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Board Member Profiles

Meet the British Canoeing Board. 

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Professor John Coyne CBE (Chair of British Canoeing)

Appointment period: March 2021 - March 2025 (second term)

Nominations Committee

With a 40 year career in higher education, Professor John Coyne was Vice Chancellor at the University of Derby for 11 years, before retiring in July 2015.  His contribution to the sector was recognised in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List when he was awarded a CBE for services to higher education.

John is well known in the business sector and sat on the Board of D2N2 - the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, and was a commissioner of the UK Commission on Employment and Skills. He is also currently a non-executive director of CFE Research and Consultancy Ltd.


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Richard Boreham (Vice Chair of British Canoeing)

Appointment period: March 2021 - March 2025 (second term)

Governance Committee

Nominations Committee

Richard has been an active paddler for most of his life, with a particular love for white water kayaking.  Richard is also a voluntary coach at his local Canoe Club, Basingstoke Canal, where he is a past Chairman and a current committee member. 

Professionally, Richard is involved in business technology. He began his career in building leading edge software systems for various companies and is now a technology leader with over 25 years experience working with businesses to help them deliver their digital strategies. Richard has worked with senior executives in a wide variety of organisations, helping them to bring new thinking and to apply digital technologies to their business operations.


Kerry Chown

Kerry Chown (Director nominated by Canoe Wales)

Appointed: March 2022 - March 2026 (first term)

Kerry Chown has over 25 years in senior HR roles, with an MSc in Human Resource Management. 

Having founded Cobalt HR in 2016, she works with organisations to help them raise business performance by implementing robust people management practices. These include employee engagement, recognition and reward and performance management, alongside providing general operational support. 

Kerry works with many sport organisations and other third sector bodies, plus a range of private sector businesses. 

Kerry holds a number of Non-Executive Director roles in sport organisations and in the private sector, including being elected as Chair of Canoe Wales in 2020. 

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Stephen Craig (Director nominated by The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland)

Appointment period: March 2019 – March 2023 (second term)

Governance Committee

Board Champion for Anti-Doping

Stephen started canoeing while at school and has been an active club paddler for most of his life.  He is now one of the coach educators in the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (CANI). Stephen joined CANI in the 70's and was elected to the Council in the 80's.  He served as Treasurer for 10 years before accepting his current post of President in 2008.

His career started as an engineer with a TV rental company and went on to set up his own repair and maintenance business for electronics and central heating.  In 2004 he changed tack and moved into working in the outdoor pursuits / team management industry.  He is now working freelance in the outdoor industry and training groups for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.


Clare Dallaway

Clare Dallaway (Director nominated by the English Forum)

Appointment period: March 2021 - March 2025 (second term)

HR, Remunerations and Nominations Committee

Nominations Committee

Clare is a member of Birmingham Canoe Club, and is Chair of British Canoeing’s West Midland’s Regional Committee. Clare is also a UKCC Level 2 Coach and 4 Star Leader in both canoe and kayak. 

Clare works within the NHS and is an Associate Director of Organisational Development and Culture. Her portfolio of responsibility includes Leadership Development, Staff Engagement, Health and Well-Being and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Clare has a Masters in Business Administration and holds the Institute of Leadership and Management Executive Coaching and Mentoring Award.


Nick Donald

Nick Donald (Independent Director)

Appointment period: March 2022 – March 2026 (first term)

Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee

Nick is a chartered accountant and spent most of his executive career in investment banking where he was Managing Director and Head of UK Equity Capital Markets for HSBC. 

He has a track record of advising boards of major UK PLCs in raising finance and attracting a diverse investor base. He has previous Non-Executive Director experience with Leicester Tigers Rugby Club and England Squash. 

He is currently an independent member of the sports broadcast monitoring committee. 


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Bronagh Kennedy (Independent Director)

Appointment period: March 2020 – March 2024 (second term)

Chair of the HR, Remunerations and Nominations Committee

Bronagh Kennedy is a highly experienced Company Secretary and General Counsel who has worked for Severn Trent since June 2011. Previously Bronagh held a similar role at Mitchells & Butlers, where she worked for 15 years. Prior to that she was a Senior Associate at Allen & Overy.

With a demonstrable track record of success at a senior level with significant HR experience, Bronagh is also the Chair of British Canoeing’s HR and Remuneration Committee.


Martine Kushner

Martine Kushner (Independent Director)

Appointment period: March 2020 – March 2024 (first term)

Chair of the Governance Committee

Martine is a full time Judge with tickets to sit on cases in Family, Civil and Crime. She is also a qualified mediator and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration.  When at the Bar she specialised in Family and Civil work and was ranked as a Leading Junior.  She has excellent problem solving capabilities and a wealth of legal, advisory and governance experience.

Martine has extensive board advisory experience and is currently a member of the Star Club Rowing Board and since 2019, also sits on British Canoeing’s National Disputes and Disciplinary Panel.

Upon becoming Director, Martine will also Chair British Canoeing’s Governance & Risk Committee.


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Steve Linksted (Director nominated by The Scottish Canoe Association)

Appointment period: March 2019 – March 2023 (second term)

Steve started paddling in the mid 1980’s as a teenager with the Scouts and with Forest Canoe Club. Steve became a coach in 1988 and also competed in Slalom until the mid 1990s, when his sailing interests saw him racing a Dart 18 catamaran instead. He came back to paddling in 2009 and now coaches several times a week.

Steve is a member of Stirling and Falkirk Canoe Club, a member of the British Canoeing Slalom Committee, the Regional Officer for the Central Scotland region and a Director of the Scottish Canoe Association.  For his day job, Steve is an Air Traffic Controller at Glasgow Prestwick Airport and also holds a private pilot’s licence to crown a lifelong love of aviation.


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Zoey Rowe (Director nominated by the English Forum)

Appointment period: March 2022 – March 2026 (first term)

Zoey is an active member of Wombourne Kayak Club and a volunteer Kayak instructor for the Roundhouse Birmingham and recently became a Sessional Instructor for the Sea cadets.  Zoey was a Steering Committee Board Member for West Midlands Manufacturing Club for 5 years.  

Zoey qualified as an accountant before entering her current profession within engineering 20 years ago where she has worked as an employed and freelance consultant working with manufacturing businesses, public sector and private companies. 

She supports women in engineering, annually assisting events giving talks and educational support.

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Greg Spencer (Director nominated by the English Forum)

Appointment period: March 2022 - March 2026 (first term)

Greg has experience working in many outdoor pursuits including canoeing, caving and gorge walking.  He spent time canyoning at a leading outdoor centre delivering services to a local college serving some of the most deprived communities in the region. 

He has galvanised communities and shaped strategy as a volunteer within areas such as early years care and education, junior tennis, school governance, sport and physical education. 

Greg has coordinated events at every scale from village fetes to international symposia and provided practical support to groups of passionate people to enable them to do great things. 

Greg has plenty of experience working with the staff and volunteers at British Canoeing.