optimist in the late 70’s before attending the Worlds in 1980/81. In the subsequent years he competed in a number of dinghy and windsurfing classes, mostly at national level.

    Since 2004 he has supported his two daughters as they progressed through the youth and junior pathway before they headed off to university to read Chemical Engineering and to study as a Norland nanny respectively. During this time he held a number of voluntary positions within the Optimist, Topper and 29er classes with roles covering racing event co-ordination, safety support and race management.

    Most recently he has been appointed as an NRO with race officer roles at recent RYA Youth champs as well as various national events / championships. Several upcoming RO and PRO appointments will see him attend a wide range of events for classes from Optimist to IRC at a number of prominent UK clubs including RORC (Cowes), Royal Southern YC, Plas Heli, Rutland SC, Grafham Water SC, Datchet Water SC and Derwent Reservoir SC.

    Ann Whitfield

    After university, she sailed a Laser, and then moved to Australia, where she sailed 470s, Lasers and J24s in Sydney, representing Australia in the Laser class at the World Ladies’ Championships in Auckland. Returning to the UK, she raced Enterprises and RS200s nationally, winning the Ladies’ Nationals in both. Ann currently sails a Laser and a Seascape 18.                      

    Her elder son has raced Optimists, Fevas (winning the Worlds in 2011) and Lasers on the pathway, and now enjoys university team racing, Etchells racing and is specialising in Match Racing. Her younger son has raced Mirrors, Toppers and Lasers. Both boys are active racing coaches, and are teaching themselves to foil in a Waszp.

    Ann lives in Penarth, South Wales and is on the Board of RYA Cymru/Wales, also chairing its Performance sub-committee and is Chair of Selectors for the UK Optimist Class.

    Katie Shorrock

    Katie has been a keen sailor all her life embracing every aspect of the sport from racing dinghies, team racing, teaching sailing, day boat racing and cruising with the family. She and her husband Andrew introduced their 2 sons to sailing through RYA courses at their local club and went on to support the boys’ participation in the RYA Youth Sailing program including organising and attending international competitions. Katie has been an active volunteer at local club level, as a Class committee member, as a selector and as RYA Youth Racing Committee Member.

    Outside of sailing her hobbies include skiing and cycling. Katie has had a long career in marketing having worked with some of the biggest brands, she also runs her own nutrition business helping others to eat smart and get healthy results.

    Katie is always happy to answer any questions and talk about sailing with the sailors and parents. A former Cadet and 420 sailor herself she is passionate about helping young sailors get the maximum enjoyment and benefit from their time participating in sailing: “so that they too may acquire their own love of this wonderful sport”

    Sally Budden

    Sally was taught to sail in the 80’s by her father who was a keen fireball sailor. She sent a lot of her early years playing on the side of many reservoirs watching him race. A lot of her sailing was recreational in a Topper and Mirror and in her later teenage years and before children, she raced with her father in a fireball travelling around the UK.

    Sally has 2 children who she taught to sail and both of them completed the RYA Stage 1 – 4 dinghy courses. Daniel her youngest took a real shine to sailing and this where another journey started.

    Daniel started racing a Topper and went through the RYA Junior Pathway and then onto the RYA Youth Pathway in the 29er. He is now currently juggling university in Exeter being in the British Sailing Team - Podium Potential pathway racing a 49er.

    Sally has been very active volunteer in both the Topper Class and the 29er class. Most parents and sailors know Sally for being on her rib acting as safety support at many events both in the UK and Europe. Sally held the position of treasurer in the both the Topper and 29er class and also Events Coordinator in the 29er class, where she was part of the team that organised the 29er Worlds held at Pwllheli in 2015.

    Currently, she is team logistics for her son in his 49er campaign and will probably spend her summer towing ribs and 49ers over Europe bumping into lots of friends she has made along the way. She is always more than happy to help and answer any questions from parents have about junior and youth racing.


    Steph Banham


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