After nine years at The Boat Race Company Limited, Julia Lindsey will be leaving at the end of November.
Ann-Louise Morgan has been appointed as Race Director and will start in her new role on 3rd December. Ann-Louise will oversee all aspects of The Boat Race around the organisation, sponsorship and logistics.
Ann-Louise, who comes from Bradford, began her career at the British Universities Sports Association (1992 - 96) organising domestic and national championships across a range of sports. At the 2000 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Sydney she was employed as part of the Spectator Services Team. Once back in the UK she was appointed at Welcome Ceremonies Manager for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
Since 2003 she has worked within the world of rowing, first as Event Manager for the 2005 Rowing World Cup and the 2006 World Rowing Championships. Following this she spent 5 months with FISA in Lausanne, working with the Organising Committees for that season's international regatta programme.
In 2007 she was appointed as LOCOG’s Rowing Manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. This involved 14 Olympic events, with 550 athletes, and 4 Paralympic events with 108 athletes.
Commenting on her appointment as Race Director, Ann-Louise said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining The Boat Race Company Ltd. To be involved in such prestigious and historic events as The BNY Mellon Boat Race and The Newton Women’s Boat Race is a real honour. I’m looking forward to bringing my experience from organising international rowing events to the Races and working alongside the sponsors and stakeholders to deliver an outstanding event for the athletes, spectators and supporters."
Speaking of the upcoming changes, Chairman of BRCL Robert Gillespie said: “On behalf of BRCL and both Oxford University Boat Club and Cambridge University Boat Club, I’d like to thank Julia Lindsey for her tremendous contribution to The Boat Race over the last 9 years. Julia has played a pivotal role during her time as Race Organiser and we wish her every success in the future. We are delighted to welcome Ann-Louise to her new role as Race Director. Ann-Louise brings a wealth of experience in managing large-scale events and her background with rowing events, in particular, will be of immense value to both Boat Races, especially when we consider that we shall be adding The Newton Women’s Boat Race to the day on The Tideway in 2015 .”
The 2013 BNY Mellon Boat Race will take place on 31st March 2013. The Newton Women’s Boat Race will be raced at Henley a week earlier, on 24th March.