The Durham Regatta Committee dates back to the Regatta’s inception in 1834, although today Durham Regatta is run as a limited company.

Structure and purpose

In 2011, the trade and assets of the Durham Regatta Committee were transferred to Durham Regatta, a private company limited by guarantee. The members of Durham Regatta are drawn from local rowing clubs, schools and universities, as well as local government and other members of the Durham community. All members, as well as the directors and executive committee, give their time and service free of charge.

Directors

The company is run by nine directors, four of whom are appointed directly by the company. The remaining five are from the founding members of the Regatta: Durham Amateur Rowing Club, Durham University, Durham School and Durham County Council (which appoints two members).

Whilst the directors are responsible for the legal governance of the company, their main role is to develop and implement a long-term strategy.

Executive committee

An executive committee manages the Regatta, and are responsible for organising, running and ensuring the continuation of the Regatta. They also promote rowing generally, focusing on rowing in Durham City. This includes providing support to schools, rowing clubs, colleges and the public. The Chairman and Secretary of the Executive Committee also serve as two of the company’s directors.

The Executive Committee report to the members of the company at least four times a year, with additional meetings held in the four months leading up to the Regatta.

Committee members

Directors

  • Dr N. van Zwanenberg
  • Mr J. Lamb
  • Dr R. Mortimer
  • Mr C. Curtis
  • Mr Q R Sloper
  • Mr B. Hudson, Durham Amateur Rowing Club
  • Mr K. J. McLaughlin, Durham School
  • Mr T. Collins, Durham County Council
  • Mrs M. Plews, Durham County Council

Executive Committee

President Mr D. Stewart
Chairman Dr N. van Zwanenberg Email
Treasurer Mr J. Lamb (interim)
Secretary Mr J. Lamb Email
Entries Secretary Dr R. Mortimer Email
Sponsorship Secretary Mrs D. Mortimer Email
Safety Committee Mr D. Robinson
Welfare Officer Mrs S. Wheeler Email
Site Manager Mr A. Curtis / Mr. C. Bell Email
Press Officer Mr A. Jaggard Email
Equipment Officer Mr M. Ruddell & Mr B. Titterton
Volunteer Co-ordinator DCR Captain
Chairman of Race
& Technical Committees
Mr C. Curtis

If you are interested in filling a vacant position, please contact the Regatta Secretary.