About us Meet the team Meet the trustees Meet the trustees Lee Pollard (Chair) Lee volunteered to provide Human Resources advice to the Boat Club, and as she got to know the quality and services provided to local young people, she wanted to further support the Boat Club by becoming a trustee. Lee is an experienced senior Human Resources professional and runs her own HR consultancy company, Right Direction HR. Prior to this, Lee was the Western Europe HR Director for MetLife, a large multi-national insurance company. Originally from the US, Lee and her daughter are now happily settled residents of Islington. Ian Middleton (Treasurer) Ian is a qualified chartered accountant who has spent many years in senior roles with such firms as JP Morgan, Citibank and Robert Fleming. He is now a director of his own company and continues to work within financial services. Ian moved into the area at the start of 2015 and has been very keen to become involved with a local charity. With a long standing interest in water based activity (sailing, windsurfing, fly fishing and diving to name a few) and a background in developing skills with children and young adults (20 years coaching rugby) the Boat Club provides a unique opportunity. Cerys Normanton (Trustee) Cerys is Head of the primary department of a local special school and over the years has worked in several schools in and around Islington. She effectively works within a network of other professionals to ensure local children with additional needs or those who have to overcome other difficulties have access to fulfilling opportunities within the community. She has volunteered to support the boat club on school, inclusion & safeguarding related issues. 15 years ago Cerys worked on the summer programs at the boat club and has remained linked with the club ever since. She lives locally with her family. John Lane (Trustee) Originally a secondary school English teacher, John retrained as an ILEA Media Resources Officer and subsequently gained many years of experience working in the public sector. This included a long period running Islington Media Services at Barnsbury, providing resources support to local schools and youth and community groups including Islington Boat Club. John now runs his own business, mainly creating teaching, learning and publicity materials for education and health services in London. He is very happy to be able to make some contribution to Islington Boat Club as a trustee, having long admired the valuable work it does with young people in the area and with the wider communitys. Leslie Brantingham (Trustee) A long-time London resident, Leslie recently moved to Wiltshire. A lifelong canoeist, sailor and water sports enthusiast (except stand-up paddle boards!), Leslie has been a trustee with Islington Boat Club for three years and believes strongly that the resilience that comes from self-reliance on the water equips one for all manner of life’s difficulties. Islington Boat Club’s activities have brought benefit to thousands and Leslie and his fellow trustees are determined that this will be the case for the future. Mark Flashman (Trustee) A digital media consultant, university lecturer, and canoe and kayak coach, Mark has over 20 years of experience managing, developing and implementing digital solutions at the BBC, The British Library, and other international institutions. Mark has an informed understanding of technology relating to the broadcast media, digital archives, and digital asset management. As a member of senior management team at the BBC he developed a broad-ranging knowledge, and experience of, strategic planning, business management, HR, and the responsibilities of a public-funded organisation. Also a proud parent, and enthusiastic cyclist. He has a keen interest in the arts, especially music (reggae in particular) and reading.