The 2018/19 Committee
Cambridge Dive Team is supported by dedicated committee members, elected into posts at the annual general meeting held each year. They work in their spare time to help the club run smoothly and make CDT a successful diving centre.
Complete details of the committee roles are set out in our full committee roles guide (PDF).
The president is the club's figurehead and liaison between Diving Development Officerss, the committee, pool management, the East Region ASA and Cambridgshire ASA and City Council.
Sharyn retired from competitive diving to become volunteer Head Coach of the diving section of the City of Cambridge Swimming Club. When the new Parkside Pools opened with dedicated diving facilities Sharyn raised funds to initiate a professional programme, and in 2004 founded the Cambridge Dive Team with its first full time paid Head Coach, James Etherington. Sharyn steered the Club through its first ten years as Administrator and Treasurer before taking on the President's role. She is a judge, referee, County diving secretary and a member of the East Region Technical Diving Committee. As President she aims to use her experience to provide leadership and offer advice on club, county and regional issues, to represent the club and to provide support to coaches and other club officers.
Away from the pool and paperwork Sharyn enjoys walking, the fresh air of skiing and the peace and calm of scuba diving and also likes to pretend to be fit (unfortunately not true! - Sharyn). She has been involved in diving for a very long time.
The chair is responsible for the overall running of the club. The role involves managing meetings and any disputes as well as making sure the club is secure financially and complies with legal requirements about how it is run.
Allan is a keen squash player and has recently completed his first half marathon. He has been part of CDT for over ten years as both his sons have been enrolled in the Dive Team programme. His dream is to go on an "around the world trip" someday.
The secretary is responsible for club correspondence, taking and recording minutes of Club meetings and providing notification to members of the AGM. Most of the communication with the wider membership is done by the Administrator.
Rebecca has been involved with the CDT since October 2012, as a chaperone, team leader and photographer. She grew up in rural Australia (Tasmania) and has been developing her creativity recently by doing an Art Foundation and running after school art clubs for primary school children.
Treasurer, Membership Officer & Club Administrator
The treasurer is responsible for the financial accounting and transactions of the Dive Team and Learn to Dive. They must also prepare budget reports and for audits.
The membership officer maintains the records of all members, distributing and collecting ASA registration forms and submitting annual returns to the ASA.
The Club Administrator is a paid position appointed by the club and the role has no voting rights.
Helen has taken on the administration of the Learn to Dive programme and assists with the organisation of the competitive programme. She is also the club treasurer.
Helen has experience in business management and administration. She has spent several years abroad in the United Arab Emirates and Dubai as a finance and facilities manager and business operations manager. On her return to England she has set up a web based business offering selected holiday rentals in Dubai.
Helen lives in Ickleton. Both of her children swim with City of Cambridge Swimming Club. She is a former county badminton and tennis player and enjoys playing the piano and cello.
The welfare officer is responsible for safeguarding child welfare. They have control of DBS checks for coaches, teachers and parents.
Caroline has had a connection with CDT for over a decade, having had family members participate in both LDT and squad teams, becoming a friendly face to all. She now plays a key role within the club committee acting as our Welfare Officer: one of the core roles. Her background in teaching has enabled her to support and educate the club in various ways, allowing CDT to be a safe and fun environment. Caroline loves anything to do with chocolate & knows how to drive a tank!
The disability officer's role is to make diving more accessible and safe to disabled children and adults.
Kevin has been involved in sport from a young age and has experience ranging from running facilities to sports development. He has also undertaken a variety of roles with different clubs including coach, secretary, treasurer and now is the disability officer for CDT, supporting both the club and individuals to be able to benefit and enjoy diving. Kevin is a regional qualified diving judge and also assists Andrew with Dive Recorder at internal events. He represented Kenya in the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games!
The competitions officer organises the club's annual competition calendar with the head coach as well as ensuring correct personnel are available for chaperoned trips. They also organise officials, medals and trophies for club events.
Annie has been on the CDT committee for six years; her daughter Frankie joined the Mighty Minis in 2011. She is a regional qualified judge.
Annie used to be quite fearless in her younger years, having bungee jumped off the 111m Victoria Falls bridge and white-water rafted grade five rapids, both in Zimbabwe, and also completed a tandem skydive in rather less glamorous Lincolnshire. She is now happy to watch Frankie jump great heights, from the safety of the balcony.
The club kit officer organises, publicises, sells and orders club kit. They also oversee the maintenance of stock levels and manage the kit budget. Any orders of kit should be placed directly through the online Club shop.
Michaela is a qualified swimming teacher who first got involved with the club when her daughters started in Learn to Dive five years ago. Last year she took part in her first triathlon and recently completed her second (and last!) half marathon.
Public Relations Officer
The public relations officer organises ways of promoting the profile of the club, such as creating media reports for local news reporters. They also control the club's pool noticeboard.
Seb has been part of Cambridge Dive Team for over ten years, joining as a young diver competing at national and international events for the club. He was the divers' rep for the committee for two years and is also a qualified level two coach in diving, often coaching LDT and squad sessions. Seb takes on the role of PR Officer whilst studying for his degree in architecture. He loves anything to do with pasta so student life suits him well.
SwimMark is Swim England's accreditation system which ensures that approved clubs are well run and comply with the up to date guidelines, good governance and the latest legislation. The SwimMark officer's role, very broadly, is to organise and oversee the audit and action planning of the SwimMark process within the club.
Sarah is the SwimMark coordinator for the club. Her daughter has previously dived with CDT for five years and during that time Sarah appreciated how much goes on behind the scenes.
The divers' representative communicates the views of the club divers to the committee.
Elora has been diving for eight years as part of Cambridge Dive Team and has progressed from Learn To Dive to the National squads. She has represented the club in many regional and national competitions as well as taking part in the international club training trips. She is currently working towards her Level 1 qualification in diving.
Present the masters divers' views at committee meetings, whose needs are often different to those of the younger divers. The masters training squads within CDT are for members over the age of sixteen who want to learn how to dive and compete as national masters events.
Zena has been with the club for eight years, diving and coaching in the LTD programme. Outside of diving she is training to become a paramedic with the ambulance service.
Executive members assist in the general running of the club, supporting in all different areas as needed. They represent the views of divers and parents to the committee.
Andrew has the added responsibility of being our chief DiveRecorder administrator, whereby he sets up the competition scoring and recording system for club and county dive competitions. His greatest claim to fame is his appearance on "Blockbusters" in 1982 and his favourite film is Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's "A Matter Of Life And Death" (1946).
Mat attends the monthly committee meetings and provides support to members. He is Simon Cowell's first cousin once removed, which makes him famous (once removed). He is also a professional brick counter.
For some of the positions, the committee officer is supported by a subcommittee who help with tasks required. These members do not need to attend the monthly committee meetings but are encouraged to meet with the lead committee member when appropriate.
Social and Fun Raising
Lead by: Joss Herd
- Sandra Lock
- Clare Chapman
- Gemma Gordon
Lead by: Seb Jaunzens
- Clare Chapman
- David Board
Lead by: Richard Bowers
Lead by: Michaela Cowell
Lead by: Annie Webb
Lead by: Helen Preston
Lead by: Andrew Graham