Annamarie Phelps, MA, was appointed Chair of the British Horseracing Authority in 2019 following 5 years as Chairman of British Rowing.
Annamarie has been actively involved in rowing for over thirty years after taking up the sport whilst an undergraduate at St John’s College, Cambridge. She enjoyed a successful international rowing career representing Great Britain at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, competed in World Rowing Championships between 1991 and 1995 as well as the Commonwealth Regatta in 1994. She was World Champion in 1993 in the lightweight coxless fours.
As Vice Chair of British Rowing 2002-2013, she oversaw safeguarding, anti-doping, governance and equality policies across the sport. She has championed safeguarding for adults in sport on the Sport & Recreational Alliance Steering Group, as Vice Chair of the British Paralympic Association 2013-2018 and later as independent chair of the national Safeguarding Adults in Sport Strategic Partnership. In 2016-17 she chaired the Independent Review into British Cycling and co-authored ‘Integrity in Sport: Mapping the UK Landscape,’ 2020. Annamarie is the Deputy Chair of the British Olympic Association and currently serves on the IPC Legal and Ethics Committee, the IOC’s Olympic Education Commission, and the boards of European Rowing and the Head of Charles Regatta. She was awarded a CBE for services to rowing in 2016 and is an Hon. Fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge.
Beyond sports, Annamarie is a decorative arts and design specialist and author of several books on the subject. Annamarie is married to Olympic oarsman Richard Phelps, Class of 1983, and their three children are Latymerians.