Swim England London

Aquatic sports in the London region

Management Board

The Swim England London Management Board is elected every year at the Annual Council Meeting.

The board meet eight times a year to discuss strategy and direction for the region.

You can view minutes from recent Management Board meetings as well as a calendar of upcoming meetings on our governance page.

Meet the Swim England London Region Management Board

Alex HarrisonAlex Harrison

Title : Member / Chairperson
Interest : Finance / Diving
Stands Down : 2022

Alex Harrison (Dive London Aquatics Club) has been involved in diving since he was 7 years old, firstly as a diver (diving up to National Age Groups) and then as a coach, official and volunteer. Alex coaches for his Club for a number of years and began to judge, referee, announce and record at a variety of competitions, including up to National Age Groups, and for two years was placed on the FINA Diving Official’s List. As a young person involved in sport volunteering, Alex has a passion for increasing and encouraging the pathways for young people to continue their aquatic journey through volunteering and took up a place as Chair of the ASA National Youth Forum for three years. Alex has been a regional delegate to ASA Council and Regional Board member for a number of years, and spent 2 years as the Region’s Finance & Administration Chairman. Professionally, Alex works as a senior manager in the leisure industry.

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Lisa RichardsLisa Richards

Title : Member / Vice President
Interest : Swimming
Stands Down : 2021

Flo BarnesFlo Barnes

Title : Member / President
Interest : Swimming
Stands Down : 2020

Since childhood, when Flo learned to swim at an outdoor pool in Nottingham, she has always been involved with swimming in one way or another. From teaching as a newly qualified teacher in 1954 to taking on the role of Swim England London President in 2020, she has filled many roles in the aquatics world.
Like many officials it was when Flo's two daughters joined Ealing SC that her journey as an official began. Initially Flo helped with recording and was soon persuaded to take on other officiating roles, first as a timekeeper until, by 2006, Flo had qualified as a J2S. Flo continues to officiate at events and never stops learning.
Flo has been a member of the Middlesex County Executive Committee since 2003 and enjoyed a presidential year in 2012. Flo is looking forward to her year as Swim England London President in 2020.

Stewart NicklinStewart Nicklin

Title : Vice Chair (Finance)/Member
Interest : Para Swimming
Stands Down : 2021

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Ralph ShortlandRalph Shortland

Title : Member
Interest : Swimming
Stands Down : 2021

Ralph Shortland (Ealing S.C.), like many others, became involved in the world of swimming when his children started swimming lessons. Some 30+ years on and he is still actively involved in swimming management, officiating and tutoring of officials. He has served in various club officer roles and is currently a Trustee for Ealing SC, a member of Middlesex County Executive, having been County President on two occasions. He is an experienced official at Club, County, Regional and National events and is a Referee. Following his retirement from the Police Service he became a Health & Safety consultant and is the London Region representative on the ASA Health & Safety Forum. Ralph was the Regional President for 2016/2017.

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Diane GambleDiane Gamble

Title : Member
Interest : Swimming
Stands Down : 2021

Diane started in swimming, initially as an Age Group swimmer, fleetingly as a Masters swimmer and latterly as an official for almost 50 years.
She has been an active official within Croydon, Surrey and London for the past 15 years. Diane first became an official in her home County of Derbyshire in 1977, returning to timekeeping and then on to being a Judge, when her children became swimmers with Croydon Amphibians SC. She became a Referee in 2005 and joined the London Region Officials list after Regionalisation. Diane has been involved in training officials within Surrey (London) since 2007, and is an active official for Croydon, London and Surrey Schools and also organises officials for the annual Bath Cup for Independent Senior Schools. Diane was the President of London Swimming 2017-2018.

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Jackie BedfordJackie Bedford

Title : Vice Chair (Clubs) / Member
Interest : Schools Swimming
Stands Down : 2020

Jackie Bedford (Beckenham & Dulwich Dolphins) has been involved in swimming since qualifying as a swimming teacher in 1989 and her children joining Beckenham Swimming Club. Like a lot of parents who are unable to sit still for long, she soon got involved helping the club and then became an official. She is a referee and has officiated at national events.
She has been on the Beckenham committee (past president) & Kent County (past president). Currently serving on the committee of Dulwich Dolphins (President), London Schools Swimming Association, English Schools Swimming Association (Past President & Treasurer).
Jackie has also used her swimming experience to become involved in Modern Pentathlon and had the privilege to officiate at London 2012 Olympics and other international events.
She has now retired from teaching swimming at a top South London school and is still involved with schools helping with the running of their events. In between swimming competitions she travels the world with her husband.

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Peggy EtiebetPeggy Etiebet

Title : Member
Interest : Water Polo
Stands Down : 2020

Peggy Etiebet (London Otter) has been involved in water polo for over 20 years. As a player she has represented Great Britain at World and European Championships and continues to play for Otter in the top level of the British Water Polo League. She has volunteered as coach with England Talent and coached Otter to victory at National Age Group level. She has team managed a number of teams including the GB 98s and gained experience on various Otter committees. Professionally she is a barrister.

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Richard WhiteheadRichard Whitehead

Title : Member
Interest : Open Water
Stands Down : 2020

I have been involved with swimming for over 20 years. Like many people I started as a parent and soon became involved in running the club. I also qualified as an official, which I have continued and am now both a qualified swimming and open water referee. I regularly officate at all levels. In 2000 I became Essex County ASA Secretary, which I held until 2005. I was instrumental in the set up of London Region in the period 2003 to 2005 and have been a Board member and held the post of Finance Officer since the inception of the Region(2005) until September 2017.I was Regional President in 2009. I was the Swim England President for 2018/2019.

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