Our committees

Pictured: Nick Lomas, the Club’s Director General, with longstanding Club member and ex-committee member Bill Martin.


The committees and their members play a pivotal role in the running of the Caravan and Motorhome Club.

The Executive Committee manages the affairs of the Club and also delegates some responsibilities to subordinate Committees.

Grenville Chamberlain

Grenville Chamberlain was appointed Chairman of the Club in 2007 and chairs the Executive Committee. In Grenville’s professional life he was a Director of Cecil Instruments Ltd in Cambridge - a designer and manufacturer of high quality scientific instruments. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2019 for his services to the Club and to charity.

He has enjoyed caravanning since the age of seven, which saw him travelling the length and breadth of the country with his family. His first caravan was an Ace Harmony and, on joining The Club in 1981, he was quick to become involved in the ethos of The Club when elected as Treasurer of his local mid-Anglia Centre. This was followed by periods as Centre Secretary and Chairman, during which he and his wife, Liz, and three children caravanned most weekends of the year.

Grenville represented the Centre on Club Council until becoming a Nominated Member on Council. He joined the Executive Committee in 1993 and became a Vice-Chairman of The Club in 1995, a post he relinquished upon being elected Club Chairman in October 2007. Grenville has also served on the Grants, Finance & Management Committees and was Chairman of the Sites Committee. He currently chairs the Nominations Committee and Strategy Committee along with the Executive.

Caravanning is a way of life for his family, which sees him and Liz, travelling around 10,000 miles each year visiting Club sites, Certificated Locations, rallying and participating in many other Club activities. He now enjoys introducing his grandchildren to the world of caravanning.

Christopher Macgowan

Christopher has spent most of his working life in the automotive industry. He’s the former Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and, separately, the Retail Motor Industry Federation. He is also a trustee of the National Motor Museum and a member of the RAC Foundation Public Policy Committee and the Department for Transport’s Motorists’ Forum. He is a Freeman of the City of London and was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008.

Elected to the Executive Committee in 2007, he was appointed Club Treasurer in 2011, and serves on the Strategy Committee.

Christopher is a very active motor caravanner, with extensive experience and knowledge of the sites network at home and abroad. He is a keen gardener at his home in Essex and is also a self-confessed IT geek and enthusiastic photographer.

Janet Moore

Janet began caravanning in 1973 with a VW Caravanette and has always been very involved in Club activities since joining in 1981.

For 11 years until the mid-1990s, Janet was Secretary at the East Dorset Centre and its representative on Club Council. In 1996, she became a Nominated Member of Club Council and subsequently served on the Grants, Sites and Finance & Management Committees. She joined the Executive Committee in 2007 and became one of The Club’s Vice-Chairmen in 2008. She chairs the Grants Committee and is still a member of both the Finance & Management Committee, and the Nominations Committee.

She and her husband, Darrill, have enjoyed all aspects of caravanning with their children and now their grandchildren, accompanied by their well-behaved Labradors.

Malcolm Groves

Following retirement from the utility industry, Malcolm now operates an independent Fuel Consultancy Service to Industry and Commerce.

At the time of joining The Club in 1977, he was towing his first caravan with a VW Beetle. He was quick to become involved with Centre and Club activities and held appointments as Rally Secretary, Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of the Northumberland Centre. This also saw him representing the Centre on Club Council and becoming Chairman of the grouping of Northern Centres.

Malcolm joined the Executive Committee in 1994, became Chairman of the Events Committee in 1997 and was elected one of The Club’s Vice-Chairmen in 2015. During his involvement with the Executive Committee he has served on the Grants Committee, and currently chairs the Membership Committee, and serves on the Sites Committee, and Nominations Committee.

John Gass

John worked for many years in the field of mental health and then higher education. Before retiring, he was Senior Lecturer at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen leading a team interested in services for  young people and those with mental health and learning difficulties. Now living in West Wales, he is a volunteer contributing to the running of a community shop and post office serving a number of local villages.

He joined the Club in 1985; serving as Secretary of the Dyfed Centre and more recently as Secretary, then Vice-Chairman of the North Scotland Centre. In 2014, he was made an honorary member of The Scottish Caravan Club.

John became a Nominated Member of Club Council in 2010 and has served on the Executive Committee since 2011. He has been a member of the Grants and Sites Committees, currently a member of the Strategy Committee and in 2018 he was appointed Chairman of the Events Committee.

John and his wife, Llinos, live in Carmarthenshire, where besides travel with their caravan they enjoy walking, golf and clay pigeon shooting.


Edward Baxter

Having started his working life as a company accountant, Edward has run his own accountancy business for more than 30 years.

He has been a member of The Club since 1983, when he purchased his first caravan, and has served on the Committee of the North Yorkshire Centre as Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and then Chairman. Edward was also the Centre’s representative on Club Council. He was the Treasurer of the Northern Centres grouping and also Treasurer of the Northern Region from its formation in 1997 until 2010.

He became a Nominated Member of Club Council in 2010 and joined the Executive Committee in 2011. He has served on the Events Committee, and currently serves on the Finance and Management, and Grants Committees.

Edward and his wife, Barbara, live in the north east near Middlesbrough and regularly stay on Club sites and attend Centre rallies. They are both active in their local Methodist church and enjoy dancing.

John Lefley

After graduation John joined Esso Petroleum, before enjoying a 33 year career with Volvo, latterly as Director of Public Affairs. After taking early retirement, John and his wife Delia, moved to South Shropshire.

Despite John spending some wet childhood holidays in static caravans on the Lincolnshire coast, they purchased a used Lynton caravan in 1985 and joined The Club. They have travelled extensively in the UK and Europe initially with their two sons and more recently their Golden Retriever. John is a non-Centre member and became a Nominated Member of Club Council in 2008 before joining the Executive and Finance & Management Committees later that year. Since 2011, he has also been Chairman of the Sites Committee and in 2014 became a member of the newly formed Strategy Committee.

John volunteers with the Severn Valley Railway, was until recently a Trustee of the Volvo Car UK Pension Fund and enjoys sampling local food and drink whilst on his travels.

Barry Sharratt

Barry, who lives with his wife in North Warwickshire, has been a caravanner and active Club member for 35 years.

He qualified as a Chartered Engineer and worked for 30 years in the automotive industry for Dunlop, Ford and Siemens. Barry joined the chassis manufacturer AL-KO in 1996 and became its UK Managing Director in 2000. Whilst with AL-KO, he was responsible for its relocation to Southam and for its significant growth in the UK.

Now retired, he still maintains a great personal interest in the UK caravan and motorhome industries.

He joined the Executive Committee in 2013 and is also a member of the Technical Committee.

Gordon Smart

Gordon lives with his partner, Gary, in Leicestershire, and has been involved with caravanning from an early age as his parents went on caravan holidays. Originally from Aberdeenshire, Gordon purchased his first caravan in 1975 and has been a Club member for 43 years.

After a few years in caravan sales, he had a career in the aviation industry until retiring in 2012 and became a Nominated Member of Club Council, serving also on the Sites Committee. Gordon joined the Executive Committee in October 2016. Over the years Gordon and Gary have attended many Nationals and regularly tour the UK and Europe, more recently with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Hamish Stuart

Hamish has been involved in caravanning for over 30 years and has rallied with his wife Joyce and their 3 children and now replaced with grandchildren. He has served on his local centre committee becoming Chairman for 2 years in 2002 -2004 and has also served on The Scottish Division of the Caravan and Motorhome Club eventually becoming President.

In 2017 Hamish retired after being 40 years with the same employer albeit in different roles throughout his career finishing up for the past 15 years as a Divisional Manager looking after their Hygiene and Catering Supplies Division and being responsible for internal and external sales staff and customer liaison.

Caravanning has been their family’s passion for a long time and has become a way of life, making new and catching up with old friends.

Hamish was co-opted on to the Executive Committee in April 2018.

David Turner

David, along with his wife Jan, is retired and lives in Shropshire. They have three children, and eight grandchildren. He was first introduced to caravanning by his parents in the 1960s. Both David and Jan have been members of The Caravan Club for over 30 years, frequenting Club sites and CLs, and also rallying with their local Centre.

Since 2009, David and Jan have volunteered for the Club’s European Travel Services Team as Group Leaders. In 2015, David became a Nominated Member of Club Council, and serves on the Finance and Management Committee, utilising his extensive financial background from his years working as a banker.

He was co-opted on to the Executive Committee in October 2016.

Ann Marie Ward

Ann Marie was a Chartered Management Accountant working in the Gas and Electricity industry for over 30 years. She had several roles with National Grid plc, including Head of Financial Controls, Head of Internal Audit and Head of Customer Services, responsible for the UK’s 24 Hour Gas Emergency Service. 

Ann Marie also enjoyed secondments to National Grid USA and Ernst & Young’s Risk Assurance business. Her final job was with Cadent Gas as Head of Business Services which included their Property Division and Offshore Financial Transactions.

Ann Marie first discovered caravanning in 2007 and quickly found it to be the perfect antidote to years of business travel.  She loves the Club’s CL network for the individuality of each site and, now retired, is enjoying the off-peak tranquillity of Club sites.

Ann Marie became a Nominated Member of Club Council in 2017 and was co-opted to the Executive Committee in 2019. She is also a member of the Site and Strategy Committees.

Mark Sinclair Watson

Mark started his working life in the Royal Air Force as an avionic technician travelling to various parts of the world. On leaving the RAF Mark trained as a qualified electrician and joined the family-run power tool repair company which he now manages with his wife Karen, they have developed this into one of the largest such companies in the UK. He has also served as a special constable within his local community.

Mark joined the Club and started caravanning in 1992 initially using his in-laws' caravan. They took their caravan to many sites and CLs with their young children and then started rallying with their local centre. Mark soon became involved with the South London Centre as sports officer, youth liaison, Vice Chairman and then Chairman.

He joined the South East Region in 2011 as Treasurer, then Vice Chairman and Chairman. He became a member of the Grants Committee in 2017 and was co-opted on to the Executive Committee in 2019.

Mark enjoys cycling, keeping fit and spending time with his family, especially his new granddaughter.

Alison Woodhams

After graduating in 1978 Alison qualified as an accountant with Cadbury Typhoo and then moved to AT&T. Next was the BBC, first looking after local TV and Radio in England, then as Head of Internal Audit, later as Group Financial Controller and finally as Chief Operating Officer at BBC World Service. Her last job was Finance & Business Director at University College London. She finished work in 2012 and is a trustee of the Inland Waterways Association and a governor at the University of the Arts in London having been previously been chair of trustees at her local hospice and a trustee at BBC Media Action.

Alison’s first home was a caravan – in fact all but 18 months of the first 6 years of her life were spent living in caravans on RAF sites.  Summer holidays were spent in static caravans in Cornwall and when her dad left the RAF her parents bought a Sprite Musketeer in which they toured the UK and Europe in the 60s and 70s.

Roll forward several decades and, when retirement beckoned, she and Ron bought their first caravan. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions they ever made. They now spend several months of the year away in the van along with 4 weeks on their shared-ownership narrowboat. 

Alison was elected to the Club Council in early 2017 and joined the Executive Committee in 2018. She is also a member of the Finance & Management Committee.

Director General - Nick Lomas

Nick Lomas was appointed Director General of The Caravan Club in May 2010, having worked at The Club as Director of Marketing since 2005.

Nick has a degree in Economics and Politics from the University of York and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Kingston University Business School.

Prior to joining The Club, Nick worked for 17 years in Financial Services.

As a long-standing Caravan Club member, Nick and his wife and two children, enjoy touring the UK and Europe extensively with their caravan.

How did you start caravanning?

My love of the outdoors began in the Peak District on the doorstep of my family home in South Yorkshire. When my children were young it was a great way to holiday with all the things we needed to take as a family.

Do you have a favourite Club site?

There are so many. In England Rookesbury Park because of the orchids in the early summer, in Wales Pandy – it’s a really pretty spot  – and in Scotland Morvich for the mountains, or Altnaharra for the sense of space.

Where have you travelled to?

I have camped and caravanned in the USA, Canada, Africa and of course across the UK and Europe.

What is your strangest experience whilst caravanning?

Staying in a Kibbutz in Israel – yes really they had touring caravans for hire!

Director of Finance, Insurance and Management Services - Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson joined The Club in September 2018 as Director of Finance and Management Services responsible for Information Systems, treasury, pensions, health & safety, facilities management and company secretarial in addition to the finance function.

Prior to joining The Club, he gained 30 years’ experience in senior financial and management roles, most recently in the Travel and Insurance sectors, but also in Management Consultancy, Transport and Utilities.

In addition to broad senior management experience Mark has a first degree in Marine Biology, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and wales, has an MBA from Henley Management college and a certificate in company direction from the Institute of Directors.

Mark’s role is to contribute fully as a director of the club and to lead on financial management, information systems, pensions, Health and Safety, Facilities, including

large technology projects to update or change business systems and initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the way the Club works for its members.

Mark was born in Scotland and has lived mostly in the South East of England and is married with two grown up children. Mark is passionate about the great outdoors having grown up camping with the cubs and scouts as a lad and spending summers on family caravan holidays in Scotland as well as numerous motorhome trips more recently in places further afield like New Zealand and Canada.

Director of Marketing and Membership Services - Harvey Alexander

Harvey Alexander is director of marketing of the Caravan and Motorhome Club and part of the team driving the new name and brand direction for the Club.

Harvey has two key principles which have guided his strategy: ‘It is essential to first understand your customer and their needs, then offer likeminded prospective customers relevant products and services in a manner that is easily accessible.”

“It is an honour to have the opportunity to work with a community with such history and prestige as the Caravan and Motorhome Club,” he said. “As an inclusive community we wanted to reflect and celebrate the fact that motorhome members represent an increasing proportion of our membership. We’ve talked to our members about what they want us to do for the future to both build on our heritage and to promote the spirit and personality of what they love to do. The results were clear: we want to share our pioneering, friendly and adventurous way of life, share our collective knowledge and encourage more people to enjoy holidays in the great outdoors.”

Prior to the Caravan and Motorhome Club Harvey delivered award-winning sales and marketing at Eurotunnel for four years. He has also worked for Postmasternetwork; a membership business focused on providing commercial opportunities to the 16,500 Post Offices in the UK. Harvey’s early career was spent in publishing working for Adscene Kent Newspaper as a graphic designer. Tirelessly campaigning to improve the quality of advertising across the group publications he became essential to the design and launch of 5 new regional titles; a first in over 50 years.

When Harvey isn’t working you will find him in the great outdoors. Whether running or cycling, he loves nothing better than hurtling down mountains in Wales or climbing over mountains in the Lake District.

Director of Sites & Accommodation - Anthony Davies

Anthony Davies joined as Director of Sites & Accommodation at the Club in January 2020, and has responsibility for the operations and product development of our Club Sites together with the management of our property portfolio, development projects and Certificated Locations.

With over 25 years within the wider hospitality industry, Anthony has a wealth of experience in leadership roles that span many different subsectors, from Bingo to Health Clubs, and Restaurants to Hotels. Most recently Anthony was responsible for the delivery and development of Europe’s largest annual catering event at The Championships, Wimbledon, and is also a Member of the Institute of Hospitality.

He says, "I am passionate about constantly developing and delivering outstanding guest experience. The one thing I have learned from my time in hospitality is that our guests want to create amazing memories, and it’s our job to help them do just that. We already have an incredibly strong base to work from, with truly outstanding guest experience feedback, and I look forward to supporting my teams to drive this forward even further as we progress and develop our proposition to ensure it not only exceeds the expectations of our members of today, but also delivers for the members of the future."

Anthony was born and raised in South Wales, and feels very lucky to have had both the Gower Peninsula and Brecon Beacons within easy reach, having spent many weekends walking and camping in both areas. Indeed, Anthony's first experience of caravans was spending a week in St Davids, on the Pembrokeshire coast. Anthony now lives with his wife and two children in Hertfordshire, but still remains a passionate Welsh rugby supporter!