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:


Richard Sinnott (Coach and Trustee)

As a long standing and well-respected junior rowing coach, Richard brings a large bank of rowing experience and knowledge to the trustee team. He heads up our coaching team and is the Chairman of the Trustees.

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. Ben is not only a trustee of WYR, he is also a trustee of the River Reeves foundation.

Richard Kong (Accountant)

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

Trustees of Warrington Youth Rowing
Richard S, Ben and Richard K

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.

Elaine Nesbitt (Trustee)

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.

Coaching Team

Sam Heyes-Burke

Sam is studying at LJMU and is a keen rower. He can be found coaching at The Watersports Centre in Liverpool as one of our coaches for Mersey Youth Rowing.



Ralph Johnson

Ralph used to be The Birchwood High School Rowing Lead. Since retiring Ralph has been helping out and coaching out of Warrington.



Jessica Devitt

Jessica is currently studying at LJMU, alongside rowing for the university and coaching for Mersey Youth Rowing.




Libby Myers

Libby is an ex competitive junior rower for WRC, now a student at the University of Liverpool. She can be found coaching in Liverpool.



Libby Ackerman

Libby started rowing at Evesham Rowing Club. She them moved to Liverpool to study at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and is a talented musician. She now rows at Warrington Rowing Club. Libby can be found coaching for Mersey Youth Rowing (MYR).


Paul Johansen

Paul Johanson

Paul is a graduate of Sports Science from Liverpool John Moores University. He has been involved in the sport of rowing for a number of years and has gained a lot of experience working with young people in challenging situations. Paul was the lead coach in Liverpool, as well as regular helper at Warrington. He is now an ambassador.





Zoe Knowles

Professor Zoe Knowles is based at LJMU School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. She is the first female Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (2020-2023). As a HCPC Registered Psychologist Zoe has supported Warrington Rowing Club for many years through consultancy and also supervising student/intern placements.