top of page

Meet the Staff & Trustees

Eric photo.jpg

Eric Sorensen


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 Gaddo 4.jpg

Filippo Gaddo


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


Colette Bowe 3 - (Robert Shiret _ 1984 London)[56][85].jpg

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

john r.png

John Rowlinson


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.

Bio photo.jpg

Maria Savage


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, Henley copy.jpg

Dick Millard


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


Darren Greenwood

RYA Chief Instructor

Darren Greenwood became a pernament fixture at the club as of May 2023!


He has been kayaking since attending IBC as a young person.  He has since instructed and partook in varied disciplines of paddle sport activities  as well as various other outdoor ed sports across the globe.


Coaching students of all ages, from the rivers of the Ardèche in the South of France to the sometimes calm seas of New Zealand!


Darren manages our school, youth and Royal Yachting Association programmes and courses.



bottom of page