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.

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.

Jess Swindles

Jess started rowing at WRC and is now a student at LJMU. She can be  found coaching in both Liverpool and Warrington

Paul Johansen

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 is the lead coach in Liverpool, but can also be found in Warrington.

WYR Ambassadors:

Mike Cooper (International Rugby League player, currently playing for Warrington Wolves RLFC)

A local, Mike is an International Rugby League player who is currently representing Warrington Wolves and has done some great work with WYR; providing inspiration and support to our youngsters. He is a regular at our events and presentation evenings.


Phil Lyons (former WYR coach)

Phil formed part of the original coaching team whilst studying for a masters in Strength and Conditioning. Phil is also a former junior rower at Warrington Rowing Club coached by Richard.



Lucy Glover (former WRC Junior and Under-23 World Champion)

Lucy currently studies at Edinburgh University alongside training with the GB national rowing squads. Although she has a very busy schedule, she has been a regular visitor to WYR and has been great inspiration for our athletes.