Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Stuart Donald

Head Coach


From swimming competitively (to county level) with Beckenham, Addington and Croydon Amphibians swimming clubs, Stuart has always had a passion for swimming. 

Having taught many children to swim in his spare time, he decided to make this official and gained his ASA Teachers and Coaches Level 1 qualification in 2006. This was quickly followed by achieving his Level 2 in 2007 when he joined Sutton Atlantis SC working with various squads as a part time coach.

After 30 years in the printing industry, working from an apprentice graphic artist to digital re-toucher, he was made redundant in 2009. Subsequently, he decided to teach and coach swimming full time, working for both Greater London Leisure, David Lloyd health clubs and various schools. Simultaneously, he devoted time to study for his ASA Teachers and Coaches Level 3 qualification achieving this in 2010. He went>

In March 2014, he joined Guildford City as a coach, working and gaining experience with various squads. In July 2014, he was asked to take the role of full-time head coach at Elmbridge Phoenix as part of the ‘Pathway’ between the 2 clubs.  Stuart has consequently been the Head Coach at Elmbridge Phoenix since Sept 2014 whilst continuing to work part time for Guildford City SC with High Performance and Competitive Development squads.



Glen Melson

Assistant Head Coach


Glen has been a member of Elmbridge Phoenix since 2003. He has swum competitively for 14 years, going to the National championships>

In 2015, Glen graduated from Loughborough University with a Bsc in Sports and Exercise Science. During his time at Loughborough, he swum for the university team, competing with some of the best athletes in the country.

After graduating from university, he became an ASA level 2 teacher of aquatics, as well as an ASA level 1 coach. He has been able to use his previous knowledge and experience of competitive swimming to aid both the age group and masters’ swimmers of the club. As well as working in swimming, Glen has also assisted in football. During the 2015/16 season Glen worked as a volunteer sports scientist for the AFC Wimbledon Football Academy. This role enabled him to work with individuals to improve movement patterns, and sports related skills.

Glens passion for exercise and health lead him to completing NASM level 3 personal trainer course. He now instructs the land conditioning sessions for the Seniors and Juniors, developing core strength, flexibility and mobility. In addition to this, he works in the gym with the senior swimmers to increase muscular strength and power, to improve performance.

As well as working at Elmbridge he also coaches at ACS International School in Cobham, and is a personal trainer at a local gym in Hersham. His active lifestyle has meant he can represent the club and compete at team events as well as swimming individually at counties. He hopes his sporting achievements can motivate younger swimmers to develop as athletes and encourage them to improve.

David Butler

Senior Lead Coach


Stacey Portat

Senior Coach


Sebastian Leather

Junior Lead Coach


Clara Nutting

Junior Assistant Coach


Sarah Lidbetter

Junior Assistant Coach


Millicent Eve Fantham

Junior Assistant Coach


Morgan Marcel Portat

Development Coach


Committee Members

Kathryn MacCallum



Amanda Perry



Caroline Fantham

Meets Coordinator