Annamarie Phelps re-elected as British Rowing chairman

Annamarie Phelps will continue as British Rowing chairman until 2021, having stood unopposed for re-election


Annamarie Phelps CBE

Annamarie Phelps CBE has been re-elected as British Rowing chairman for a second four-year term, having stood unopposed.

Phelps’s re-appointment was confirmed by the British Rowing Council, with her second term of office running until 31 March 2021.

In her role as Chairman, Phelps represents and advocates the views of the organisation and has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of British Rowing, alongside CEO Andy Parkinson.

“I’m delighted to be re-elected as Chairman of British Rowing,” Phelps said. “It’s an honour to lead the development and growth of this organisation and the sport of rowing for another four years.

“It is an exciting time for rowing, like all sports we face challenging times and we will have to be agile and ready to innovate and adapt to new ways of working. We have ambitious plans for the sport, from our community clubs to the national team, that will help rowing to flourish both across England and further afield.

“I am committed to growing a healthy and sustainable sport with the support of our dedicated staff and volunteers and look forward to working with the rowing community over the next four years.”

Parkinson added: “I am delighted to that Annamarie will serve. A second term as chairman. It is testament to the excellent work she has done over the last four years that she was elected unopposed.

“We have made huge progress as an organisation since she took up the role in 2013. I look forward to continuing our work together as we grow and develop the sport, and take rowing to a new level.”

Phelps enjoyed a successful international rowing career, representing Great Britain at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, and winning a World Championship title in the women’s lightweight coxless four in 1993.

She then went on to work as lead safeguarding officer at British Rowing for 11 years and was Deputy Chairman between 2002 and 2013. She is also a Trustee of the British Paralympic Association and was elected vice-chair of the British Olympic Association earlier this week.