Who are the Committee?

The committee are elected at the AGM each year, however if you wish to get involved with the region, please contact us as we are always looking for volunteers to help support what the region does!

You may wish to contact any of the committee below directly by email if you have a specific enquiry.

However if you are not sure who to contact,

please use the ‘Contact Us’ page, or email info@bfaeastern.org

Executive Committee

Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis

Chair

I started to learn to fence at school in 1960 and I do not think I have stopped learning. After leaving school I joined the Ilford fencing club then Salle Boston and had Steve Boston as my coach for some years. I moved  to Cambridgeshire in 1980 and joined the Huntingdonshire Fencing club, which I still belong today as their treasurer and head coach. I also now coach at Anglian Ruskin University in Cambridge. I took my coaching qualifications in all 3 weapons in the early 1990`s with the BAF. I was County Chair for some 17/18 years through the 1980`s/1990`s. I became very interested in refereeing and have been qualified for coming up 20 years. I have now qualified in all 3 weapons. My interest took me to serve on the BFA REFCOM  (Referees committee) for about 3 years. I joined the Eastern Region Committee in Jan 2013 as referee development officer and have been involved with the region ever since. I was elected chair at the AGM in October 2015.

Michelle Narburgh

Michelle Narburgh

Secretary

Debbie Porter

Debbie Porter

Treasurer

I am a (non-fencing) Mum of three who works part-time as a Finance Manager and I started volunteering for Eastern region in September 2015 as social media manager, then took over events when the organiser, at the time, decided to step down which I do with help from a small team of volunteers of mainly non-fencing parents. In December 2017 I also took over the treasurer position because this is my background and stood down from the social media role. Alongside this I support my son’s fencing club as a parent helper.

I do love doing what I do. I hope that I make a difference to the sport participation by keeping the events going and there is a bonus that I have made a lot of new friends along the way, which is great!

As with many fencing parents, I spend a lot of time travelling with my son to support his fencing journey.

Luke Hewerdine

Luke Hewerdine

Media Officer

I’ve been fencing just over 5 years now. I started fencing in Lincoln, but since moving to Norwich for University, UEA Fencing has become my primary club. I compete, referee, and coach. My preferred weapon is sabre, but I do enjoy foil and epee too!

Sarah Pallier

Sarah Pallier

Welfare Officer

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Alison Beard

Alison Beard

Development Officer

I am a non-fencing mum of two girls. My younger daughter started fencing at an after school club and her passion grew from there. I started volunteering in 2017 as Secretary for the Eastern Region Committee after seeing a handwritten sign at one of the competitions asking for volunteers to help. I was hesitant as i didn’t really fancy hanging around in sports halls for hours on end but the Secretary role didn’t need me to be at the competitions which was a relief!

In 2018 I took on the Development Officer role and passed the Secretary Role to Michelle.

I love feeling that I’m helping, even in a small way, to increase participation in the sport.

Voting Co-Opted Positions

David Cook

David Cook

Winton Cup Manager & Cadet Winton Cup Team Captain

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Referee Development Officer

Non-Voting Co-Opted Positions

Chris Lennon

Chris Lennon

Senior Winton Cup Team Captain

Ananda Ojeda

Ananda Ojeda

VETs Winton Cup Team Captain

Michael Rance

Michael Rance

Regional Newsletter Officer

County Representatives

Malcolm Mather

Malcolm Mather

Norfolk

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Steve Morley

Steve Morley

Suffolk

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Cambridgeshire

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Matthew Rose

Matthew Rose

Hertsfordshire

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Heather Clarke

Heather Clarke

Essex

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Silvia Brown

Silvia Brown

Bedfordshire

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