The Council of Queen Mary Sailing Club is elected on an annual basis at the AGM which is normally held in September.
The Council represents the interests of Club Members, provides direction, strategy and oversight to the Club Secretary and his staff, and acts as the Board of Directors of the Club.
Current Council Members are:
Sophie Jezierski, Commodore
Sophie has been a member at QM for 15 years or so and has served on the Council as a member, Rear Commodore and Vice Commodore. She is particularly interested in working with members and staff to ensure QM continues to develop, with members' interests at heart, and to offer high quality social and competitive sailing to the wider local and national community. With her husband, Marek, she sails an RS400 at QM and a Hawk 20 at Brancaster Staithe. "My two daughters refuse to get in a boat with me." Sophie is a Race Officer.
Richard Steele, Vice Commodore
Richard joins us with a wealth of small business experience. Richard has also been a sailor since his school days, & a member of QMSC since 2004, sailing Laser 2000, RS400, & latterly Xenons, amongst others. Richard is an active member of both Sailability & Saturday club groups, as well as Bloody Mary support team. Richard also sails & races offshore yachts with various friends.
Bob Joce, Rear Commodore
Bob is Vice Commodore and Chair of the Sailing Committee. He enjoys racing an RS400 on Sundays and Wednesdays plus occasional open meetings. He is also a keen on cruising along the south coast and Channel. He is an RYA Regional Race Officer and undertakes race officer duties at QM for both club races and open meetings. Bob has previously raced and sailed in various classes including 420, Laser 2 and Buzz.
Alison Benz, Rear Commodore
Alison has enjoyed dinghy sailing for many years, and most recently, teaching her children to sail. She is a Youth Group Coordinator at Queen Mary and is keen to promote youth sailing within the club.
Neil Beaton, Honorary Treasurer
Neil is a Flying Fifteen sailor and a Race Officer. He has been associated with the Club for many years and is a past Commodore.
Tony Bishop, Club Secretary
The Club Secretary role is a paid position and is the General Manager of the Club. Tony's sailing history stretches over 30 years and started in the front of his Dad's Merlin Rocket aged 7. He has sailed a wide variety of dinghies from Optimists to Laser 4000s and most recently with his wife in an RS400. He is also a keen big boat sailor and has competed in Cowes weeks, Round the Island races and holds the Yachmaster Offshore qualification.
Andrew Craig, Council member
Andrew joined Queen Mary over twenty years ago as an associate sailing member and windsurfer. Since then he has spent more time on the water in dinghies ranging from a Laser to an International 14. He is particularly interested in helping those new to the sport develop the skills to become self sufficient which has led to the start up of the Queen Mary Saturday Club. Another interest is in race handicapping and he works with the RYA and other clubs on this. Commodore from 2011-2014, Andrew was previously Chairman of the Sailing Committee and he is also a Race Officer.
Paul Schroeder, Council Member
Paul has been a Club member for over 20 years and currently sails a Tasar. Paul is a race officer and for a couple of years held the position of Commercial Manager at the Club. He is Chair of the Facilities Committee where his focus is on the development of the Clubhouse and the facilities offered to Club members, visitors and course participants
David Bithell, Council Member
David is a QM Select member and actively involved in the Saturday Club. He enjoys sailing a Laser
Mike Farrie, Council Member
Mike was introduced to windsurfing following several years of dinghy sailing. After a season teaching windsurfing in Greece, he became completely hooked and has since windsurfed around the world including Australia, Spain, Thailand, Morrocco, Egypt and of course Queen Mary which he rates as a fantastic facility for all levels of windsurfing.
Chris Stanton (left), Council Member
Stephen Fowles, Council Member
Mark Handley, Council Member
Paul Johnson, Council Member