Our Committee

Our committee is made up entirely of volunteer parents who give up their scarce free time to help run our club for the benefit of us all.

If you need to contact any of them please remember that we are not a faceless company and that the club is able to exist and function due to the good will of the mums and dads of the swimmers in the pool.

Chairman

My children have been swimming at the club since 2007 and I have been Chair of Orpington Ojays since 2016. My previous role on the Committee was Welfare Officer. Two of my four children swim in Platinum squad and the eldest is a Level 2 qualified coach. Both of my Nephews also coach at the club, so as you can see it’s a family affair for us all. I work with some fantastic people on the Committee and the coaching side whose hard work and enthusiasm enables the Club to continue to grow from strength to strength.

chair@orpingtonojays.com
Helen Magee-Brown

Club Secretary

As Club Secretary I am responsible for arranging monthly Committee meetings and writing minutes for approval by the Chair, arranging the annual AGM and election of Club officers. There are a number of additional administrative roles which I also cover, such as, arranging the licensing required for Club Championship and our Open, gatekeeper of the Club Constitution and insurance certificates, involved in any club contractual matters and liaison with the Club Coaches. I have a daughter, who swims in Top, having recently joined from another local club. I am training to be a qualified judge (Level J1) which means officiating at licensed galas (from time keeping, stroke and turn judging). I also am a qualified FA Football Coach and manage a local U16 team (which I have been doing since 2009) as well as providing support and assistance at Bromley & Blackheath Athletic Club. I am usually around at various gala’s and am always happy to discuss matters which may be of concern.

clubsecretary@orpingtonojays.com
Paul Leng

Gala Secretary

As Gala Secretary, I provide a central point of contact for communication about open galas run by other clubs & team events. I provide information to athletes, coaches and parents about appropriate galas and ensure all entries are submitted within the time scale provided by each open. As part of this busy role, I work alongside the Head Coach to ensure each open meet has the required number of coaches and team managers on poolside to support the swimmers at each competition. Part of my role as gala secretary is to work with the Head Coach in organising teams to attend each team event that Orpington Ojays takes part in throughout the year, for example, Kent Junior League, White Horse League and National Arena League. My daughter has been swimming competitively since the age of 9 yrs but started out in mother and baby swimming lessons 15 years ago. Since joining the club she has worked her way through the squads and is now in top squad. As a member of the Orpington Ojays team, you will always find me on a Monday evening at the Walnuts manning the desk located at the back of the seating area if you have any questions. I can also be found at each pool that top squad are training at if you are unable to reach me on a Monday evening.

competitions@orpingtonojays.com
Lorraine Harden

Membership Secretary

As Membership Secretary I'm responsible for maintaining the club members records including ASA membership, communicating club information to members and ensuring payments are up to date. I liaise with parents and swimmers regarding club matters such as trials and squad moves, and I am the first point of contact for enquiries to the club. If there's anything I can't answer then rest assured I'll be engaging the right people in the background. I've been a member of the Masters Squad since 2009 but don't currently have any children in the club as they're too young - perhaps some future Ojays swimmers! Whilst most of you probably won't see me around I try to be fairly responsive to emails so any queries or notifications are dealt with in a timely manner.

membership@orpingtonojays.com
Andrea Richardson

Ordinary Member

As an ordinary member I do any ad hoc jobs the Committee require me to do. I have been with the Club since my daughter joined tadpoles in 2007. I became trophy secretary in 2012 and club secretary in 2017. My main role this year is in providing a smooth handover of the club secretary role and helping out on other ongoing issues. My daughter swam in every squad and has now become a coach herself.

Berenice Napier

Ordinary Member

Whilst I originally joined the committee back in 2009 as Social Secretary, my current primary role on the committee is to manage our pool time. This includes our training schedule, additional training and our own galas. Pool time anywhere is really hard to come by so trying to find additional time is a challenge! I also pick up lots of other things like organising the progression of our officials, organising club champs and opens and ordering club kit for Kent’s and Regionals. I’ve been with the club since 2005 when my daughter joined and currently have a swimmer (Callum) in top squad. I swim with masters and am a qualified J2S judge which means I can judge, start galas and referee at level 4 galas (our Club Champs).

Mandy Baronti

Social Secretary

As social secretary, my role is to organise all the social events for the swimmers and their parents. The biggest of these is the annual club presentation evening which is held to celebrate our swimmer's achievements in the club championships. The events held give our swimmers and parents an opportunity to meet and mix with other members from different squads and money raised from these gatherings are put towards further social activities. My daughter joined Orpington Ojays 3 years ago and now swims in top squad. Many of you will know me from my emails or from ticket sales on Monday nights when events are being held, but also I will often Marshall on poolside at galas.

MIchelle O'Neill

Treasurer

After spending many years as a football coach and Treasurer of Orpington FC, I was persuaded by the Chair (my Wife!) to leave football behind and join the chlorine filled world of swimming. I became Treasurer of Orpington Ojays in 2016. My work background is in Investment Banking, however, I am currently working and training at Croydon College, whilst studying to become a Maths Teacher.

Malcolm Magee-Brown

Trophies and Awards

I purchase and sort out medals for galas throughout the year. The busiest time is around Club Champs and Presentation evening. Collecting the trophies in, getting the coaches to decide who will be awarded them for the following year, then getting everything engraved and polished for the swimmers. I’m also a Team manager for our league galas and often seen marshalling the swimmers at other events. I was a member of Orpington Swimming Club many years ago and swam until the age of 16. Now a social swimmer with masters on a Monday night. My 3 children, who all started as youngsters at the club, have worked their way through the squads and are now in top squad.

Julie Strover

Welfare Officer

My role involves all aspects of safeguarding and protection of young people within the Club and implementation of the ASA Wavepower policies and procedures. I write and update policies relating to welfare issues and also all codes of conduct. I ensure that all volunteers and members of staff have the correct documentation including up to date safeguarding and DBS certificates. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime for anything concerning welfare. As well as my Welfare role, I also collate and provide documentation every year to Swim England in order to gain SwimMark accreditation for our Club. Formerly known as Swim21, SwimMark accreditation is Swim England’s quality standard for clubs. This accreditation is given to clubs that maintain high standards of coaching, welfare, equity and management. It confirms that a club provides the right environment that ensures the welfare of members, and encourages everyone to enjoy their chosen sport. I am also a Team Manager for League galas and am training to become an official (J1). I have a daughter in Top Squad and a son in Gold Squad.

welfare@orpingtonojays.com
Elena Herbert