At Mersey Youth Rowing (WYR) we have a team of Trustees, Ambassadors and Coaches from a range of business backgrounds, all of whom have a vested interest in the work we do. Find out more about them below:


Elaine Nesbitt (Chair of Trustees)

Elaine has a wealth of experience as a Company Director and working for the Civil Service. Before becoming a Trustee Elaine was a regular volunteer for WYR. Elaine is now looking after the administration of WYR including all HR and Safeguarding matters.

Ben Dunne (Trustee)

A former rower, Ben is now a highly regarded professional in the education sector. Ben’s knowledge of the education system is invaluable to our team.

Jen Argent (Trustee)

A former junior rower at Warrington Rowing Club who was coached by Richard, Jen has since gone on to become a qualified solicitor and supports the team with her legal knowledge. She is our youngest trustee.

Alison Campbell (Trustee)

Dr Alison Campbell has a longstanding interest in rowing and has supported her daughters’ passion of the sport for many years at Northwich Rowing Club. Alison is Chief Scientific Officer of the Care Fertility Group and a Consultant Embryologist.


Richard Sinnott (Chief Executive Officer)

As a long standing and well-respected junior rowing coach, Richard brings a large bank of rowing experience and knowledge to Warrington Youth Rowing.  As Chief Executive Officer, he heads up the coaching team and manages the day to day operation of the Charity.

Richard Kong (Accountant)

With a strong background in accounting, this makes Richard the ideal person to look after our books.

Coaching Team

James Cox

James is studying in Manchester and is a keen rower. He started rowing at Queens Park High School in Chester and has been a regular competitor at national level.  He recently became World Silver Medallist in Junior Singles at the World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals.

He coaches for Greater Manchester Youth Rowing.

John Impey

John is a very experienced coach.  He is currently coaching at Agecroft Rowing Club and Salford University Boat Club.

Lauren Auchterlonioe

After studying and rowing at Manchester University, Lauren has now commenced training with the GB Start Programme.

Lauren Barclay

Orla Holohan

Orla is an active member of Agecroft Rowing Club.

Caleb Vonk

Caleb joins us from his role as President of Salford University Boat Club where he has been an active rower and coach.


Graeme Thomas

Graeme is an experienced international oarsman and Olympian.  He started his rowing career at Agecroft Rowing Club and has stayed loyal to the Club ever since.  He is a keen supporter of the Youth Rowing project.

Gregg Stevenson

Gregg joined the GB Para-Rowing Team in 2023. He won the PR2 Mixed Double Sculls with Lauren Rowles at the 2023 European Rowing Championships. We are delighted to welcome him as an ambassador for Greater Manchester Youth Rowing!