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.

Management Team

The Management Team consists of the individuals that “run” the station. The Launch Authorities take it in turns to be “on duty” and they authorise any launches of the lifeboat; the Mechanics make sure the boat is in tip-top condition; the Press Officer makes sure we have good relations with the local media; the Treasurer looks after the cash, and so on.

Lifeboat Operations Manager

Mark Southwell

Deputy Launching Authority

John Mason

Deputy Launching Authority

Dave Lewis

Deputy Launching Authority

Annie Simkin

Deputy Launching Authority

Harry Leslie

Deputy Launching Authority

Nick Edwards

Lifeboat Administration Officer

Will Matthews

Chair

Hugh Robotham

Lifeboat Treasurer

Anne Dines

Lifeboat Medical Advisor

Dr. Will King

Deputy Medical Advisor

Mr. Peter Rutter

Lifeboat Chaplain

Andrew Poppe

Lifeboat Press Officer

George Chastney

Station Mechanic

Paul Brace

Station Mechanic

John McBride

Boathouse Manager

Dave Davies

President

David Hembury

Lifeboat Operations Manager

Mark Southwell

Joined: 2008

Day Job: Retired Customs Officer

Mark joined the station in 2008, shortly after operations were transferred to the RNLI. In his time as LOM, Mark has overseen some huge changes, including the move to the current station, a complete overhaul of training and a large number of new volunteers. In his previous life, Mark was an officer for HM Customs and Excise in the very building that Cowes Lifeboat is housed; during his time at Customs, he taught Advanced Powerboat Handling and was part of some major operations including Operation Eyeful; the largest ever cocaine seizure on British shores. You may see Mark around Cowes, walking his dog Maisie, cycling or having a quick dip at Gurnard.

Deputy Launching Authority

John Mason

Joined: 2016

Day Job: Client Manager for a UK IT communications company

John joined the station in 2016 shortly after moving to the Island from the Midlands. Starting as Shore Crew, he very quickly rose through the ranks to the roles of DLA and Trainer/Assessor where he is today. In his day job, John works for a UK IT communications company and spends his spare time on the water, walking the dog or at the local gym.

Deputy Launching Authority

Dave Lewis

Joined: 2011

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

Technically, Dave joined us in 2011, however he had previously been a Coxswain on the Cowes Independent Lifeboat. In his day job, Dave works for Cowes Harbour Commission, in their yard at Kingston Wharf and also skippering their work barges. In a previous life, Dave has been a Prison Officer and served in the then Territorial Army.

Deputy Launching Authority

Annie Simkin

Joined: 2016

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

Annie turned up in 2016 and quickly became boat crew. On near-completion of her training programme to become a Helm, Annie unfortunately had to stand down from the boat due to a medical issue. Never fear, she quickly became the Training Coordinator and then a Deputy Launching Authority, authorising the launch of the lifeboat. In her day job, she works as a Biomedical Scientist at St. Mary’s Hospital and is currently spending her spare time training her new kitten!

Deputy Launching Authority

Harry Leslie

Joined: 2009

Day Job: Retired Senior Coastguard Officer and British Army Soldier

Harry joined is in 2009 after an extensive career ending as Deputy Chief of HM Coastguard. His Coastguard career started as a Watch Officer in the control rooms and ended up taking him all round the world as a representative of the United Kingdom. Harry previously served in the British Army seeing service in Belfast amongst others, and he also gained his RYA Yachtmaster Instructor qualification, which he used to teach servicemen and women at the Army sailing centre in Kiel.

Deputy Launching Authority

Nick Edwards

Joined: 2012

Day Job: Professional Photographer: wightseen.co.uk

Nick initially trained as a Marconi Radio Officer, seeing service on ships all round the world. Heading back to shore, he moved into electronics where he carried out major projects with companies including what is now BAE Systems – he is a hive of knowledge and regularly advises on technical matters including VHF radios and our pager network. Nowadays, Nick is a highly-skilled photographer and has captured some fantastic pictures of our lifeboat as well as some amazing photographs of some of the nature on the Isle of Wight. You can see more of Nick’s pictures at www.wightseen.co.uk

Lifeboat Administration Officer

Will Matthews

Joined: 2013

Day Job: Watersports Instructor

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

Lifeboat Treasurer

Anne Dines

Joined: 2008

Day Job: Finance and Administration, Cowes Harbour Commission

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 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

Station Mechanic

Paul Brace

Joined: ye olde days

Day Job: HGV Driver

Paul joined the station in ye olde days of Cowes Independent Lifeboat. Since then, he has served as boat crew, shore crew, on the visits team and now as one of the Station Mechanics. By day, Paul is a HGV Driver for Steve Porter Transport and he also volunteers as an RYA Powerboat Instructor at Gurnard Sailing Club.

Station Mechanic

John McBride

Joined: 2011

Day Job: Terminal Controller, Wightlink Ferries

John came to us in 2011 as Shore Crew, since then, he has helped with the Visits Team and eventually became a station mechanic. In an extensive career that included repairing washing machines and cleaning windows, John now works as a Terminal Controller for Wightlink Ferries, at Ryde Pier and Portsmouth Harbour. John is also an RYA Powerboat Instructor.

Boathouse Manager

Dave Davies

Joined: 2010

Day Job: Retired camera shop manager

Dave used to run stores for the London Camera Exchange – on his retirement, he came to us to volunteer as Shore Crew; since then he has served as the Sea Safety Officer, Plant Operator and now as the Boathouse Manager, making sure the building is in good condition and that we meet all our legal obligations. Dave is also a cracking photographer and has taken most of the crew photos on this page!

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

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

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 & Plant Operator

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

Trainee Helm & Plant Operator

James Luke

Crew

Libby Finch

Crew & Plant Operator

Jack Banks

Crew

Will King

Crew

Mark Crook

Crew & Plant Operator

Mat Randall

Crew

Robin Ponikowski

Crew

Lizzy Fitzsimmons

Crew & Plant Operator

Andy Stretton

Crew & Plant Operator

Penny Jeffcoate

Crew & Plant Operator

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 & Plant Operator

Rob Lee

Shore Crew

Olivier Kuhl

Shore Crew

Louise Laughton

Shore Crew

Sophie Bluestone

Shore Crew & Plant Operator

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 & Plant Operator

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

Trainee Helm & 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 & Plant Operator

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 & Plant Operator

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 & Plant Operator

Andy Stretton

Joined: 2019

Day Job: Concierge, Fountain Inn

Crew & Plant Operator

Penny Jeffcoate

Joined: 2019

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

Crew & Plant Operator

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 & Plant Operator

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 & Plant Operator

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