Our committees

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

Information

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 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.

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.

Rodney Lambert

Rodney has been a member of The Club since 1970, although his caravanning started even earlier when he used to borrow his parents' Cygnet caravan.
Many of his early years with The Club were spent on the Committee of the Buckinghamshire Centre, where he served as Rally Secretary, Secretary, Vice-Chairman then Chairman. Rodney represented the Centre on Club Council for 10 years and was also a member of the Grants Committee.

From 1997 to 2007, he served as Secretary to the Northern Home Counties Region, following which he was selected as a Nominated Member of Club Council. He then joined the Executive Committee and was appointed Chairman of the Events Committee. In 2010, he was elected one of The Club’s Vice-Chairmen.

He and his wife, Diane, live in the Home Counties, where he is now retired from his telecoms engineering job with BT. They have stayed on many Club sites, attended Centre rallies and toured across Europe.

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.

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.

Glynn Ball

Glynn started his working life in the Royal Navy as an Electrical Artificer Apprentice, which saw him engaged with repairs to nuclear submarines. He was then involved in a number of build projects for submarines and warships, including project management work. In 2011, he started his own Company engaged on naval related maintenance and support contracts.

He and his wife, Jennifer, purchased their first caravan - a bright yellow Panther 375 - in 1989. On joining The Club in 1991, Glynn quickly became involved with the Wiltshire Centre, serving as Secretary, Vice-Chairman then Chairman.

Glynn was also Vice-Chairman of the South West Region, before becoming a Nominated Member to Club Council in 2014 and joining the Executive Committee in 2015.

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 Gass

John began his working life as a mental health nurse then moved into higher education. Before retiring, he was Senior Lecturer at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen leading a team interested in the care of 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 was a member of the Grants Committee and currently sits on the Events, Sites and Strategy Committees.

John and his wife, Llinos, live in Carmarthenshire, where they enjoy walking, cycling and photography.

Peter Johnson

Peter ran a Health and Safety (H&S) Consultancy having spent many working years as an Industrial and Safety Manager. During this time, he also spent 20 years engaged with the Scouting movement.

He has been a member of The Club since the early 1980s, but has camped and caravanned for much longer. His H&S experience has seen him closely involved with Club activities, not only in the UK at National rallies, but also abroad at Fédération Internationale de Camping, Caravanning et de Autocaravaning (FICC) rallies. He joined the Executive Committee in 2008, and then he became Chair of the Technical Committee.

He and his wife, Maureen, have stayed on many Club sites over the years, facilitating his hobbies of fly-fishing, hill-walking and photography.

John Lefley

John started his working life as a graduate trainee with Esso Petroleum, before spending over 30 years in the motor industry. After taking early retirement, John and his wife, Delia, moved to Shropshire, but he remains a trustee of the Company’s pension scheme.

John’s first childhood holidays were spent in a static caravan at Mablethorpe. He and Delia joined The Club in 1985 when they purchased a Lynton caravan. They have since travelled extensively in the UK and Europe, initially with their two sons and latterly just with their two dogs. John 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 serves on the Strategy Committee.

John also volunteers with the Severn Valley Railway and is an advisor to the Worcestershire County Museum's gypsy wagon collection.

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 in some form since the age of five as his parents always went on caravan holidays. This led him to purchase his first caravan in 1975. Gordon is originally from Aberdeenshire, and has been a Club member for over 40 years.

Retiring in 2012 after many years in the aviation industry, and also caravan sales, Gordon became a Nominated Member of Club Council, and serves on the Sites Committee.

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

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.

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 now chair of trustees at her local hospice, a trustee of BBC Media Action and a governor at the University of the Arts in London.

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 60’s and 70’s.

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.

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.

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 Membership Services - Brian Savage

Brian Savage joined The Club in February 1984, working in the Travel Department heading a small team which booked overseas sites and tours (Inclusive Holidays). He had previously worked for a small Eurocamp subsidiary straight from university.

Under the Directorship of Trevor Watson, Brian was heavily involved in the creation of the Membership Services department which saw the birth of The Club’s contact centre and fused together the existing travel operation with the Membership and Insurance departments. Upon Trevor Watson’s appointment as Director General in 1995, Brian then took over as Director of Membership Services. This role continued until 1999 when Brian was also asked to take on the running of the sites network together with the Site Operations department and 600+ Wardens.

Director of Finance and Management Services - Russell Hudson

Russell Hudson joined The Club in 2005 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 had 20 years’ experience in senior financial roles in several large retail companies including ASDA plc and Somerfield Stores plc.

Since joining he has had the privilege of leading a number of large technology projects to update or change business systems as well as a number of other initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the way the teams and The Club works.

"It’s a bit of a cliché, but working at The Club is always interesting and very varied, but the best bit is always the friendly people you meet – members and staff alike.

I was born in Yorkshire, met my wife and brought up our two children there until we moved south 18 years ago. Like most of us working here, my family has the travel ‘bug’ although I don’t get as many opportunities as I would like."

Director of Marketing - 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.