Committee Members 2017-2018

Chairman - Jim Hawkins
Vice Chair - Michelle Greenwood
Secretary - Maxine Kavanagh
Ladies Captain - Kellie Gage
Men's Captain - Brian Jarvis
Junior Coordinator - Andy Grimmett
Junior Captain -

Recreational Captain - Josef Myszka
Membership Coordinator - Philip Thompson
Treasurer - Paul Kavanagh
Welfare Officer - Vicky Nolan
Social Secretary - Joanne Pickford
Liaison Officer - Clare Sedgewick
Water Safety Officer -
Ordinary Members - Michelle Greenwood, Nicola Cheesman, Neil Martin

 Committee Member Profiles

CHAIRMAN & Water Safety Officer

Julie Paillin

I  starting rowing in 2007 and rapidly became fixated with the sport. It took a while to convince me to enter a race, but after that amazing buzz (and a pot as the other crew crashed) I was hooked. I lost my sculling novices with LBC at Bewdley Regatta in a double in 2009 and my sweep oar novices with Leicester RC at St Neots in 2011 in the ladies eight.  I  began coaching juniors in 2010 and I am now a professional Level 2 British Rowing coach for Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College. I have completed grades 1-5 of UK Skate (Ice skating) which was fun and I enjoy research my family tree.  I still compete when I can, having  completed last year and beaten the course record at Boston Marathon 2012.  I also took part in the wonderful Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant and would love to do more touring and rowing abroad whilst being a full time Mummy to Phoebe (aged 5 ) & Elizabeth (aged 2). After having Elizabeth I quickly got back into the double and with my new doubles partner Vikki and quickly went from strength to strength having my best season 2014/15 and Oarswomen of the year. I started also racing my wooden single too with some success and racing a pair for the first time. This years challenge outside of rowing is learning to Ski which I am thoroughly enjoying alongside setting up my own business.

I am one of the founder members who along with Neil Martin and Nicola Cheesman set up the club and I now look forward to guiding the club as Chairman over the next year. 


 Mens Captain

Andy Grimmett

My first experience of rowing was when I saw a flyer for the Devil’s Elbow Row4Fun novice event in the Spring of 2013.  I entered with a crew of running/cycling friends with high expectations of a win due to our high levels of fitness.  However, after our first training session with the Devil’s it was clear that there was a whole lot more to rowing than just fitness and being tall but we stuck with it, thoroughly enjoyed the event and I got completely bitten by the rowing bug despite losing in the final!

I am now proud to be the Captain of the Men’s squad.  We currently train twice a week on the water and supplement this with the ergo (rowing machine) and other fitness sessions.  There are opportunities to train and race in different types of boat from the awesome combined power of a coxed 8 (just like the famous Oxford vx Cambridge boat race), to the grace and balance of single sculls and everything in-between.

We welcome experienced rowers and complete novices alike, offering coaching that can get someone from complete beginner to their first race in a matter of months.


Women's Captain

Kellie Gage

I started rowing in Spring 2012 after my ex colleague Nicola persuaded me to come down to Devils Elbow.  I've always wanted to try it and I've been told that my height would be awesome in rowing so I'm giving it a go. After a tricky start, I've mastered the basics and raced at Burton Head. We didn't win but it gave me the drive to want to win and train harder and longer. I love rowing, should have tried it years ago. I have met so many lovely people as well, we are a great club, it is a very sociable club. 

I lost my Novices in Rowing at Stourport Regatta in a Ladies 8, and this year at Burton Regatta lost my sculling Novices in a Coxed Quad.  My achievements include completing the Ore Stone Challenge in May 2015, a marathon on the sea in a Quad.

I took on Ladies Captaincy in November 2014 we had a fantastic year with many wins in the squad.  I am now in to my second year as Ladies Captain and I am looking forward to the future with the squad.

We are looking forward to welcoming more Ladies in to the squad this year with the three Learn To Row courses we will be holding, the first being the 9th January 2016. 


Nicola Cheesman

I always thought that rowing was an elite sport and something I could never get involved in.

How wrong could I have been!

I first started rowing when I turned 30 as a way to get fit and since I have competed at many levels and in many different types including Multi lane, River, Coastal, in many locations across UK and Europe.

As founder member and the 1st Ladies Captain of DERC I have seen the club grow from 3 members to over 50.


My Greatest moments with Devil Elbow RC

Fastest Quad in Boston Marathon (record still unbeaten in 2015)

Marseilles to Cassis Races

World Coastal Championships 2014 - Greece

Ore Stone Challenge 2015 in horrendous conditions

Over 22 Regatta parties so far


As one of the founder members I am proud of what we have achieved and can't wait to see the next chapter of the club develop.


Brian Jarvis


‘It’s all my daughter’s fault! 

Beth was inspired by the performance of the British rowers at London 2012 

(especially the gold medals for Glover/Stanning and Watkins/Grainger) and decided she wanted to give the sport a go. As a bit of a ‘helicopter Dad' I decided to tag along and got hooked straight away. 

I’ve played various sports at different competitive levels - athletics, rugby, cricket - but rowing poses challenges like no other. The combination of physical and psychological demands alongside the technical complexities can be quite daunting, but also immensely rewarding when things go right! 

Learning the sport at Devils Elbow has been great. We’re a small, friendly and ambitious club and whatever your age group or ability level if you’re keen on giving rowing a go you’ll find a supportive environment with us. Rowing will give you the chance to get seriously fit, the opportunity to travel in the UK and abroad, to compete seriously, or simply enjoy new experiences (sea rowing, night rowing, fun/fancy dress rowing etc.).

I am currently the co-ordinator for the Juniors at Devils Elbow and happy to answer any queries about opportunities for new rowers aged 11-18.’ 


Position Vacant



Philip Thompson

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I’ve always had an interest in rowing, but never quite got round to doing anything about it. It was the Olympics that finally spurred me on. Reading an article on the internet about Glover and Stanning’s first gold for Great Britain at London 2012, I was tempted to follow the link to ‘find your nearest rowing club’. Fully expecting to see one of the Derby clubs, I was intrigued when it came up with Devil’s Elbow. I’m so glad it did because it’s such a fantastic location and they’re such a great group of people that I couldn’t imagine rowing anywhere else.



Paul Kavanagh

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Abby Turner

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Social Secretary

Vicky Nolan

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Claire Sedgewick


Ordinary Member

Matt Gibson

After a 10 year break from watersports Julie persuaded me to join the learn to row course in April 2015, I never really expected to get the buzz I used to get whilst racing behind formula 2 powerboats, but after the initial rowing course I was hooked. Jooles took me under her wing and we trained hard, getting me in to a position to race within a couple of months. We raced Burton Regatta first and lost. But we upped the training and to get our first win together at Stourport . I was pushed hard and it's payed off we did the Great Ouse half marathon which was a massive achievement. I've also won my first head race at Burton all in the space of my first season. Rowing will take over your life. If you have a competitive nature and are prepared to put the time and effort in the rewards are massive. 

Happy rowing


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