Our committee and coaches are made up of club members who freely volunteer their time to assist the club in its operation and activities.
Bill Hansell - Chairman
Bill has been on the committee for several spells. He is a very fair weather paddler and regards most people (including his own sons) who are willing to do the DW with suspicion and respect in equal measure. When he's not worrying about the newsletter, Bill can sometimes be seen on stage in Hartley Wintney.
Lisa King - Treasurer
Lisa has recently been elected on to the committee. Lisa is a qualified accountant currently working in pensions. Having joined the club early last year, Lisa enjoys touring and white water kayaking; recently paddling the whole length of the river Thames!
Stuart Skeldon - Secretary
Stuart is a division 7 Hasler racer and white water kayaker joining the committee in 2021. He also enjoys photography and running.
Andrew Jeffs - Committee member and L1 coach
Andrew is a Div 1 racing paddler who joined the club at 5 years old. Gaining his 1* at 6 years old and becoming a L1 coach at 16 years old, kayaking has always been at the forefront of his mind from an early age. With a history of white water, playboating, slalom and polo kayaking, you might also see Andrew in a variety of other boats and competitions.
Paul Tickner - Committee member
Paul has been recently elected on to the committee. He has been caught saying that his enthusiasm for paddling far outweighs his ability, however over the past couple of decades he has tried his hand at most paddle sports and enjoyed nearly all of them. Paul is keen to further inclusivity for all in the club.
Peter Hale - Committee member
Peter has been recently elected on to the committee. Peter is an Army Doctor, working as the CO of the Field Hospital at Keogh Barracks, just down the road from the club. His main paddling interests are Sprint and Marathon, although he also enjoys white water, surfing, coastal paddling and expedition paddling. All Peter's family are also members of the canoe club. Peter aims to help the club to stay active, safe and healthy through the ongoing COVID pandemic, and looks forward to encouraging new paddlers of all ages to getting out and enjoying the water. Peter is also keen to foster strong links between the local Army paddlers and the club.
Sarah Francis - Committee member and L1 coach
Sarah's primary kayaking interest is K1 and K2 marathon racing. She also enjoys sea kayaking. If she ever misses a race, it is because she is competing in an orienteering event.
Zoe Griffiths - Committee member and L1 coach
Zoe is An enthusiastic paddler and volunteer willing to give 'anything a go'... Happy in a racing boat, tourer, GP, Canadian canoe or even a SUP. Level 1 Coach, member of the 'Boat Repair Crew' and currently looking after the boathouse (quartermaster). Often to be seen at the club on Tuesday mornings, Tuesday/ Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Her chief aim is to ensure all club paddlers have fun on, and off, the water and achieve their goals in doing so. Zoe's aspiration is to introduce more paddlers to the pleasure of paddling.
Liz Murnaghan - L3 Coach
Liz is a Level 3 Coach. She has paddled most types of boat (slalom K1, C1 and C2, WWR K1, marathon K1 and K2, polo, open canoes, sea kayaks, river runners and playboats) with various degrees of success. She is now more often to be found in flat water boats, if only because Surrey is not well endowed with white water gems and time is too short to drive for hours to the good stuff. Lis is also known for bringing Canoe And Kayakers Energy Source (CAKES) to a wider audience.
Paul Jeffs - Trip Coordinator and L3 Inland Kayak and L2 Racing Coach
Paul has served several roles in the club but today he has settled down to encouraging both marathon and white water disciplines - as well as taking part in both. Paul's enthusiasm for canoeing never lets him down as can be seen from his grin! He holds the Level 3 (Inland Kayak), Level 2 Racing and Level 1 Slalom Coaching awards and isn't frightened of paddling an open boat either. He is a real proponent of trying every paddlesport discipline from river running through racing and sea kayaking to polo and more.
Brian Biffin - L3 Coach
Brian is a Level 3 Coach. These days he prefers sea trips and Grade 2 inland paddles. He is also a qualified paddleboarder and a very keen skier.
Anne Biffin - L2 Coach
Anne is a UKCC Level 2 Coach. She enjoys sea kayaking, kayak touring, paddleboarding and open boating. She tries, with little success, to keep Brian in check and can often be seen on the water with Calvin, the Border Collie.
Richard Somerset - L2 Racing Coach
Richard was a long serving member of the committee but stepped down to do more paddling. He is still very much involved in club life taking a leading role in coaching white water and flat water racing. He is a very experienced paddler holding British Canoeing 4 Star Kayak, British Canoeing 3 Star Open Canoe and Placid Water as well as being a Level 3 Kayak and Open Canoe and Level 2 Racing Coach
Rose Fox - L2 coach
Fiona Shipp - L1 coach
Zoe Griffths - L1 coach
Ross Phillips - Membership Secretary
Jo Etheridge - Welfare Officer
Zoe Griffths - Quartermaster
Paul Jeffs - Trips Coordinator
David Bales - Safety Officer
Tony Gallagher - Hare and Hounds Master
Chris Badham - Paddle Sport Leader
Qualified to lead touring trips on sheltered water
Rick Covell - Paddle Sport Leader
Qualified to lead touring trips on sheltered water
Rick Covell - Web Master
John Rickett - Boat Repairs
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BCCC Volunteer Vacancies
The club relies completely on voluntary coaches and helpers. If you are active within the club, then please see if there is a role that you could help out in.
We would love more coaches, in everything from racing to touring to whitewater. The more coaches we have, the easier it is to organise sessions and coach multiple disciplines. The Club will support your training.
Paddle Sport Leaders
We would love more Paddle Sport Leaders to organise and lead multi discipline trips .The Club will support your training.
This requires a knowledge of the current British Canoeing coaching requirements and the ability to plan the coaching schedule to provide a diverse range of courses.
Taster Session Coordinator
This requires no special paddling skills. Just an ability to publicise and co-ordinate our taster sessions.
The race captain advertises the external races for the year and organises the team before a competition, ensuring paddlers are entered before each race and we can represent the club as best as possible.
B3C Hasler Organiser
This is a job not for the faint of heart. If you fancy a really juicy event management job, this is the one for you. We have up to 30 people helping out at this event held in May.
Charles Hicks Challenge Organiser
Not as big an event as the Hasler but still a significant event. Held in November.
Social Events Coordinator
We need people to organise our summer shindig, and other off-the-water gatherings such as quiz nights etc.
Communications, Technical and IT
It is a shockingly long list of IT and techie bits and pieces that we run as a club these days. We can always do with more help.
'BCCC Matters' is the clubs newsletter. This role involves compiling items for, and circulating, the newsletter to keep everybody in the loop.
Lots of people have contributed to the amazing advances we've with our facilities. But we need to consolidate this with a plethora of maintenance jobs that need to be done. We need people who will co-ordinate this work.