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.

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.

John Rowlinson (Trustee)

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.