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

Joined: 2008

Day Job: Retired Customs Officer

Dave Lewis
Deputy Launching Authority

Joined: 2011, however previously crew on Cowes Independent Lifeboat

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

Steve Dines
Deputy Launching Authority

Joined: 2008, previously part of Cowes Independent Lifeboat

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

Penny Maclean
Deputy Launching Authority

Joined: 2012

Day Job: Retired health visitor

John Mason
Deputy Launching Authority

Joined: 2016?

Day Job: Client Manager for a UK IT communications company

Annie Simkin
Deputy Launching Authority

Joined: 2017?

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

Nick Edwards
Deputy Launching Authority

Joined: 2012

Day Job: Professional Photographer

Harry Leslie
Deputy Launching Authority

Joined: 2010

Day Job: Retired Senior Coastguard Officer and British Army soldier

Station Officers

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

Paul Brace
Mechanic

Joined: ye olde days (Crew on Cowes Independent Lifeboat)

Day Job: LGV Driver

John McBride
Mechanic

Joined: 2011

Day Job: Terminal Controller at Wightlink Ferries

Dave Davies
Boathouse Manager

Joined: 2011

Day Job: Retired shop manager for London Camera Exchange

Will Matthews
Admin Assistant

Joined: 2013

Day Job: Watersports/Outdoor Activity Instructor

Andrew Poppe
Chaplain

Joined: 2017?

Day Job: Vicar of Cowes

George Chastney
Press Officer

Joined: 1812

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

Anne Dines
Treasurer

Joined: 

Day Job: Finance and Administration at Cowes Harbour Commission

Hugh Robotham
Chairman

Joined: The Dark Ages. Hugh helped found the then Cowes Independent Lifeboat in 1987

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

David Hembury
President

Joined:

Day Job: Retired

Dr. Will King
Medical Adviser

Joined: 2012

Day Job: Consultant Radiologist at St. Mary's Hospital

Peter Rutter
Deputy Medical Adviser

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Consultant Surgeon, St. Mary's Hospital

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Admin Officer

Could be you! Can you help us? cowes@rnli.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

Joined: 2016?

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

John Mason
Lifeboat Trainer/Assessor

Joined: 2016?

Day Job: Client Manager for a UK telecommunications company.

Mark Harker
Lifeboat Trainer/Assessor

Joined: 2014?

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

Adam Wilson
Trainee Lifeboat Trainer/Assessor

Joined: 2017

Day Job: Senior Watersports Instructor, UKSA.

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

Joined: 2010

Day Job: Deck Officer, Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)

Neil Archer
Helm

Joined: 2011

Day Job: Able Seaman, Red Funnel Ferries

Mark Harker
Helm

Joined: 2014

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

Jason Hughes
Helm

Joined: 2013

Day Job: Commercial Property Development

Myles Hussey
Helm

Joined: 2017

Day Job: Leakage Engineer

Ady Stothard
Helm

Joined: 2017

Day Job: Production Manager at Wild Island

Adam Wilson
Trainee Helm

Joined: 2017

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

Joined: 2011

Day Job: Globe maker, Lander and May

Will King
Crew

Joined: 2012

Day Job: Consultant Radiologist at St. Mary's Hospital

James Luke
Crew

Joined: 2017

Day Job: Master Inventor (Artificial Intelligence), IBM

Robin Ponikowski
Crew

Joined: 2017

Day Job: Pilot, British Airways

Libby Finch
Crew

Joined: 2018

Day Job: Portfolio Manager, Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Mark Crook
Crew

Joined: 2018

Day Job: Aircraft Fitter, GKN Aerospace

Lizzy Fitzsimmons
Crew

Joined: 2018

Day Job: Owns local sailing school 'Salty Sailing'

Alison Smith
Crew

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Veterinary Nurse

Mat Randall
Crew

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Commercial Skipper

Andy Stretton
Crew

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Concierge, Fountain Inn

Jack Banks
Crew

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Solicitor, Construction Industry

Penny Jeffcoate
Crew

Joined: 2019

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

Andy Bond
Crew

Joined: 2018

Day Job: Estates Surveyor

Flic Elliott
Crew

Joined: 2018

Day Job: Junior Doctor, St. Mary's Hospital

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

Joined: 2011

Day Job: Terminal Controller at Wightlink Ferries

Will Matthews
Shore Crew

Joined: 2013

Day Job: Watersports/Outdoor Activity Instructor

Tony Reeve
Shore Crew

Joined: 2017

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

Lisa Guy
Shore Crew

Joined: 2018

Day Job:

Roger Guy
Shore Crew

Joined: 2018

Day Job:

Peter Rutter
Shore Crew

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Consultant Surgeon, St. Mary's Hospital

Julie Drew
Shore Crew

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Driving Instructor

Rob Lee
Shore Crew

Joined: 2019

Day Job:

Olivier Kuhl
Shore Crew

Joined: 2019

Day job: Physiotherapist, St. Mary's Hospital

Louise Laughton
Shore Crew

Joined: 2019

Day job: NHS

Sophie Bluestone
Shore Crew

Joined: 2020

Day Job: Media

Jean-Marc Bonello
Shore Crew

Joined: 2020

Day Job: PHD Student

Lizzie Baker
Shore Crew

Joined: 2020

Day Job: Radiographer

Paul Baker
Shore Crew

Joined: 2020

Day Job: Yacht Builder, Specialist Projects

Dave Farmer
Shore Crew

Joined: 2017

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

Andrea Vaughan
Shore Crew

Joined: 2012

Day Job:

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

Joined: 2017

Day Job: Team Manager, Miss Isle school of Sip Puff sailing

 

Graham White
Coastal Safety Adviser

Joined: 2018?

Day Job: Retired Engineer

Jane Reeve
Coastal Safety Adviser

Joined:

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

Joined:

Derek Whitewood
Visits Team

Joined:

Hugh Robotham
Visits Team

Joined: ye olde days of Cowes Independent Lifeboat

Jennifer Hastings
Visits Team

Joined: 2014?

Judy Ottoway
Visits Team

Joined: 2015

Julia Mainstone
Visits Team

Joined: 2014

Geoff Brown
Visits Team

Joined:

Lynne Fowler
Visits Team

Joined:

Robin Lenox
Visits Team

Joined: 2018

Louise McHale
Visits Team

Joined: 2018

Karen Melson
Visits Team

Joined:

Kate Jones
Visits Team

Joined: 2018

Terrie Latimer
Visits Team

Joined:

Mike Bull
Visits Team

Joined: 2019

Therese Kaplan
Visits Team

Joined: 2019