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The Laburnum Boat Club is a community-based boating project by the Regents Canal in South Hackney.

A voluntary organisation managed by local people, it aims to provide opportunities for the personal development of children, young people and their families in the local community through participation in a range of water-based activities.

“to be a positive force for changing lives in a safe and supportive environment"

Staff Team
Management Committee
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Marnie Collins

I have lived and worked in Hackney all my life. Teaching swimming to as many people I could. I love it here.

I was a teenager at Laburnum Boat Club and am now very proud to be on their committee.

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Kumar Kotecha

Independent consultant and University academic with expertise in Teacher Training, Youth & Community Work/Study, Management & Leadership, Third Sector & Social Enterprise and Criminal Law

Bruce Logan

Seconded in 2006 to the Board to represent UBS, a long-term supporter of Laburnum Boat Club and still on the Board many years later.


Background in Business, Project and Programme Management, which I contribute to the club through a focus on strategic and financial planning.


Love the friendly atmosphere, how inclusive the club is and can confidently state that the club has the most unique AGM I have ever attended.

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Julian Putkowski

Julian Putkowski, military historian (retired), b. 1947; Hackney resident since 1980; joined LBC Management Committee in 1987.

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Malcolm Stewart

Malcolm Stewart is a retired Architect. After their three sons grew up, he and his wife
Sheila, a retired Nursery Nurse, fostered babies whilst social services supported their
parental care or until the courts advised on adoption. Malcolm also served on the fostering
and adoption panel of a local authority.
He has always had an interest in boat history and canals and enjoys dinghy sailing, rowing
and boat restoration. As a member of Canals in Hackney User’s Group, he promotes using
funds and facilities to support Laburnum Boat Club.

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