Meet the Team
Amanda James (Chairman)
As the elder daughter of the founder of the Green Diamond Club, GD events have been a big part of my life since the day I was born!
I live in Winchester with my husband, Chris, and Golden Retriever, Albert, both of whom are active members of the club! Chris and myself have two grown up daughters, Amie and Lottie.
I enjoy snow ski-ing, water ski-ing, sailing, tennis and swimming as well as drinking Gin and Tonics!
Outside of the Green Diamond Club I run a small company specialising in Overdue Accounts.
Nigel Pay (Treasurer)
Nigel is a retired Film industry professional with a life long passion for getting wet. An accidental meeting with a member of the Hammond clan resulting in being strong armed into Green Diamond Club membership in 1982 and he has never been allowed to look back. Nigel has enjoyed every facet of GeeDee life over the years and four decades of playing with whatever the club has that floats has filled his photo albums with amazing memories of family and friends and his enthusiasm remains undiminished to this day.
Nigel served as Special Events officer in the 1990’s and sailed an early leg of the Round Britain in a Wayfarer jaunt, getting wet again in the process.
Euan Stokes (Membership Secretary)
Hello, my name is Euan Stokes and I am the Green Diamond Club's Membership Secretary. I am originally from Edinburgh and via a quick stint overseas in Hong Kong I now live in South West London. Until very recently I worked for the NHS in various London hospitals, including King's College Hospital, as a Radiographer and I now work for Siemens Healthcare.
I managed to be coerced into this position and to joining the club by Amie James after living with her for two years. But now find myself very much enjoying both the social, and sporting, Green Diamond Events. I hadn't been involved with water sports since school but forgot how much fun they can be. If you would like to join the club or know someone who would like to join then please drop me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Amie James (Special Events)
Hello, I'm Amie and my involvement started in the club from an early age. Each year I have been on several Green Diamond weekends, and now I am delighted to be part of the Committee as the Special Event Officer. In my day-to-day life, I work as the PA and Office Manager to the CEO of a Property Development company, and I live in South East London. I regularly play tennis and enjoy socialising, and ski when I can during the winter months. I look forward to being part of the future of the Club as it is such a great opportunity for all those involved.
Lottie James (Water skiing section leader)
Having been born into the Green Diamond Club, I have enjoyed many happy summer weekends water skiing, sailing and on the canal boat. I continue to have a love for water skiing and as a Water Ski and Wakeboard Instructor, I really enjoy introducing new people to the sport.
Now based in South-West London, I work in HR for a winter ski company and enjoy keeping busy by socialising, playing tennis and baking.
David Kavenagh (Canal Boat section leader)
Kav (David Kavanagh) has been a GD member since 1984 and ran the water ski section when it was based at Cosgrove. As a seasoned GD canal boat deck hand, bottle washer, cook, mechanic and latterly skipper, he feels he’s well placed to take over Tara’s stewardship and to make sure your trip on the GD flagship (some might say gin palace) is as enjoyable as possible.
Recently semi-retired, Kav spent 25 years selling complex software solutions to global financial institutions; technologies he readily admits he didn’t really understand. He still does a bit of sales consulting for tech companies and when he’s not working, he’s a got a share in a small aircraft and likes to go flying when the domestic jobs list doesn’t have ‘pto’ scrawled at the bottom of the piece of paper it’s been written on.
John Varian (Technical Officer)
I joined the club to go skiing at Crans Montana in the 1960’s and enjoyed many ski holidays with the club.
This led to reunion Sailing weekends and as a club qualified skipper teaching many people to sail.
My role is to give Technical support to the club boating activities like the canal boat.
Steven Morris (Website coordinator)
I was introduced to the club by Robbie Stringer & Chris James, via their school friend Ali Tate. My first experiences of GD activities were: cruising on Blackthorn with Robbie in charge, skiing as part of Liesl's chalet guests & sailing in Chichester Harbour with Robbie & Oliver. I was hooked, & I have now been an active member for years, mostly canal cruising. I am delighted to have been voted into my new role as web coordinator & all members are invited to contact me should you want something added to the site or to ask questions about the site.
In my day job I am a freelance photographer & videographer, based in London, but I work all over the world.
To contact me CLICK HERE to add website content or ask questions about functionality
Heather and Tim (Secretarial Team)