Sir David Tanner, CBE

Former Performance Director, British Rowing

Sir David was educated at Abingdon School where he gained rowing colours for the Abingdon School Boat Club. Sir David’s first career was as a teacher. He followed this at the same time involving himself deeply with rowing. He first achieved a place in the vanguard of British rowing when he coached a team of 4 inexperienced boys from Ealing Grammar School and took them through to medal success in the World Championships and to a bronze medal in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Sir David was deputy headmaster at Greenford High School in Ealing from 1986 to 1987 before he took a post as headmaster at the former Longford School in Feltham, Middlesex from 1987 to 1996.[1]

In 1992 he was appointed team leader to GB rowing for the Olympic games of that year. Following the 1996 Olympic games Sor David was appointed, with the support of lottery funding, a full-time position of Performance Director to GB rowing.

2002 saw the introduction of Sir David’s initiative to find new rowers. Called “Start” it recruited half of the 10 Olympic champion rowers in the 2012 games.

He announced on 15 December 2017 that he would be standing down from his post of Performance Director at the end of February 2018.