GOBA’s officers and committee members are elected at the AGM, normally held in April each year. Other committee members may be co-opted by the existing committee during the year in order to fill vacancies or take on new rôles. Co-opted members are normally elected formally at the following AGM. Below is an introduction to the current Committee:

Roger Lill


GOBA member for 12 years and committee member for two. Previously Advertising Officer and Vice-chair. Chair since Feb 2020. Contact Roger.

Mary Pryor

Vice-Chair & Moorings (Downstream)

Mary has rowed, sailed & motored the Ouse system since her teens. A GOBA member for many years she joined the committee in 2015. Mary has worked as a volunteer lock keeper at Denver for three years. Contact Mary.

Edwin Buttfield


Only recently moved to Godmanchester from Hampshire, member of OVRC and keeps ‘Boaty McFloaty’ at Jones. Joined the committee early 2019 and took over the role of Secretary at the 2019 AGM. Contact Edwin.

Lawrence Hill


Lawrence is a Master Mariner who served with the Shell Fleet plus Coal/Ore ships. He came ashore in the Mid-80’s and moved in to the IT industry, retiring in 2020. He has15 years experience on the Great Ouse and joined GOBA committee in 2019. First contact for members and those wishing to join. Contact Lawrence.

Geoff Sutcliffe

Moorings (Upstream)

Geoff first joined GOBA in 1980 for a few years then re-joined in 2006 when he resumed boating. Geoff joined the GOBA committee in April 2016. He is currently Moorings Officer (upstream) and liaises with Noble’s Field Trust and EA. Contact Geoff.

Michael Lazarus

Legal Advisor

Michael joined GOBA in 2000 and has been boating on the Great Ouse with his family since then. He has been a member of the Committee since 2018. Contact Michael.

Claire Davies

GN Editor

GOBA member since 2006. Joined the committee in 2020. Currently GOBA News Editor. Can often be seen out and about on their Sheerline 950, Sheer XS. Contact Claire.

Phil Thane

Membership Secretary

Former GOBA News editor. Now working on new GOBA website. Seen here piloting Seren over Pontcysyllte. Contact Phil.

John Frankham


Qualified as an electronics engineer. For 10 years every winning F1 car was designed and tested in wind tunnels John worked on. Sailor, canoeist, motor boater, Scout Leader, DIYer and house builder. John loves the outdoors – walking, cycling and (of course) boating. Contact John.

Greg Veit


Greg has many interests ranging from blacksmithing and woodworking, through to boating. He runs a local Men’s Shed charity called Sheddit and also runs a webhosting company. When he’s not busy with all this you can find him tinkering on this website. Contact Greg.