Coaching Team

Andy Nelder - Head Coach

OUWBC is delighted to announce Andy Nelder will take on the role of Head Coach for the upcoming Boat Race season.

Andy has been coaching in Oxford since September 1997 and has been involved in The Boat Races since autumn 2001 where he was Headf Coach of the Oxford University Lightweight Rowing Club (OULRC). Andy then moved to be Assistant Coach at the OUBC where he has worked with Sean Bowden for the past 11 years. 

Jamie Kirkwood - Assistant Coach

Armed with a wealth of rowing experience and knowledge, Jamie joins the club after four years of full time rowing with the GB Rowing Team on their road to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Throughout his own successful rowing career, Jamie garnered a number of accolades competing at multiple U23 European, World Cup and Senior World Rowing Championships whilst also becoming a World Champion in the lightweight four. 


An Imperial College Boat Club alumni, Jamie is a sports science graduate and competed for Roehampton University at the European Rowing Championships winning a silver medal in the LM1x, World University Rowing Championships in the LM2x on top of numerous BUCS gold medals along the way. Jamie also has a number of other ‘Overall' wins at Events such Scullers Head, Pairs Head, Fours Head and 2 Henley Royal Regatta Medals to his name.

Commenting on his new role Jamie said; "I’m tremendously excited and honoured to have been appointed Assistant Coach at such a wonderful club and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve with the women come The 2017 Cancer Research UK Women's Boat Race. Drawing on my own personal rowing and coaching experience I hope to be able to transfer my skills in a way which will assist our crews to achieve the success Oxford expects."

As Assistant Coach, Jamie will provide the OUWBC squad with vital support for The 2017 Cancer Research UK Women's Boat Race, as well as National Trials and summer regattas. He will also have specific responsibility for coaching Osiris, the OUWBC Reserve Crew.

Chief Coach Ali Williams believes Jamie will be a real asset to the OUWBC training programme. “I’m absolutely delighted to have Jamie assisting me this year. He was a successful athlete in Team GB and I’m sure his experience, passion and real energy for rowing will have a hugely positive impact on our squad, helping us on our journey to The 2017 Cancer Research UK Women's Boat Race.”


Support Team

Medical Team

OUWBC has a comprehensive medical team working with them throughout the year. This team works hard to try and prevent injury and illness and to promote the idea of ‘the healthy athlete’. Where injury does occur there is an excellent network of professionals on hand to ensure rapid and complete recovery.

The medical team includes physiotherapists, doctors, nutritionists and sports massage therapists.

PhysiologistFilipe Salbany

Support Staff

A number of other staff support the squad throughout the year from their offices at the Fleming Boathouse

BoatmanAusten Dorey
Opertations ManagerCaroline Bramhall-Clay
Finance AdministratorLiz Strudley