Board Members and school's contacts

Mark Vernon - Chairman

Mark Vernon Chairman 

Mark a family man has been involved in skiing for many years especially ski r


Mark lives and works at Reed’s School in Cobham, Surrey where he runs the Exams Office and teaches Chemistry. He has headed up Ski Racing at Reed’s since it started in 2001 and is also involved with recreational ski trips and coaching rugby and cricket for the school.  He is married to Alison and has 2 daughters, Rebecca and Charlotte, who are regular racers on the schools and club circuit.

Mark has been involved with ESSKIA since 2010; recently he has managed the ESSKIA Norway Squads and was part of the ISF delegation in 2018.

Rob Robson - Vice Chair

Rob Robson Vice Chairman

Rob is Married to his wife Liz 
 who is a physiotherapist .
Rob lives and

Rob has been involved in skiing for over 40 years. He has been the technical advisor for military expeditions around the world to many countries including Nepal, Canada,Russia, South Atlantic, Pakistan to name but a few.

Rob has been with ESSKIA for some 17 years to date and has done all but two of the roles (treasurer & secretary).  He now sits as right hand person to Mark as the Vice Chair of the Board.

Sarah Campbell - Woodward - Race Secretary



Sarah Campbell-Woodward Esskia Race Secretary

01829 760438

I am Sarah Campbell-Woodward, former Esskia area representative in the North-West and currently race secretary.

I was Head of Languages at Abbey Gate College and taught German and French there from 2000 and retired in 2015. Prior to that I taught languages at Weaverham High in Northwich and other schools in Frodsham and Winsford in Cheshire.
Initially I started up a girls’ ski race team with 4 girls in year groups 7-9 and this developed into involvement at all levels of the junior and senior school. So I have some experience in the ups and downs of managing a school team. I have recently returned to the school to build up and manage the ski team and we currently have 5 teams and just under 30 pupils involved in training groups. I love the sport and encourage young people to get them out from behind their computer screens to become involved with a sport which is demanding and requires the development of so many life skills, not the least of which are resilience and determination.
My daughters, both now in their twenties, have both been involved in training with Esskia squads and my eldest daughter Lucy competed in the ISF races in Finland and has also worked as a trainer on a Junior Esskia squad training camp. I have also been active as a racer on the dry slope circuit for a number of years.


John Thompson - Treasurer



I first encountered ESSKIA when I took my son to Snowsports run by Chris Hill who was the head coach for ESSKIA. I organised all the summer race league teams for Snowsports and became the North West Area Rep for ESSKIA in 2003.My son was picked for the Junior Squad in 2000 and was with ESSKIA as a squad member and coach til 2010. In 2006 I was asked if I could take on the role of Treasurer, and have done this ever since.  In 2014 we needed a manager for the Junior squad. I have been going to Pila with them since.

Alan Edwards - Secretary

Alan Edwards-Secretary

  I am a retired Headteacher who has taken school ski trips to The Alps and the USA for 40 years. I only discovered ESSKIA 5 years ago and it has been an amazing vehicle for the development of the Kingsley School Ski Squad of 32 girls that I manage. I am passionate about giving students the opportunity to develop their love of skiing into participating at a competitive level.  Feel free to contact me if I can be of help in developing a pathway for your school  

Niaill Whatmore - Head Coach / Athlete Development Officer

Niaill Whatmore
Head Coach / Athlete Development Officer


UK Snowsports Alpine Level 4 Coach

UKCP Alpine Level 2


Niaill has been involved in Snowsports for more years than most and started skiing at the age of three.

Having come through a local club structure in the NE of England and representing the NE Ski Teams on many occasions, Niaill was selected to train and develop with the England 913 squad as it was many years ago. He even won the schools Open Championships  with his school Southmoor. 

His coaching experience is vast, working with clubs such as Ravens and Tigers Ski Development and Racing clubs for many years as a coach and head coach. Niaill was also head coach to the very successful NE team in the late 80’s and early 90’s and has be involved with Esskia at times for over 25 years. 

As the current Head Coach / Athlete Development officer for Esskia, Niaill is involved heavily in the selection processes for Esskia snow camps as well as the ISF World Schools Championships and you will see Niaill on the hill at most of our alpine events. He guided Esskia to their best all round results at a World Schools Championships in 2018 in Chamrousse.

Niaill also has other unique skills that provide many positives for our athletes. With a background in behaviour management Niaill delivers many adult education courses for a variety of colleges as part of his work outside of Esskia.