Cowes Lifeboat Station

Our People

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Cowes Lifeboat Station is run entirely by volunteers from all walks of life. We have a doctor, 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 decide if the lifeboat can launch.

Mark Southwell
Lifeboat Operations Manager
Day Job: Retired Customs Officer
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Dave Lewis
Deputy Launching Authority
Day Job: Berthing Master, Cowes Harbour Commission
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Steve Dines
Deputy Launching Authority
Day Job: Gardener
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Sandy Steen
Deputy Launching Authority
Day Job: Local business owner
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Penny Maclean
Deputy Launching Authority
Day Job: Retired health visitor
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John Mason
Deputy Launching Authority
Day Job: Client Manager for a UK IT communications company
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Nick Edwards
Deputy Launching Authority
Day Job: Retired from BAE Systems
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Harry Leslie
Deputy Launching Authority
Day Job: Retired Senior Coastguard Officer
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Station Officers

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

Penny Maclean
Visits Officer
Day Job: Retired health visitor
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Anne Simkin
Training Coordinator
Day Job: Biomedical Scientist
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Dr. Will King
Medical Adviser
Day Job: Consultant Radiologist at St. Mary's Hospital
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Paul Brace
Mechanic
Day Job: LGV Driver
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John McBride
Mechanic
Day Job: Team Leader at Wightlink Ferries
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Dave Davies
Coastal Safety Officer
Day Job: Retired shop manager for London Camera Exchange
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Will Matthews
Admin Assistant
Day Job: Student
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Anne Dines
Treasurer
Day Job: Finance and Administration at Cowes Harbour Commission
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Andrew Poppe
Chaplain
Day Job: Vicar of Cowes
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George Chastney
Press Officer
Day Job: Retired journalist
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David Hembury
President
Day Job: Retired
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Hugh Robotham
Chairman
Day Job: Retired
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Lifeboat Helms

The Helm is in 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)
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Alasdair Boden
Helm
Day Job: Joint owner of One Stop Sailing
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Neil Archer
Helm
Day Job: Port Operative at Cowes Harbour Commission
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Mark Harker
Helm
Day Job: International Manager at HSBC Private Bank
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Heather Boden
Trainee Helm
Day Job: Joint owner of One Stop Sailing
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Jason Hughes
Trainee Helm
Day Job: Commercial Property Development
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Lifeboat Crew

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

Chris Adams
Crew
Day Job: Globe maker
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Andrea Vaughan
Crew
Day Job: Owns local letting company Regattalets
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Will King
Crew
Day Job: Consultant Radiologist at St. Mary's Hospital
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Max Rimington
Crew
Day Job: Builds wind turbine blades at Vestas
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Laura Hodd
Crew
Day Job: Freelance Marketing Consultant
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Emma Heathcote
Crew
Day Job: Collaboration Development Manager at the National Oceanography Centre
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Harry Ralfs
Crew
Day Job:
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Martin Calmon
Crew
Day Job: Composite Design Engineer
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Piers Tyler
Crew
Day Job: Sailor
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Dom Roberton
Crew
Day Job: Naval Architect
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Anne Simkin
Crew
Day Job: Biomedical Scientist
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Carl Stopforth
Crew
Day Job: Senior Level Programme Manager in Engineering
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Ady Stothard
Crew
Day Job: Production Manager at Wild Island
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Shore Crew

The Shore Crew launch and recover the lifeboat, as well as cleaning it and organising the paperwork when the boat is on a ‘shout!’

John McBride
Shore Crew
Day Job: Team Leader at Wightlink Ferries
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Will Matthews
Shore Crew
Day Job: Passenger Vessel Crew
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Fiona Noone
Shore Crew
Day Job: Chief Officer at Red Funnel Ferries
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Adam Wilson
Shore Crew
Day Job: Watersports Instructor
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Rowena Walters
Shore Crew
Day Job:
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Poppy Stanley
Shore Crew
Day Job: Watersports Instructor
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Dominic Brown
Shore Crew
Day Job: Student
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Robin Ponikowski
Shore Crew
Day Job: Airline Pilot
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Tony Reeve
Shore Crew
Day Job:
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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.

Bob Duncan
Visits Team
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Chris Ratsey
Visits Team
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Derek Whitewood
Visits Team
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Hugh Robotham
Visits Team
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Jennifer Hastings
Visits Team
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Judy Ottoway
Visits Team
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Julia Mainstone
Visits Team
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Geoff Brown
Visits Team
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Linda Bird
Visits Team
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Lynne Fowler
Visits Team
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Barry Myland
Visits Team
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Perdy Light
Visits Team
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Clare Sztypuljak
Visits Team
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Jane Reeve
Visits Team
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Judi Keath
Visits Team
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Karen Melson
Visits Team
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