The Senior Executive

Siobhan Cassidy

Blue Boat 1995, Homerton College

Siobhan Cassidy

Awed by the Boat Races of the late 1970’s,  on a very grainy tv, Siobhan was inspired to row and once she found the sport aged 14 at Bedford High School has been involved with it ever since.  She is honoured to become Chair of the Club in May 2018 working with a dedicated volunteer team and highly professional Coaching team to support our amazing students.  She studied Biology at Queen Mary and proudly wore purple for University of London Boat Club and rowed in Light Blue whilst studying for a PGCE at Homerton College in 1995.
Siobhan  enjoyed an early career combining rowing and teaching which has culminated in now being involved in a number of volunteer roles within rowing at both school and university level.  An experienced fundraiser and successful at building successful relationships between rowing and external stakeholders. Outside of the club, Siobhan has a busy home life with her husband Adrian and six children.

Dr. Mary Hood

Senior Treasurer


Joan Lasenby

Dr. Joan Lasenby

Senior Member

Joan is currently a reader in the Signal Processing Group of the CU Engineering Department and a Fellow of Trinity College. Her research is mainly in the fields of image processing, computer vision and computer graphics, with particular emphasis on optical motion capture and analysis of 3D motion. She is an ex-Blue in cross country, twice winning the Varsity Match, and also athletics. She still competes, but these days mainly against the old ladies.


Blue Boat 1993 & 1994, Pembroke College

Dr. Cath Bishop

Performance Advisory Group, Former Chair

Having learned to row at Cambridge, Cath was World Champion in 2003 and Olympic Silver medallist in 2004. She is the former Chair of CUWBC (2014-2018). Away from CUWBC, Cath has worked as a Foreign Office Diplomat (2001-2013), and is now a Leadership Consultant & Speaker (2013-).

Her current focus on the Executive Committee is on Performance and Coaching (member of Performance Advisory Group) working with the coaches to support the performance programme.

Katie Klavenes

Alumni Events


Sarah Langslow

Alumni Communications


Fiona Macklin

Fiona Macklin

Alumni Events Support
Fiona joined CUWBC in her second year at Cambridge and raced for the lightweights that year (2014). Studying languages, she had to take a year out but there was no doubt she wanted to return to race in the open weight Boat Race which she did in 2016.
Fiona is currently working for the University as College Relations Project Manager, working with all 31 Colleges and the central office to enhance collaboration and find ways to work more efficiently as a Collegiate University.
“CUWBC was utterly transformative in my time at Cambridge, so I feel honoured to remain so connected to the club and to help drive the club forward on a different level.”
Pat Marsh

Dr. Pat Marsh

Former Chair



Annamarie Phelps CBE

Former Chair


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Blue Boat 2011, 2012 and 2013,
Gonville & Caius College

Fay Sandford

Lightweight Boat Races & Performance Advisory Group
Fay has been part of the Executive Committee since 2013, she brings her enthusiasm and passion for the club and rowing to the table. Fay sits on the Henley Boat Races (HBR) Committee, responsible for delivering the Lightweight Boat Races each year.
When at Cambridge, Fay represented the Cambridge Blue Boat in 2011, 2012 and 2013. She then moved to Thames RC and then Fulham Reach BC, to balance rowing, city hours, the more social side of rowing – and her commitments to the CUWBC. Fay has recently traded oars for rugby boots and currently plays for Richmond FC.

The Junior Committee


PhD Zoology, Emmanuel College

Abigail Parker


Abigail is a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Zoology. She conducts research on the evolution of reptile body size over the past 66 million years based in the University Museum of Zoology. Her research is supported by the Harvard Herchel Smith Postgraduate Scholarship at Emmanuel College. Her past work in paleontology includes analysis of the habitat distributions of fossil horses.

Abigail has been racing since 2010, when she began rowing for The Winsor School in Boston, USA. As an undergraduate, she rowed for Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew at Harvard University, where she was the team co-captain in her final year. During her 8 years rowing on the Charles River, she claimed a Head of the Charles victory, US Club National Championship medals, and sculled at US under-23 national team trials. Joining CUWBC in 2017, she was in the winning Trial Eights boat and won the spare pair race at the 2108 Boat Races.


Natural Sciences,
Pembroke College

Emma Andrews

Vice President

Emma is a third year Natural Scientist at Pembroke College, specialising in Physics. She has lots of experience of tideway conditions, having learnt to row there age 13 at Putney High School, where she was also Captain of the Boat Club.

She arrived at Cambridge as a fresher, and has now done two seasons with CUWBC in the Blondie crew, beating Osiris in the reserve boat race by 13 and 9 lengths the last two years. Her Blondie line ups have also produced incredible results at Women’s Head of the River, 7th and 8th overall, and more recently she was fastest non qualifier in the Stonor Challenge cup at Henley Royal Regatta 2018.


Jessica Godden

Lightweight Captain