Our Team

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 their image.

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.

Lifeboat Operations Manager

Mark Southwell

Deputy Launching Authority

John Mason

Deputy Launching Authority

Penny Maclean

Deputy Launching Authority

Dave Lewis

Deputy Launching Authority

Annie Simkin

Deputy Launching Authority

Harry Leslie

Deputy Launching Authority

Nick Edwards

Lifeboat Operations Manager

Mark Southwell

Joined: 2008

Day Job: Retired Customs Officer

Deputy Launching Authority

John Mason

Joined: 2016

Day Job: Client Manager for a UK IT communications company

Deputy Launching Authority

Penny Maclean

Joined: 2012

Day Job: Retired health visitor

Deputy Launching Authority

Dave Lewis

Joined: 2011, previously on Cowes Independent Lifeboat

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

Deputy Launching Authority

Annie Simkin

Joined: 2016

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

Deputy Launching Authority

Harry Leslie

Joined: 2009

Day Job: Retired Senior Coastguard Officer and British Army Soldier

Deputy Launching Authority

Nick Edwards

Joined: 2012

Day Job: Professional Photographer: wightseen.co.uk

Station Officers

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

Lifeboat Medical Advisor

Dr. Will King

Deputy Medical Advisor

Mr. Peter Rutter

Lifeboat Administration Officer

Will Matthews

Lifeboat Chaplain

Andrew Poppe

Lifeboat Press Officer

George Chastney

Lifeboat Treasurer

Anne Dines

Boathouse Manager

Dave Davies

Station Mechanic

Paul Brace

Station Mechanic

John McBride

Chair

Hugh Robotham

President

David Hembury

Lifeboat Medical Advisor

Dr. Will King

Joined: 2012

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

Deputy Medical Advisor

Mr. Peter Rutter

Joined: 2019

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

Lifeboat Administration Officer

Will Matthews

Joined: 2013

Day Job: Watersports Instructor

Lifeboat Chaplain

Andrew Poppe

Joined: 2015

Day Job: Vicar of Cowes

Lifeboat Press Officer

George Chastney

Joined: 1812

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

Lifeboat Treasurer

Anne Dines

Joined: 2008

Day Job: Finance and Administration, Cowes Harbour Commission

Boathouse Manager

Dave Davies

Joined: 2010

Day Job: Retired camera shop manager

Station Mechanic

Paul Brace

Joined: ye olde days

Day Job: HGV Driver

Station Mechanic

John McBride

Joined: 2011

Day Job: Terminal Controller, Wightlink Ferries

Chair

Hugh Robotham

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

President

David Hembury

Joined: Cowes Independent Lifeboat (pre-2008)

Day Job: Retired

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.

Lifeboat Training Coordinator

Annie Simkin

Trainer / Assessor (Shore Crew)

John Mason

Trainer / Assessor (Boat Crew)

Mark Harker

Trainee Trainer / Assessor

Adam Wilson

Lifeboat Training Coordinator

Annie Simkin

Joined: 2016

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

Trainer / Assessor (Shore Crew)

John Mason

Joined: 2016

Day Job: Client Manager for a UK IT communications company

Trainer / Assessor (Boat Crew)

Mark Harker

Joined: 2014

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

Trainee Trainer / Assessor

Adam Wilson

Joined: 2016

Day Job: Senior Watersports Instructor, UKSA.

Helms, Crew and Shore Crew

The Helm is in overall command of the lifeboat, the crew carry out the work asked of them by the Helm and the Shore Crew launch and recover the lifeboat, as well as monitoring a rescue shoreside.

Helm & Plant Operator

Laurie O’Callaghan

Helm

Neil Archer

Helm & Plant Operator

Jason Hughes

Helm & Plant Operator

Myles Hussey

Helm & Plant Operator

Mark Harker

Helm & Plant Operator

Ady Stothard

Trainee Helm & Plant Operator

Adam Wilson

Crew & Plant Operator

James Luke

Crew

Libby Finch

Crew

Jack Banks

Crew

Will King

Crew

Mark Crook

Crew

Mat Randall

Crew

Robin Ponikowski

Crew

Lizzy Fitzsimmons

Crew

Andy Stretton

Crew

Penny Jeffcoate

Crew

Alison Smith

Crew

Andy Bond

Crew

Flic Elliott

Shore Crew & Plant Operator

Will Matthews

Shore Crew & Plant Operator

Tony Reeve

Shore Crew & Plant Operator

Chris Adams

Shore Crew

Steve Dines

Shore Crew

Peter Rutter

Shore Crew

Julie Drew

Shore Crew

Rob Lee

Shore Crew

Olivier Kuhl

Shore Crew

Louise Laughton

Shore Crew

Sophie Bluestone

Shore Crew

Jean-Marc Bonello

Shore Crew

Lizzie Baker

Shore Crew

Paul Baker

Shore Crew

Juliet Lennon

Shore Crew

Jason Moore

Shore Crew

Katie Lewis

Shore Crew

Jehane Le Grange

Shore Crew

Josh Matthews

Helm & Plant Operator

Laurie O’Callaghan

Joined: 2011

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

Helm

Neil Archer

Joined: 2011

Day Job: Able Seaman, Red Funnel Ferries

Helm & Plant Operator

Jason Hughes

Joined: 2013

Day Job: Commercial Property Development

Helm & Plant Operator

Myles Hussey

Joined: 2017

Day Job: Leakage Engineer

Helm & Plant Operator

Mark Harker

Joined: 2014

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

Helm & Plant Operator

Ady Stothard

Joined: 2017

Day Job: Production Manager at Wild Island

Trainee Helm & Plant Operator

Adam Wilson

Joined: 2016

Day Job: Senior Watersports Instructor, UKSA

Crew & Plant Operator

James Luke

Joined: 2017

Day Job: Master Inventor (Artificial Intelligence), IBM

Crew

Libby Finch

Joined: 2017

Day Job: Portfolio Manager, Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Crew

Jack Banks

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Solicitor, Construction Industry

Crew

Will King

Joined: 2012

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

Crew

Mark Crook

Joined: 2017

Day Job: Aircraft Fitter, GKN Aerospace

Crew

Mat Randall

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Commercial Skipper

Crew

Robin Ponikowski

Joined: 2016

Day Job: Pilot, British Airways

Crew

Lizzy Fitzsimmons

Joined: 2018

Day Job: Owns local sailing school ‘Salty Sailing’

Crew

Andy Stretton

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Concierge, Fountain Inn

Crew

Penny Jeffcoate

Joined: 2019

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

Crew

Alison Smith

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Veterinary Nurse

Crew

Andy Bond

Joined: 2018

Day Job: Estates Surveyor

Crew

Flic Elliott

Joined: 2019, previously crew at Portsmouth Lifeboat

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

Shore Crew & Plant Operator

Will Matthews

Joined: 2013

Day Job: Watersports Instructor

Shore Crew & Plant Operator

Tony Reeve

Joined: 2017

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

Shore Crew & Plant Operator

Chris Adams

Joined: 2011, boat crew until August 2020.

Day Job: Globe Maker, Lander and May

Shore Crew

Steve Dines

Joined: 2008, previously Cowes Independent Lifeboat

Day Job: Part-time Driver

Shore Crew

Peter Rutter

Joined: 2019

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

Shore Crew

Julie Drew

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Driving Instructor

Shore Crew

Rob Lee

Joined: 2019

Day Job:

Shore Crew

Olivier Kuhl

Joined: 2019

Day job: Physiotherapist, St. Mary’s Hospital

Shore Crew

Louise Laughton

Joined: 2019

Day job: Project Manager, St. Mary’s Hospital

Shore Crew

Sophie Bluestone

Joined: 2020

Day Job: Admin, St. Mary’s Hospital

Shore Crew

Jean-Marc Bonello

Joined: 2020

Day Job: PHD Student

Shore Crew

Lizzie Baker

Joined: 2020

Day Job: Radiographer

Shore Crew

Paul Baker

Joined: 2020

Day Job: Yacht Builder, Specialist Projects

Shore Crew

Juliet Lennon

Joined: 2020

Day Job: Project Manager, Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Shore Crew

Jason Moore

Joined: 2020

Day Job: Harbour Patrol, Cowes Harbour Commission

Shore Crew

Katie Lewis

Joined: 2020

Day Job: Watersports Instructor, UKSA

Shore Crew

Jehane Le Grange

Joined: 2020

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

Shore Crew

Josh Matthews

Joined: 2020

Day Job: Technical Services Manager, Island Facility Services

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!

Coastal Safety Officer

Tony Reeve

Coastal Safety Advisor

Graham White

Coastal Safety Advisor

Jane Reeve

Coastal Safety Advisor

Roger Guy

Coastal Safety Officer

Tony Reeve

Joined: 2017

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

Coastal Safety Advisor

Graham White

Joined: 2018?

Day Job: Retired Engineer

Coastal Safety Advisor

Jane Reeve

Joined:

Day Job: Solicitor

Coastal Safety Advisor

Roger Guy

Joined: 2018

Day Job:

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