Meet the Trustees & Manager
Eric became chair of the club in December 2022 and he also chairs the Angel Association, the local amenity organisation for this neighbourhood. He and his family live near the Basin. He has much experience in charity governance and management, is a trustee of watersports charities based in London Docklands, and is a local school governor. He worked for many years promoting large scale development projects particularly in Liverpool and East London
Filippo is an experienced Economist and Business Strategy Advisor with eighteen years’ professional experience working for government departments and major consulting firms.
He has worked in the public sector and in the private sector and in his role as a consultant he has often supported small companies and start-ups developing their business plans and funding innovative solutions. Filippo is a keen runner who lives in Islington and enjoys spending time in the local community.
Filippo has been a trustee of the Club since October 2019
Dame Colette Bowe
Colette is an economist by trade and currently works in the City. She has lived in Islington near the Boat Club for many years and is a committee member of the Angel Association.
She has a strong interest in education and has been a governor of a local school. She has extensive experience of governance roles, including in a number of charities. She has been a trustee since December 2022
Born in Islington, John became a member of Islington Boat Club within weeks of it opening.
That led to a lifelong involvement in outdoor pursuits including canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hill walking, sailing and mountain biking. Working in a variety of roles within the industry from instructor and coach in multiple activities to CEO for a trust delivering outdoor experiences to young people, John is currently Paddlesport Manager at a London based centre, working for a social enterprise.
Having started at IBC he is happy to support them through being a Trustee, knowing the positive impact that it had on his inner city life. John now spends his spare time sea kayaking and printmaking.
Originally from Colorado, Maria Savage has been an Islington resident since 2011 and a founding trustee of Friends of Graham Street Park. She was an active business woman in Islington from 2011 -2021 and now works as the school business manager for Hanover Primary School. Maria is also on the Friends of Hanover charity committee. She lives on Graham street with her 9 year-old daughter.
Dick has lived less than a quarter of a mile from IBC for nearly 40 years. He worked in the City. He has been a Parent Governor at Hanover School and for five years he was Lock Keeper at City Road Lock. He has run several large youth sports organisations in Hackney and also has been a London Youth Games Team Manager across a wide range of sports for Hackney, Haringey, Camden and Islington. He is a Level 3 Rowing Coach, has been a Director of British Rowing and now spends his time helping organise rowing races all over the UK
Sarah-Jane Elvin took over managing the Islington Boat Club in April 2022. She has over 15 years experience in managing youth and community Centres. She has a degree in Youth & Community Work and a Masters in Charity Management.
Sarah-Jane previously worked for IBC in 2002, as a Sailing Instructor and Power boat driver. She is keen to ensure the Community is back at the heart of the Club through partnership working and networking.