The Committee is where the future direction for RBBC takes place. It is run by members on a voluntary basis and all RBBC members are invited to get involved. Typically we meet once every 2 months.

If you love to get your sleeves rolled up and really enjoy feeling part of something – then do consider joining us.

Listed below are details of the Committee and Working Group roles.  The committee year typically runs from October, with elections taking place during September

Take a look and if you’re interested in any of the positions, just complete the quick form.

Committee Roles

Chair

The chairperson’s main role is to co-ordinate the management of the club for the benefit of the members.

He / she is the club figurehead and shall be the person most responsible for steering the club and ensuring best and safe practice on and off the river.

Be focused on the committees expressed vision for the RBBC.Ensuring that the overall objectives are not deviated from at the expense of any short term gain.

Responsibilities: Liaison with club secretary to plan and organize committee meetings and ensure all current issues are covered and recorded / circulated.

Work with the club treasurer to prepare and monitor annual budgets. Chair committee meetings (or delegate to others) and be diplomatic and smooth over differences as and when they arise.

Have the casting vote on decisions if required.

Encourage members to take an active part in running the club.

Help recruit new members for the committee.

Deal with complaints in accordance with RBBC constitution and BR procedures.

Help to promote the club and liaise with external organisiations including BR and TTRA as examples.

Work closely with affiliated clubs such as the Bench Blisters.

Try and write funny speeches!

Club & Membership Secretary

To Co-ordinate and minute the Committee Meetings.

To ensure that membership lists are up to date and accurate.

To notify members re renewals and payments.

To report to the Committee re membership trends

To be the initial point of contact with Taster rowers and liaise with rowing Coordinator.

To liaise with rowing Coordinator re Taster rows.

To determine reduced rates in case of hardship and for group or corporate membership.

To liaise with Treasurer re payments made and due.

Treasurer

To manage club funds and budgets for projects, namely managing, tracking and creation/payment of invoices and expenses.

To produce financial reports both annually and for Committee meetings, with event profit/loss breakdowns.

To authorise emergency spends based upon sufficient funds and urgency.

Rowing Co-ordinator

To run, create and manage the daily rows taken by the club. These should reflect the requirements of the membership and be as inclusive as possible.

Facilitate private rows for those members that wish to take out a boat.

Manage resources and ensure that boats are appropriately co-ordinated between club, S4S, private rows, training rows, coaching courses, club trips or outings and maintenance; whilst taking into account the requirements of their owners (where boats are not owned by the club) or any restrictions on those boats.

Liaise, and keep good relations with Richmond Bridge Boat Houses over the use of boats and pontoon space. Also to notify the boathouses in advance of the club’s use of boats.

Ensure that boats are accessible and welcoming to taster rowers and new members.

Liaise with the Bosun over boat damage and scheduled maintenance.

Liaise with the H&S Co-ordinator over the provision of lights and safety equipment.

Liaise with the Events Rowing Co-ordinator over the requirements for external events.

Manage rowing bookings.

Draw up the weekly lists of crews and boats and liaise with the Comms Team over their publication.

Liaise with the Membership Secretary over tasters, new members and leavers and use this information to validate the weekly sign ups and protect club revenue.

Whilst facilitating rowing as per the policies and practices of the club: to use discretion to ensure that the policy framework never acts to the disadvantage of members, where possible to provide opportunities to rowers and above all keep things fun.

Training Co-ordinator

To create training courses and refine the training of the membership with an aim to continuously develop the rowing skills of the membership

To identfy key areas of weakness or training needs and development training courses, films or other material to address the requirement within the club, e.g: Cold Water Immersion Training; Learn-to-Row course (only when the club stops accepting tasters weekly and uses courses like this to bring in new members); Intermediate (skills improver) courses for rowers; Coxing courses, First Aid, Advanced rowing technique.

Encourage attendance at courses and for rowers to develop their skills and confidence.

To work with external bodies to provide training “know-how” in areas where the expertise does not exist in-house, i.e.. First Aid.

To create all training materials as a published set of course text, presentations or film that can be delivered by other qualified club members.

To keep updated all current course materials and ensure that they represent current legislation and best practice.

To develop skills sharing opporunities with other clubs and organisations.

To explore revenue opportunities from the provision of courses outside of the RBBC

External Rowing Liaison

To liaise with all other agencies that have an interest in the River, rowing and the environment and ensure RBBC is properly represented.

Ensure that the right messages are heard in the right way by those we share the river with and rely upon.

Develop the club in line with local and national rowing schemes.

Health & Safety Co-ordinator

The single point of responsible for writing and maintaining all H&S advice.

Ensuring the club has adequate and proportionate levels of insurance in place for all club activities (both rowing and in the club house).

Ensuring that H&S issues are dealt with in an efficient manner and any necessary communications to members or third parties on compliance are issued.

To ensure that communications on rowing safety and expected behaviours are updated to all club members, guests and tasters for rowing.

Ongoing and regular maintenance check for all safety equipment and compilation of check list sheets for life jackets, lights, fire equipment and first aid kits.

IT Manager

As the RBBC becomes one of the most advanced rowing clubs along the Thames, the committee has recognised a new role of IT Manager to keep our members (and committee) safe and connected.

The role is responsible for many projects, including fixing, optimising or transforming the following:

  • Management and further development of the RBBC App. This incudes liaison with the App developer (Glofox) and the online store (which will be added to the App)
  • Setup and further rollout of e-payment and accounting platforms (Stripe / iZettle / Xero)
  • Workflow and process for member / taster row and event bookings and membership payments
  • RBBC social media presence (Facebook / Instagram)
  • RBBC website updates, hosting, maintenance and security
  • RBBC domain name management
  • Email and content sharing platforms (Gmail / G Suite / Dropbox)

This is a newly created role and we are looking for somebody to establish a framework and elevate the clubs IT capabilities.

Marketing

Management of RBBC website – adding updates

Management of RBBC event communication through mailchimp, facebook and the app

Management and production of RBBC print marketing materials

On-river events

To organise the club’s external rowing activity and internal competitions such as Eel Pie Race, Tick Tock, Round the Islands, Picnic Rows, Midnight Rows, etc

To advertise for crews and enter boats into the races and ceremonial rows run by the TTRA and British Rowing. Ensure that all appropriate event information is communicated to the crews.

To organise club entries and registrations into the GRR:  to enter the available boats and arrange boat tows to/from events.  Set participation fees and penalties for dropping out.  Advertise for crews and use a fair and impartial means of assigning crews and boats.  Communicate all race information to the crews as soon as available.  Ensure the boats are on the tow on Friday night prior to race by attending collection of boats in person.

Organise the Eel Pie Row extending external invitations to other clubs as well as arranging teams for RBBC members.

Co-organisation of “Round the Islands Race” with pontoon liaison for external entries, pontoon management on the day; coxes briefings; putting together RBBC crews.

Liaise with the Treasurer over the payments expected/received from items 1,2 & 4.

To organise training and practice rows for items 1,2,3 &4.

Seek to expand the opportunities open to the club and its members by finding new opportunities to row, e.g. Vogalonga or events in other parts of Britain.

To liaise with the Rowing Coordinator over use of resources.

Governance

Managing club governance and complaint procedures, ensuring best practice standards are adhered to.

Membership Representatives (2)

Liaise with club members on important communications for and about the club.

Acts as point of contact for members to give ideas, make complaints, or feedback comments about their club membership and experience.

To proactively seek out new members and use local events as a way to recruit new members, i.e. Richmond May Fair; GRR; initiate RBBC Club recruitment days and co-ordinate volunteers to assist in recruitment.

To ensure that any member issues, concerns or ideas are properly communicated to the committee.

To ensure that committee feedback is given to members in a timely manner.

Working Groups

On-river events

To help organise the club’s external rowing activity and internal competitions  such as Eel Pie Race, Tick Tock, Round the Islands, Picnic Rows, Midnight Rows etc

To advertise for crews and enter boats into the races and ceremonial rows run by the TTRA and British Rowing. Ensure that all appropriate event information is communicated to the crews.

To organise club entries and registrations into the GRR:  to enter the available boats and arrange boat tows to/from events.  Set participation fees and penalties for dropping out.  Advertise for crew and use a fair and impartial means of assigning crews and boats.  Communicate all race information to the cresa as soon as available.  Ensure the boats are on the tow on Friday night prior to race by attending collection of boats in person.

Organise the Eel Pie Row extending external invitations to other clubs as well as arranging teams for RBBC /BB members.

Co-organisation of “Round the Islands Race” with pontoon liaison for external entries, pontoon management on the day; coxes briefings; putting together RBBC crews.

Liaise with the Treasurer over the payments expected/received from items 1,2 & 4.

To organise training and practice rows for items 1,2,3 &4.

Seek to expand the opportunities open to the club and its members by finding new opportunities to row, e.g. Vogalonga or events in other parts of Britain.

To liaise with the Rowing Coordinator over use of resources.

Clubhouse events

Organisation, management and promotion of RBBC Clubhouse events

Training team

Assisting training coordinator to:

To create training courses and refine the training of the membership with an aim to continuously develop the rowing skills of the membership

To identfy key areas of weakness or training needs and development training courses, films or other material to address the requirement within the club, e.g: Cold Water Immersion Training; Learn-to-Row course (only when the club stops accepting tasters weekly and uses courses like this to bring in new members); Intermediate (skills improver) courses for rowers; Coxing courses, First Aid, Advanced rowing technique.

Encourage attendance at courses and for rowers to develop their skills and confidence.

To work with external bodies to provide training “know-how” in areas where the expertise does not exist in-house, i.e.. First Aid.

To create all training materials as a published set of course text, presentations or film that can be delivered by other qualified club members.

To keep updated all current course materials and ensure that they represent current legislation and best practice.

To develop skills sharing opporunities with other clubs and organisations.

To explore revenue opportunities from the provision of courses outside of the RBBC

Bosun team

This is a small team of people responsible for all boat repair and boat maintenance.

The head of the bosun team acts as the single point of contact with external boat repair and boat purchasing providers to ensure control on invoices and acts as project manager for all new boat projects.

Funding

Identifying funds that could be tapped into and determining the best stance to take re charity/social/community sporting club status.

Communication & IT

To assist with all RBBC events promotion through the App, website, mailchimp, facebook and clubhouse.  Helping the IT manager

Bar

Planning the ordering, set up of barrels and pumps, cleaning beer lines, previous bar experience would be helpful. Help serve behind the bar during events

Facilities

Maintaining the clubhouse and planning better storage

RBBC Shop

Managing and sorting RBBC shop orders once  a month

*The chairman reserves the right to amend or remove roles.

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