Name: Alasdair Macfarlane

Position: Captain of the Boats

Year of study & Course: 2nd year PhD student (History/English Literature)

Favourite seat in the boat: Two in the 4, Four/Six in the 8.

Best rowing memory: Winning at the Scot Uni Championships in my novice year with Glasgow Uni Boat Club. We were entered above the novice category so there wasn’t any expectation of being anything but cannon fodder. I’ve no idea how we did it, I just remember taking the rate up and up at stroke, but we went from third place 1k out to winning by less than half a second. I’ve never had a feeling like that in my life.

Favourite social: Boat Club Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh

Bio: I’ve been at Durham University and SCSBC for the last two years, first as an MA student and now as a research PhD. Before that I was an undergraduate at Glasgow University, where I read English Literature and where I also learned to row. All told I’ve been involved with rowing going on six years, and I hope to take SCSBC from strength to strength.


Name: Henry Brown

Position: Senior Men’s Captain

Year of study & Course: 2nd year geography

Favourite seat in the boat: 5

Best rowing memory: Can anything top Henley?

Favourite social: Durham regatta BBQ

Bio: My first outing as captain ended with a capsize…


Name: Constance Reid

Position: Senior Women’s Captain

Year of study & Course: 2nd year Anthropology

Favourite seat in the boat: 4

Best rowing memory: WeHORR – fastest Durham college

Favourite social: Rowing dinner

Bio: I learnt to row at school and joined as a senior. I competed at NEIRC and first competed in the 1st VIII at WEHoRR and then through regatta season. I’ve met the bronze medal winning US women’s quad, and passed members of the UK women’s eight in a loo. My family are very enthusiastic rowers – one of my older sisters was a Novice Development and S&M Officer at Cuth’s, and my uncle was coxed by Archbishop Welby at Cambridge.


Name: James ‘Jimmy’ Winsey

Position: Social Secretary

Year of study & Course: 2nd year chemistry

Favourite seat in the boat: 7

Best rowing memory: Catching a crab on the first stroke of my first race

Favourite social: End of year dinner

Bio: Be sure you refer to me as the pretty little princess.


Name: Charles Raynaud de Fitte

Position: Social Secretary

Year of study & Course: 2nd year Combined Honours Social Sciences

Favourite seat in the boat: 6

Best rowing memory: When water slowly started filling the Bernie after we had scratched it. “Row faster guys row faster” cried Alistair as the boat slowly sank ! He bought us all drinks in repayment.

Favourite social: Ceilidh social

Bio: The French may not have rowing, but they do have frogs. Frogs live in water. Hence Charles is in his natural habitat when on the water. Charles likes frogs very much. He enjoys them nicely roasted with ketchup and garlic, with mustard and mayo, on a stick or raw.


Name: Alistair Stewart

Position: Captain of Coxes

Year of study & Course: 3rd year Geology

Favourite seat in the boat: Cox or Bow

Best rowing memory: Nailing elvet for the first time in an eight at high pressure

Favourite social: Warrior social

Bio: I am aiming to avoid the highlights of the last year by keeping hold of my keys and phone instead of throwing them straight into the water when attempting to land…


Name: Laura Carpenter

Position: Captain of Coxes

Year of study & Course: 3rd year History

Favourite seat in the boat: The driving seat

Best rowing memory: Winning at Hexham

Favourite social: Boatclub Dinner

Bio: I’m really a ginger, but I wont admit it. Also I love the power that a cox has when commanding four hench freshers. Also I love my lovely husband who coincidentally is…


Name: Alex Bibby

Position: Sponsorship & Media Secretary

Year of study & Course: 3rd year Combined Honours in Arts

Favourite seat in the boat: Bow

Best rowing memory: Losing by a bow-ball..

Favourite social: Welcome drinks

Bio: This year I’m hoping to continue the long tradition of story time, and will be aiming to really bring out the S&M in this role.


Name: Georgie Mack

Position: Female Novice Development Officer

Year of study & Course: 2nd year international relations

Favourite seat in the boat: 4

Best rowing memory: Watching other boats capsize

Favourite social: BBQ because of the epic dancing

Bio: Bit of a mongrel: Like to claim I’m from Glasgow, but I’m really from Surrey, and like to claim I’m Australian, but really only have the passport and not much else.
Absolutely adore Klute, especially post rowing socials.
Also have pretty poor chat.
And I can click my bum- but that might be a bit inappropriate?


Name: Stephanie Crossley

Position: Female Novice Development Officer

Year of study & Course: 2nd year Law

Favourite seat in the boat: Bow

Best rowing memory: doing my first proper race at Hayward Cup

Favourite social: Christmas Nativity

Bio: I grew up in rural Cumbria and was a dancer for 10 years before coming to Durham and giving up my ballet shoes for a rowing Lycra


Name: Tom Titcombe

Position: Male Novice Development Officer

Year of study & Course: 2nd year Physics

Favourite seat in the boat: 7

Best rowing memory: Winning at Hexham

Favourite social: The ‘Welcome drinks’, or the day I realised I can pull off a dress

Bio: My interesting fact is that I purposefully keep my erg times slower than Nate’s, to keep up his confidence


Name: Nathan Risser

Position: Male Novice Development Officer

Year of study & Course: 2nd year Philosophy

Favourite seat in the boat: Stroke

Best rowing memory: Winning at Hexham

Favourite social: The Warrior Social: kilts, face paint and tug-of-war.

Bio: I came to Durham with no rowing experience and the amazing Exec and training program at SCSBC has integrated me into a new sport that I will continue through university and hopefully beyond.


Name: Thomas Casterton

Position: Male Novice Development Officer

Year of study & Course: 2nd year Physics

Favourite seat in the boat: Bow in the 4, 7 in the 8.

Best rowing memory: Winning at Hexham

Favourite social: Ceilidh

Bio: Better known for my topknot than my chat, you’ll probably see me chilling in the bows of the boat. I was also a novice last year!


Name: Hester Carter

Position: Treasurer

Year of study & Course: 3rd year Psychology

Favourite seat in the boat: Stroke

Best rowing memory: When we finished WeHoRR and beat previous records for SCSBC women’s second 8.

Favourite social: The annual dinner.

Bio: I began rowing in first year and have now rowed for 2 years in Cuth’s, this year having stroked the second 8 and de-noviced at York. I’ve had work experience with an accountancy firm and am applying for a graduate job in audit so feel I have the relevant skills required for treasurer. My interesting fact is that I have enough siblings that my family could row an 8!


Name: Tabitha Serle

Position: Regatta Secretary

Year of study & Course: 3rd year Geography

Favourite seat in the boat: Bow!

Best rowing memory: Winning silver at National Schools Regatta in 2011/winning at Durham Regatta in 2015

Favourite social: Epic meal time!

Bio: I am now in my fifth year of rowing, have capsized in nearly every boat type and enjoy it just as much as when I first started! I was Women’s Squad Senior captain last year and loved that, but am looking forward to a (hopefully!) more low key role this year.


Name: Johnny Austin

Position: Boatman

Year of study & Course: 3rd year Maths & Physics

Favourite seat in the boat: Stroke

Best rowing memory: The look on Adam’s face when a log ripped a hole in the hull and sank our boat

Favourite social: The Ceilidh

Bio: Since joining SCSBC at the start of my first year, I have been a pretty princess, a rower, a spotter, a coach, occasionally a cox and I am now the Boatman and Water Safety Officer. I boast a quicker 2k time than the current holder in the 80-84 year old category.






Captain of Boats: John-Luke Wilkinson

As a veteran rower, J-L has a vast knowledge and expertise in boats and rowing. His dedication and commitment to the Boat Club has been demonstrated while training for Henley in the Men’s VIII last year, while sweeping in tankards, medals and trophies from numerous victories. J-L is currently in his fourth year of Civil Engineering at Durham and his sixth year of rowing. He has been rowing at Cuths for three years now, and was previously a member of the exec last year as both boatman and Captain of Boats. He has experience of all sides of the club having coached and rowed in many types of boat, as well as taking on many backroom jobs, ranging from repairing boats to negotiating with Estates and Buildings or our insurers.

Senior Men’s Squad Captain: Hugh Crawshaw

Hugh is a second year Geographer. He has been rowing for over six years as part of St Paul’s School and SCSBC, the highlights of which include winning three national junior medals, qualifying for the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley, a very successful Head season at Durham and an exhilarating win at Hexham. Hugh brings his experience, dedication and abnormal height to the team, making him invaluable to the club.

Senior Women’s Squad Captain: Tabitha Serle

Tabitha is a second year Geography student and has rowed for 5 years. She is highly experienced in rowing technique, erging and boat handling. She is a dedicated member competing in the top boats at all events including WEHoRR and Durham Regatta. Tabitha works incredibly hard organising the women’s squad and bringing about the success they have enjoyed so far this year.

Men’s Novice Development Officers: Rob Sinclair and Kajwan Rasul

Kaj is a second year Physicist who learnt to row in the ranks SCSBC’s prestigious novice squad in his first year at Durham. The keenest of the freshers in his year, he knows how to motivate his novice rowers so that one day, they too can be like him.

Rob is a second year Natsci student who sculled for two years at Swindon BC before coming to Durham. During this time and during holidays Rob has helped teach beginners in doubles and coxed fours and quads. He brings his experience and his technical know-how to the novice squad. While not rowing, Rob likes to indulge in a bit of Wheelchair Basketball.

Women’s Novice Development Officers: Alex Cooper and Jess Wood

Jess ergs-like-a-lion Wood is a second year music student who arrived in Durham with limited rowing experience, however joined the senior squad immediately due to immense natural talent. She improved still rapidly and was able to row in the 1st VIII for WEHoRR and throughout regatta season, and was selected to row in the Bailey vs. Hill college boat race at Admiral’s regatta. She is passionate about ensuring the same level of improvement will be possible for this year’s novice squad.

Alex also rows. Alex is a second year studying Economics with French who learned to row as part of the novice squad last year. As the most improved novice woman in the squad she knows how to motivate and teach the girls to reach their full potential, just like she did.

Social Rowing Captain: Charlie Denney

Wooing us all with her inspirational campaign speech, we all knew the social rowers were in for a treat this year with Charlie at the helm. With high socialising capability, Charlie is in her third year studying International Relations and started rowing in the novice squad in her first year. She actually lives in Jersey out of term time and claims it is a nice place.

Head Cox: Jess Hof and Alistair Stewart

With great interpersonal skills, these two are well-suited to the position. Not only upbeat and enthusiastic, they are hard-working, organised and committed to the boat club. Jess is in her third year at the club and has coxed a number of experienced crews, leading many to victory. With her tongue-in-cheek forward attitude, she loves coxing and is our best when it comes to training new coxes. Alistair is the younger brother of our old Men’s Captain, Pete Stewart, a legend in SCSBC history and consequently Alistair works extra hard to make sure he lives up to the hype. With his can-do attitude and the presence of a much taller man, he has already had record success in cox recruitment this year.

Treasurer: Jas Tredget

Jas really does have all the experience needed to be the boat club treasurer; with previous Audit placements working for some big names (e.g. Deloitte), we are lucky to be able to draw on this fountain of financial knowledge. A second year at Cuths, she spent her first year rowing for the Senior Women’s squad and has definitely found love in SCSBC.

Sponsorship and Media Secretaries: Tom Triffitt and Seb Dooley

Although Tom no longer rows, he became invaluable to the boat club last year due to his irreplaceable talent for graphic design and media sense as last year’s S&M Secretary. A fourth year Physicist, he started at SCSBC as a fresher and rowed for 3 years, reaching his peak in the Men’s HoRR 2013 crew. He is known for rowing when he wants, rowing when he wants, an incident at DARC after a night in Newcastle, arm days in the gym and rowing when he wants. Dislikes: leg day.

Seb is 6 ft 6 with great hair and 20/20 vision. A fourth year, he studies Natsci, although also majoring in Physics. More commonly known as ‘The Cord’, he enjoys doing Hatfield steps, squatting, dead lifts and is more commonly seen these days coaching the Senate squad after his success in their BUCS crew in previous years. Due to his height, Seb started out as a DUBC fresher in his first year and will never let you see the end of his DUBC stash.

Social Secretary: Allie Macfarlane

The big hairy man shouting in the background, Allie is hard to miss. Having done his undergrad at Glasgow University, where he learnt to row, Allie has previous experience rowing in colder climes. After joining us last year whilst doing an MA in English lit, and remaining with us for his PhD, Allie is still keen to beat Edinburgh University when they come down to Tyne, and remind everyone of the time Glasgow beat Durham when they came North of the Border. He is one of the friendliest and most organised members of the boat club and makes sure there is always a craicing social to look forward to. With plans for a ceilidh in spring term, he will make this a year not to be missed for its socials.

Boatman: Andy Bridgman

A member of SCSBC for the past two years, Andy has definitely taken more than just rowing from the boatclub. Passionate, and knowledgable about boats and with a strong background in fixing sailing dinghies, Andy learns from his mentor J-L and makes sure our boats are perfectly maintained day-to-day. A third year Physicist, Andy has a technical mind and will go undoubtedly far. He is also nearly the best erg sprinter in the club; with a bit more work, he could be the very best.

Regatta Secretary: Lucy Iball

Lucy is a fourth year Chemist and has dedicated herself to rowing over her time here. With more wins and rowing achievements than can possibly be listed, Lucy captained the Women’s Squad last year to numerous victories and the most successful year for the Women’s squad in recent times, with accolades including setting the fastest time ever recorded for a Cuths Women’s crew at WEHoRR. She has rowed not only for SCSBC, but also for the senate crew and for DUBC all at the same time. Given this spectacular array of triumphs, she really is great at taking minutes at meetings and making sure the boatclubs keeps up with all the paperwork rowing has to offer.


Captain of Boats: John-Luke Wilkinson

As a veteran rower, J-L has a vast knowledge and expertise of boats and rowing. His dedication and commitment to the Boat Club has been demonstrated while training for Henley in the Men’s VIII last year, while sweeping in tankards, medals and trophies from numerous victories

Senior Men’s Squad Captain and Regatta Secretary: Seb Dooley

More commonly known as ‘The Cord’, Seb’s enthusiasm and experience make him the ideal Men’s Captain. Having previously rowed with DU and our Men’s Henley crew, Seb plans to ensure the men’s squad continues to put in solid performances with the aim of winning many more trophies this coming year. His dedication to the Boat Club also suits him well to the role of Regatta Secretary, where he is in charge of entering our crews into races, sorting out all the logistics of getting our crews to events and making sure they are ready to race.

Senior Women’s Squad Captain: Beth Kazmierski and Lucy Iball

Beth and Lucy have rowed together on numerous occasions creating a great partnership between them; both of them have won various races over their rowing careers. They aim to improve the way the women’s squad works and hopefully build on the achievements of this year.

Men’s Novice Development Officer: Adam Wilson and Ivor Green

Adam has had many years of rowing making him one of the most experienced freshers. He hopes to bring new training methods from his Celtic roots and introduce them to the new batch of fresher rowers. Ivor’s unique personality and enthusiasm make him suited for this role; he aims to pass on his knowledge from training with the Senior Men’s VIII to the newcomers. No doubt that these two will ensure the best training is given to everyone.

Women’s Novice Development Officer: Caitlin Helmers

Caitlin has been rowing with SCSBC for over a year now and also rows with her club at home. She has spent most of that time training in the Senior Women but has also had a lot of experience with coaching, coxing and subbing into with our Novice Squad in her first year so feels right at home making sure the Novice Women get their training. Additionally she intends to support the Women’s Social rowers and move forward integration with Senior training so that the new rowers can learn from those in the Senior Squad with more experience!

Head Cox: Ellie Phipps and Emily Greenaway

Having coxed many crews of various levels for both men and women, Ellie and Emily have a decent amount of coxing experience between them. They aim to provide rigourous training and a warm welcome to all new coxes.

Treasurer: Cat Conquest and Ffion Roberts

These two Mathematicians are well suited to the job of Treasurer. Cat and Ffion have been rowing for one year and have already shown their dedication to the boat club. They aim to improve on their rowing success this year and to ensure the Boat Club’s spending remains sensible and relevant for all members.

Boatman/Water Safety Officer: John-Luke Wilkinson

As well as being the Boat Club Captain, J-L has also adopted the role of Boatman with his years of mending and playing with boats. If you break a boat, he will fix it! Although you may incur his wrath…

Sponsorship Secretary/Publicity Officer: Daniel Rowbottom and Tom Triffitt

Daniel has been with the Boat Club for three years, winning various head races and regattas in both IVs and VIIIs. He has previous experience working on the Exec and knows how the boat club functions. Tom is a loyal member of the Boat Club, rowing for the last two years and has been heavily involved with the Men’s crew. They both aim to search long and far for sponsorship and to publicise the Boat Club as much as possible.

Social Secretary: Ellie Phipps and Sasha Storey

Contrast to popular belief, rowing is not just about training and outings. Ellie and Sasha will organise socials for the whole Club to attend and enjoy throughout the year. We look forward to our annual Boat Club Dinner already!

Students/staff of Durham University can get in touch with exec members through the university directory. Anyone else please email (cuthberts.boatclub(at)durham.ac.uk) stating who you would like to get in touch with and your message will be forwarded.

Click here for records of our previous captains.