I have been actively involved in NILA since its inception. I took on the role of the Secretary because I wanted to help develop the charity into something that would be good for all Independent Lifeboats. In my role, I will work closely with the entire team to ensure we are following all legal procedures, as well as arranging meetings and keeping records.
I am a former member of Solent Rescue and Kent Search and Rescue (Lowland Rescue).
Born in Kent to a large family, I started working for McDonalds at the age of 16, working my way up to assistant manager. I left McDonalds after 16 years and got a job with Greggs as a shop manager, which I held until my health deteriorated and forced me to stop working.
Outside of work, I joined Kent Search and Rescue because I wanted to give back to the community, and worked my way up to team leader.
I then met my fiancée and took the decision to move to Oxfordshire to live with her, then down to the New Forest to give our children a varied life. When we moved down to the Forest, I was still keen to give back to the community so joined Solent Rescue Independent Lifeboat as Shore Crew.
I worked my way up to Landside Duty Manager and also held the position of Membership Secretary, Unit Secretary and Fundraising officer, working to obtain the many grants and donations needed to keep the unit afloat,
Today I have come full circle and have recently moved back to Kent. Unfortunately this meant leaving Solent Rescue and embarking on new challenges.
I do not work as I am a full-time carer to my fiancée, and I also home-educate my 4 year old son and 13 year old daughter which takes up most of my time.
I am still deciding what voluntary work I am going to do, but am pleased to have time to dedicate to NILA. I look forward to using all my skills and experience from both Lowland Rescue and an independent organisation to help the NILA team achieve our shared goals.