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Our Trustees

We are managed by a board of Management Committee members who are also Trustees (as we are a registered charity)
and Directors of the Islington Boat Club Ltd (as we are also a Company Limited by Guarantee).

May we introduce:


Simon Salem


Simon Salem Simon has spent his whole career working in public relations, marketing and fundraising. After working in tourism, and then for London Transport, he joined British Waterways in 1988 where after 20 years experience of canals and rivers, he helped to create its successor – the nation’s newest large charity – the Canal & River Trust. Simon was the Trust’s Marketing & Fundraising Director from its launch in 2012 until his retirement in 2015. Simon is also involved with Samaritans as a trustee of the South West Herts Branch and helps the Wendover Arm Trust with its canal restoration ambitions. He has studied classics, business management, psychology and is currently working on an MA in History at Goldsmiths College, London.


Lee Pollard


Lee volunteered to provide Human Resources advice to the Boat Club, and as she got to know the quality and services provided to local young people, she wanted to further support the Boat Club by becoming a trustee. Lee is an experienced senior Human Resources professional and runs her own HR consultancy company, Right Direction HR. Prior to this, Lee was the Western Europe HR Director for MetLife, a large multi-national insurance company. Originally from the US, Lee and her daughter are now happily settled residents of Islington.


John Lane MC

John Lane


Originally a secondary school English teacher, I retrained as an ILEA Media Resources Officer and subsequently gained many years of experience working in the public sector. This included a long period running Islington Media Services at Barnsbury, providing resources support to local schools and youth and community groups. I now run my own business, mainly creating teaching, learning and publicity materials for education and health services in London. I am very happy to be able to make some contribution to Islington Boat Club as I have long admired the valuable work it does with young people in the area.


Jeremy Pudney MC

Jeremy Pudney


Jeremy has lived all his working life in Islington. Now retired and living with his wife Mary in the village of Itchenor, near Chichester Harbour. He started sailing when he was twelve and most of his successful racing has been in small fast exciting dinghies. After National Service in the Royal Navy, where he rose to the dizzy heights of Able Seaman!, Jeremy started his working career in advertising and marketing. His work for the diamond company DeBeers, took him all round the world, promoting the concept and campaign ‘A Diamond is Forever’. His mother Crystal Hale was a founding member of IBC and the Angel Narrow Boat. Jeremy’s four children and six grandchildren are all mad keen sailors.


Ian Middleton


Ian is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has spent many years in senior roles with such firms as JP Morgan, Citibank and Robert Fleming. He is now a Director of his own company and continues to work within financial services. Ian moved into the area at the start of 2015 and has been very keen to become involved with a local charity. With a long standing interest in water based activity (sailing, windsurfing, fly fishing and diving to name a few) and a background in developing skills with children and young adults (20 years coaching rugby) the Boat Club provides a unique opportunity.


Islington Boat Club,
16-34 Graham Street, Islington,
London, N1 8JX
020 7253 0778.

Registered Charity 287680
Registered Company 01743087