THE BOAT CLUB TRUST
Sir David Wootton - Chairman
David was captain of JCBC in 1971-72 and presided over as well as competed in the crews that won all 4 major Cambridge events that season - University Fours, Fairbairn Cup and Head of both the Lent and May Bumps. David was a partner at Allen & Overy from 1979 to 2015, advising on corporate finance transactions and corporate governance. He was the 684th Lord Mayor of the City of London, serving from 2011-2012. He has been an Alderman of the City of London representing the Ward of Langbourn since 2005 and served as Sheriff of the City in 2009-2010. He is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and an Honorary Fellow of the College.
Louise Couch (2004) - Secretary
Louise learnt to row at Jesus where she read English in her spare time. She was JCBC Secretary in 2005-6, Women's Captain and President from 2006-7 and was a member of the 1st Women’s VIII that won Fairbairn’s, got blades in the Lent Bumps and Head of the May Bumps that season. After a brief career in management consultancy, she moved to the U.S. to study for an MBA at Harvard Business School. She currently lives in London with her husband, Henry, and works in investment banking at Morgan Staley. She was appointed to the JCBC Trust in 2010 as Secretary.
Michael has been a Fellow in Biochemistry at Jesus College since 1965 and since 1999 has been Professor of Chemotherapy. Rejected by Downing College BC in 1958 as too light (63 Kg) to row but too heavy to cox, he encouraged his Jesus pupils on the river and produced many captains including at least five Trustees, three of whom are still stalwarts in post. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, particularly visiting New Zealand, and is an active aviator. He is also a church organist and choirmaster. Michael has been Senior Treasurer of the Boat Club since the 1980s.
Ewan Pearson (1981)
Ewan began rowing at The King's School, Canterbury in 1975 and was a GB junior rower in 1980. He rowed in the Blue Boat 1982-4 and in the Jesus 'Light Four', and won several sculling races for JCBC, including Bushe-Fox in 1982 and Colquhoun Sculls 1983 and 1984, he graduated in Medical Sciences in 1984. He was in the GB squad from 1982-6, winning the Goblets at Henley in 1984 and 1985, and a bronze medal for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 1986 in the coxless pair. He rowed Masters for Canterbury Pilgrims and Crabtree BCs from 1987-2014. Having worked as a doctor, a schoolteacher, and an investment banker, Ewan now runs a communication and persuasion consultancy based in London. He is married with 3 sons and became Executive Chairman of CUBC mid 2017 having previously led the team that built the new Cambridge University boathouse in Ely. As a continuing investor for charities, he maintains his ACSI qualification with the CISI.
Richard Tett (1988)
Richard started rowing at Oundle School in the 1980s. After teaching in rural Kenya for a year, he came up to Jesus College in 1988. As well as rowing in the 1st May VIII for four years and the 1st Lent VIII for three years, he was JCBC secretary in 1989/90 and JCBC captain 1990/91. In his year as captain, the club won University Light IVs and Fairbairn's. Richard also rowed for CULRC in 1992. He joined Freshfields law firm in 1994 and has been a partner since 2004. Richard is married with two children, Isabelle and James.
Sheena Cassidy (1997)
Sheena has been involved in rowing for over 20 years and has competed at a number of levels, from open women's VIIIs at Ghent to mixed doubles at Staines regatta. She was JCBC women's captain 1998-9.Sheena has coached at JCBC since Lents 2003 and continues to coach at all levels in the club. She was appointed to the JCBC trust in 2006. Sheena is currently based in London, where, aside from working as a barrister, she coaches intermediate men at Thames RC and sculls occasionally.
Helen Boldon (2007)
Helen began rowing in 2002 at Northwich Rowing Club. After working for IBM for a year in London (and fitting in a little bit of rowing for Putney Town RC), she came to Jesus to read Economics in 2007. Helen was JCBC Women's Captain and President in 2008-09. She now works again for IBM and was appointed to the JCBC Trust in 2016.
Jon Hutton (1975)
In the late 1970s Jon Hutton read Natural Sciences and learnt to row at Jesus. He rowed against Oxford in the Lightweight Boat Race (1977), was captain of the JCBC (1978) and rowed for Zimbabwe in the 1980s. Jon studied for a PhD in wildlife management and worked as Senior Ecologist in the Zimbabwe wildlife department before taking up a position with the United Nations. Today Jon lives in Switzerland and is Director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute. In addition to being a Trustee of Boat Club Trust at Jesus, he is a member of the Senior Committee of the Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club.
David Reid (1991)
David started rowing at Jesus in 1991. Five terms in the 1st VIII culminated in rowing over 2nd on the river in the 1994 Mays crew. Upon graduating he moved to Bedford and continued rowing, with forays back to Cambridge to coach whenever possible. A change of job saw him move south to Henley, where he joined Upper Thames RC. He was previously occasionally heard on Regatta Radio during Henley Royal Regatta, before video killed the radio star."
Matt Jones (2002)
Matt noviced at Jesus in 2001, and was Captain from 2003 – 2004 during which time a back injury forced him to stop rowing and take up coaching instead for the rest of his time at Jesus. After a stint working in Tanzania, he returned to the college to complete an MPhil degree, once more coaching crews in between trips back to Africa for research. He works in conservation, helping the private sector avoid and mitigate their biodiversity impacts. Matt lives near Cambridge with his wife Ali - a former Jesus 1st VIII cox, their daughter and two dogs. He still coaches as often as possible. Matt joined the Trust in 2010.
JCBC is saddened to announce the passing of Chris McDouall. Chris was the Treasurer of the club, having become a trustee in 1990. We are extremely grateful for his many years of service; he will be greatly missed.