The River & Rowing Museum Foundation is an independent educational charity. Our Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of Henley’s Museum. They meet regularly to review our plans and policies, and receive reports and updates from our staff. The trustees work for the Museum voluntarily to make sure we’re doing all we can to bring history and the arts to life in Henley.


Cllr Ken Arlett

Cllr Arlett’s career with both Henley Town and South Oxfordshire District Council spans nearly 20 years, and Ken currently serves as Henley’s Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Planning and Neighbourhood Plan Committees. Born and educated in Henley, Cllr Ken Arlett was one of the original Museum Trustees going back to 1991. Ken has rowed local at Henley Rowing Club, and before retirement worked in property development.

Guin Batten

Guin made history at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as part of the crew that won Britain’s first ever female rowing medal at an Olympic Games. Her international rowing career lasted 9 years, 2 Olympic Games and 6 World Championships. She is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and works for the Youth Sport Trust as Chief Operating Officer for the TOP Foundation.

Lord Michael Bichard

Michael Bichard worked in local government as Chief Executive before becoming Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency and then Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Employment. He is currently Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe.

Sandra Botterell

Sandra joined the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in March 2015 as Director of Marketing & Commercial Enterprise. After a successful career as Client Services Director in marketing agencies, Sandra moved client side, holding senior positions at Gossard, Microsoft, and Premier Inn. This was followed by 7 years as Head of Marketing, Brand & Digital at Historic Royal Palaces, then 2 years as Commercial Director for Royal Museums Greenwich. Sandra also serves as a Governor of the University of West London.

David Buckley, Deputy Chairman and Honorary Treasurer

David is a non-executive Director of Fullerton Healthcare Group pte, Chairman of SIN Capital International and a member of the International Advisory Board of SIN Capital pte. He is also a member of the Manchester University Global Leadership Board and is on the Advisory Council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Fiona Dennis

Fiona was a head teacher for 12 years before becoming an Educational Consultant. She is Life Vice President of Derby Rowing Club and has been involved in event organisation for 20 years, including Henley Women’s Regatta, and the World Rowing Junior Championships. A member of the British Rowing Council, Fiona umpired at the 2012 London Paralympic Games, and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.

Howard Jacobs

Howard has had a life-long interest in rowing, winning two Blues for Cambridge and the Visitors’ at Henley Royal Regatta. He has been Chair of the Leander Trust, and Chief Executive of the Boat Race Company. He was formerly a Partner in a City solicitors’ firm.

Glen Lambert

Glen is the Mayor of Henley-on-Thames and a technology expert. He has spent his career designing and implementing software solutions to real-world problems across a wide variety of businesses & platforms. Glen lives in Henley with his family and is engaged with many local charities & community groups. Glen has a particular interest in enhancing and promoting Henley as a vibrant place to visit and do business.

Annabel Nicoll

Annabel is the Sponsor and a Trustee of The Langley Academy Trust, in Slough which has a secondary and two primary academies: The Langley Academy, Parlaunt Park Primary Academy and The Langley Academy Primary. The Langley Academy Trust is recognised widely for its museum learning programme which aims to develop and extend students’ cultural experiences and learning through active and extended partnerships with museums. She is also a governor at Lambrook School and a Member of the Marlow Education Trust. Annabel has been a Trustee of the River and Rowing Museum since it opened in 1998 and is a Trustee of The Annabel Arbib Foundation.

Paul Reynolds

Paul is the Chief Executive of Thamesis Limited, a single-family office. He has previously held senior positions at Sand Aire and Credit Suisse and has over 30 years' banking and investment experience. Paul is a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and Chairman of the Trustees of the Bowel and Cancer Research Charity.

Thomas E. Weil

Thomas E. Weil, who rowed in Yale's 1970 Thames Cup boat, writes and lectures on rowing history. He is Secretary of the Yale Crew Association, a US National Rowing Foundation trustee and a Leander Club life member.

David Worthington, Chairman

A designer by background, David was Managing Director of Conran Design Group from 1996 to 2007, since when he has pursued a non-executive career, including chairman of Holmes & Marchant, the international consumer branding experts. He is a long serving Trustee of the London Transport Museum, Governor at Ravensbourne College and past Chair of CCSkills, the Sector Skills Council for the creative and cultural industries.

Louise Wymer

Louise, an entrepreneur and Veuve Cliquot Business Women Award year finalist, founded Catering Academy in 2004 an award winning Catering Business that was sold in 2016. An active rower on the masters rowing circuit who has been involved in rowing for 25 years competing for England and a HRR finalist. Louise is a committee member with Henley Women’s Regatta.