Posted: 22 December, 2023

After more than 13 years with Scottish Rowing, including 10 as Chief Operating Officer, Amanda Cobb has today announced her intention to retire in Spring 2024, at the end of the current financial year.

Scottish Rowing will shortly begin a recruitment process to appoint Amanda’s successor.

Since joining Scottish Rowing in 2010, Amanda has overseen a period of significant development, growth and professionalisation of the sport as well as leading the response to the challenges and the restrictions during the pandemic, enabling the rowing community to feel connected during the lockdown period and to return to the water at the earliest opportunity.  During her tenure, funding for rowing has more than quadrupled and Scotland’s rowers have enjoyed ‘best ever’ performances on the international stage at all levels of the pathway.  She has overseen the introduction of a new discipline in Beach sprints as well as community projects in Glasgow and Ayr that are helping to bring rowing to underrepresented groups.

Amanda Cobb said:

“Rowing has been a huge part of my life first as a rower, then coach and finally professionally and I feel honoured and privileged to have been able to work for Scottish Rowing. I am proud to have played a small part in an amazing journey over the last 13 years and to have worked with such a great team of staff, Board and volunteers.  Leaving this team has not been an easy decision to make but I am confident that after working through four Olympic cycles and as we start planning toward 2029 and beyond, the time is right to retire.  Scottish Rowing is well placed for an exciting and successful future and I look forward to following the next stage of its development.”

Scottish Rowing Acting President, Alistair Neill, added:

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Amanda for her commitment and dedication over the last 13 years, guiding the transformation of Scottish Rowing.  She has built strong working relationships with sportscotland and British Rowing, as well as with various operational partners in Local Authorities and Universities in Scotland, and has enhanced the governance framework for Scottish Rowing to help ensure the continuing success of the sport. We wish her a very happy retirement.”