Cowes RNLI Lifeboat Station

Our People

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Cowes Lifeboat Station is run entirely by volunteers from all walks of life. We have doctors, a pilot, office workers and even a globe maker! Our crew are relied upon by sailors and users of the Solent 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

You can read more about our crew, by clicking on the internet icon underneath their name!

Launch Authorities

The Launch Authorities take it in turns to be ‘on duty’ 24 hours a day – they are in charge of the lifeboat when it’s on dry land. When the pager goes off, they authorise the launch of the lifeboat.

Mark Southwell
Lifeboat Operations Manager
Day Job: Retired Customs Officer
Dave Lewis
Deputy Launching Authority

Day Job: Workboat Skipper at Kingston Marine Services, East Cowes

Steve Dines
Deputy Launching Authority

Day Job: Sem-retired/part time HGV Driver, Steve Porter Transport.

Penny Maclean
Deputy Launching Authority
Day Job: Retired health visitor
John Mason
Deputy Launching Authority
Day Job: Client Manager for a UK IT communications company
Annie Simkin
Deputy Launching Authority

Day Job: Biomedical Scientist, St. Mary's Hospital.

Nick Edwards
Deputy Launching Authority
Day Job: Professional Photographer
Harry Leslie
Deputy Launching Authority
Day Job: Retired Senior Coastguard Officer

Station Officers

The people listed below each run, or assist in running, their own bit of the station!

Barry Myland
Visits Coordinator

Day Job: Retired Royal Marine

Paul Brace
Mechanic
Day Job: LGV Driver
John McBride
Mechanic
Day Job: Team Leader at Wightlink Ferries
Dave Davies
Boathouse Manager
Day Job: Retired shop manager for London Camera Exchange
Will Matthews
Admin Assistant

Day Job: Outdoor Activity Instructor

Andrew Poppe
Chaplain
Day Job: Vicar of Cowes
George Chastney
Press Officer

Day Job: Retired journalist, formerly Chief Reporter, IW County Press and Public Affairs Manager, Isle of Wight Council

Anne Dines
Treasurer
Day Job: Finance and Administration at Cowes Harbour Commission
Hugh Robotham
Chairman

Day Job: Retired, previously at Building Control, Isle of Wight Council

Irene Conroy
Administration Officer
Day Job:
David Hembury
President
Day Job: Retired
Dr. Will King
Medical Adviser
Day Job: Consultant Radiologist at St. Mary's Hospital
Peter Rutter
Deputy Medical Adviser

Day Job: Surgeon

Tony Reeve
Coastal Safety Officer

Day Job: Team Manager, Miss Isle School of Sip Puff Sailing. https://www.missisle.org.uk/

Training Team

The Training Team look after all the training needs for our station. Our Training Coordinator plans all our training session and our Trainer/Assessors train and assess our crews in the vital areas of saving lives.

Annie Simkin
Lifeboat Training Coordinator

Day Job: Biomedical Scientist, St. Mary's Hospital.

John Mason
Lifeboat Trainer/Assessor

Day Job: Client Manager for a UK telecommunications company.

Mark Harker
Lifeboat Trainer/Assessor

Day Job: Programmes Manager: Asia/Americas/Europe, HSBC Private Bank.

Adam Wilson
Trainee Lifeboat Trainer/Assessor

Day Job: Senior Watersports Instructor, UKSA.

Lifeboat Helms

The Helm is inĀ overall command of the lifeboat once it touches the water – they coordinate the crew, and make sure the lifeboat carries out the rescue successfully and safely.

Laurie O'Callaghan
Helm
Day Job: Deck Officer at the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)
Neil Archer
Helm

Day Job: Able Seaman, Red Funnel Ferries

Mark Harker
Helm

Day Job: Programmes Manager: Asia/Americas/Europe, HSBC Private Bank.

Jason Hughes
Helm
Day Job: Commercial Property Development
Myles Hussey
Helm

Day Job: Leakage Engineer

Ady Stothard
Helm
Day Job: Production Manager at Wild Island
Adam Wilson
Trainee Helm

Day Job: Senior Watersports Instructor

Lifeboat Crew

The Crew are the ‘work horses’ of the lifeboat! They do all the jobs onboard – driving, organising ropes, administering first aid etc!

Chris Adams
Crew

Day Job: Globe maker, Lander and May

Will King
Crew
Day Job: Consultant Radiologist at St. Mary's Hospital
James Luke
Crew

Day Job: 'Master Inventor', IBM

Robin Ponikowski
Crew
Day Job: Pilot, British Airways
Libby Finch
Crew

Day Job: Portfolio Manager, Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Mark Crook
Crew

Day Job: Aircraft Fitter, GKN Aerospace

Lizzy Fitzsimmons
Crew
Day Job: Owns local sailing school 'Salty Sailing'
Alison Smith
Crew

Day Job: Veterinary Nurse

Mat Randall
Crew

Day Job: Commercial Skipper

Andy Stretton
Crew

Day Job: Concierge, Fountain Inn

Jack Banks
Crew

Day Job: Solicitor, Construction Industry

Penny Jeffcoate
Crew

Day Job: Engineer, Sustainable Marine Energy (sustainablemarine.com)

Andy Bond
Crew

Day Job: Estates Surveyor

Shore Crew

The Shore Crew launch and recover the lifeboat, clean it and organise the paperwork while the shout is ongoing. They also assist with casualties when they are brought ashore and help give Casualty Care (first aid)

John McBride
Shore Crew
Day Job: Terminal Controller at Wightlink Ferries
Will Matthews
Shore Crew

Day Job: Watersports/Outdoor Activity Instructor

Tony Reeve
Shore Crew

Day Job: Team Manager, Miss Isle School of Sip Puff Sailing. https://www.missisle.org.uk/

Lisa Guy
Shore Crew
Day Job:
Roger Guy
Shore Crew
Day Job:
Peter Rutter
Shore Crew

Day Job: Surgeon, St. Mary's Hospital

Julie Drew
Shore Crew

Day Job: Driving Instructor

Rob Lee
Shore Crew

Day Job:

Olivier Kuhl
Shore Crew

Day job: Physiotherapist, St. Mary's Hospital

Louise Laughton
Shore Crew

Day job:

Sophie Bluestone
Shore Crew

Day Job: Media

Jean-Marc Bonello
Shore Crew

Day Job: PHD Student

Lizzie Baker
Shore Crew

Day Job: Radiographer

Paul Baker
Shore Crew

Day Job: Yacht Builder, Specialist Projects

Dave Farmer
Shore Crew

Day Job: Senior Staff Nurse, St. Mary's Hospital

Andrea Vaughan
Shore Crew

Day Job:

Ryan Fletcher
Shore Crew

Day Job: Able Seaman, Red Funnel Ferries

Coastal Safety Team

The Coastal Safety team are there to give advice to locals and visitors alike, whether that be a quick talk about the tides, a check of your lifejacket or a check of your boat. Think they can help? Get in touch!

Tony Reeve
Coastal Safety Officer

Day Job: Retired Yacht Broker. Working with Natasha Lambert and the "Miss Isle" team

Graham White
Coastal Safety Adviser

Day Job: Retired Engineer

Jane Reeve
Coastal Safety Adviser

Day Job: Solicitor

Visits and Education Team

The Visits Team are vital in our lifesaving work – not only do they show visitors around the station, they also go into schools and other groups, delivering the important safety messages, as part of our Respect The Water Campaign.

Barry Myland
Visits Officer
Derek Whitewood
Visits Team
Hugh Robotham
Visits Team
Jennifer Hastings
Visits Team
Judy Ottoway
Visits Team
Julia Mainstone
Visits Team
Geoff Brown
Visits Team
Lynne Fowler
Visits Team
Robin Lenox
Visits Team
Lou McHale
Visits Team
Karen Melson
Visits Team
Jane Reeve
Visits Team
Graham White
Visits Team
Kate Jones
Visits Team
Terrie Latimer
Visits Team