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 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 Macgowan OBE, Treasurer

Christopher currently owns a motorhome and joined the Club in 2004.

10 Questions:

  1. What is your favourite Club Site and/or CL, and why?
    Ashridge Farm club site. Small, beautifully maintained and in a charming village.

  2. What is your first memory of touring?
    Being enchanted by the F1 caravans!

  3. What steps would you like to see the Club take to help the environment and tackle climate change issues?
    As they become more available, encourage the switch to electric vehicles.

  4. What would you like your Club legacy to be?
    To see the Club's sound finances even further improved.

  5. How do you think the Club might change over the next 10 years?
    The pandemic has taught us to appreciate family and leisure time. This will increase further as the work-life balance changes.

  6. Aside from touring, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
    In addition to my love of Information Technology, I have a huge interest in WW1 and WW2 history linked specifically to the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

  7. If you could have dinner with anyone (deceased or living) who would you choose? And why?
    Mathematician Alan Turing for his computer brilliance and ability to see further into the future than most.

  8. If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be and why?
    Landing on the moon would do it for me.

  9. If there is one person that has inspired you in life, who would it be?
    Geoffrey Barton, one of my schoolmasters, somehow managed to reach a difficult teenager.

  10. What is the best tip that you could pass on to a new Club member that you wish you had been told?
    It is not a Club just in name; it is a lifestyle option so fully engage with it. In modern speak, being a member is stacks more than a mere commercial transaction.

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

John Lefley

John joined the Club in 1985 and currently tows a caravan. 

10 Questions:

  1. What is your favourite Club Site and/or CL, and why?
    Rookesbury Park - Spacious site, good dog walking, convenient for visiting relations and other local attractions
  2. What is your first memory of touring?
    Our first caravan was a second-hand and very basic 1979 Lynton Javelin and I particularly remember the large Curver plastic box which doubled as toy storage and baby bath.

  3. What steps would you like to see the Club take to help the environment and tackle climate change issues?
    Leave more parts of sites to grow wild, educate members in the ways they can reduce the environmental impact of their ever-growing energy consumption and encourage and work with the leisure vehicle industry to manufacture products that are lighter and suitable for use with alternative-powered vehicles.

  4. What would you like your Club legacy to be?
    To have a sites network that offers a range of premium pitch and accommodation choices suited to the next, as well as current, generation of members.

  5. How do you think the Club might change over the next 10 years?
    As the next generation looks for experiences when they take a break, the Club will need to offer a range of easily accessible activities and services to meet this desire, there will be a need to accommodate more multi-generational family holidays and some members may not want to tow, but still stay on our sites, so we will need to find ways to meet their needs too.

  6. Aside from touring, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
    I am an Assistant Station Master on the Severn Valley Railway, have an interest in all forms of historic transport and find plenty to do in our garden.

  7. If you could have dinner with anyone (deceased or living) who would you choose? And why?
    I would like to have a conversation with my long-deceased grandparents to understand more about their lives and my background.

  8. If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be and why?
    On 14th April 1927, the first Volvo rolled off the production line. Thanks to that event I experienced a most interesting and enjoyable career, met my wife and came to appreciate Sweden and the Swedes approach to life and work.

  9. If there is one person that has inspired you in life, who would it be?
    George Orwell and his book Animal Farm, which I read as an 18-year-old, had a profound effect on my political thinking.
  10. What is the best tip that you could pass on to a new Club member that you wish you had been told?
    You need a lump hammer to knock in awning pegs on a Club site hardstanding.

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 Smart

Gordon currently tows a caravan and joined the Club in 1975.

10 Questions:

  1. What is your favourite Club Site and/or CL, and why?
    Many different sites for different reasons but Bunree has to be the most outstanding for its location and its ever-changing vista.

  2. What is your first memory of touring?
    My parents had a caravan before myself and my younger brother came along but my earliest memory was when I was about 5 when a new caravan arrived and I was excited when Mum said we were going on holiday in it for a week. We went to Loch Ness and at that age a week seemed a long time.

  3. What steps would you like to see the Club take to help the environment and tackle climate change issues?
    To continue to spearhead and develop their already excellent sustainability policies and now that Club has dedicated staff in this field we are going in the right direction.

  4. What would you like your Club legacy to be?
    It has been a privilege to be involved with the Caravan & Motorhome Club and I would like to think that my contribution will benefit both the Club and the members well into the future.

  5. How do you think the Club might change over the next 10 years?
    With the ever-changing vehicle technologies, the Club will need to adapt and develop new ideas to maintain its standing within the future leisure market.

  6. Aside from touring, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
    Keeping fit, walking and skiing. Enjoying as much time as possible with my dog. Classic cars & period caravans along with a keen interest in the world of caravanning as a whole.

  7. If you could have dinner with anyone (deceased or living) who would you choose? And why?
    James Martin. He is so full of life and we both have an interest in classic cars. As in his TV programme, we could take one to an interesting location where he could cook wonderful food in the great outdoors and have our dogs with us.

  8. If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be and why?
    To be on the maiden flight of Concorde.

  9. If there is one person that has inspired you in life, who would it be?
    Many people have inspired me over the years. Prevalent at this time is HRH Prince Philip for his tireless commitment, motivation and encouragement without seeking the limelight.

  10. What is the best tip that you could pass on to a new Club member that you wish you had been told?
    Never be afraid to ask another member or site staff for help or advice.

Hamish Stuart

Hamish Stuart

Hamish joined the Club in 1985 and currently owns a caravan.

10 Questions:

  1. What is your favourite Club Site and/or CL, and why?
    Altnaharra; quiet, peaceful, no artificial lights at night just the stars. You can hear the Stags calling and the owls hooting. Fish jumping in Loch Naver just feet from the caravan. Lovely albeit a remote part of the Highlands.

  2. What is your first memory of touring?
    The luxury of not getting soaking wet in a tent, the comfort, and the warmth from the gas mantle light. Touring the North West coast of Scotland with our old Vauxhall Victor 101 and a borrowed Sprite Muskateer.

  3. What steps would you like to see the Club take to help the environment and tackle climate change issues?
    More use of solar power, possibly investigate windmill power on some sites.

  4. What would you like your Club legacy to be?
    To remain a Members club run by Members for Members.

  5. How do you think the Club might change over the next 10 years?
    Government legislation regarding climate change will have an impact on Sites and travel both at home and overseas. With the limitations of electric vehicles, staycations will become more popular. To retain the membership sites may have to be more like holiday parks with the provision of more pods, lodges swimming pools, restaurants etc. Insurance and overseas travel and other aspects of the club will continue to thrive due to the level of service being given in these areas.

  6. Aside from touring, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
    Having just moved house we are heavily involved in gardening and enjoying it. My hobby away from caravaning is woodturning which I find very relaxing although somewhat dusty. Having family and great-grandchildren helps us to enjoy our spare time!!!

  7. If you could have dinner with anyone (deceased or living) who would you choose? And why?
    Andre Rieu. His life story and his musical ability are incredible.

  8. If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be and why?
    The first walk on the moon.

  9. If there is one person that has inspired you in life, who would it be?
    My wife Joyce.

  10. What is the best tip that you could pass on to a new Club member that you wish you had been told?
    Don't take everything at face value, go and try it out and form your own opinion.

David Turner

David Turner, Vice-Chairman

David became a Club member in 1988 and tows a caravan. 

10 Questions:

  1. What is your favourite Club Site and/or CL, and why?
    Malvern is one of our favourite CAMC sites because it is only 75 minutes drive from home and the walking nearby is great with Worcester, Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds close by for interesting days out.
  2. What is your first memory of touring?
    My wife and I bought a Knowsley Eros in 1979 for £180 and took our first daughter to Bude. What a disaster! It leaked, we lost a roof light en route and the weather was awful with a 15-month-old in a 10-foot caravan. Gas mantles, cold water and no heating. We loved it and now 40 years later..... PS is the only caravan I've ever sold at a profit.
  3. What steps would you like to see the Club take to help the environment and tackle climate change issues?
    We have made a good start with rubbish re-cycling but must go even further. Solar panels on our buildings on-site and usage of recycled water in toilets could be a further step.

  4. What would you like your Club legacy to be?
    I would like to see the recent surge in membership numbers maintained with new members encouraged to become involved in the Club through their Local Centres to ensure that we remain relevant to a diverse range of interests around our hobby.
  5. How do you think the Club might change over the next 10 years?
    Managing the transition from fossil-based fuel for transport to electric (or a.n.other!) fuel will see big changes to our leisure vehicles and the facilities required on our sites. This may impact how we use our sites with perhaps members travelling to visit without an outfit of their own, choosing to travel by electric car alone and renting accommodation on arrival.

  6. Aside from touring, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
    I enjoy fishing, reading and cycling. I also try to swim a couple of times a week and also try to stay active (rather than fit!) by visiting the gym. Of course, we enjoy our summer holidays but our winter ski holiday in the Alps, with a caravan, of course, is our favourite activity.

  7. If you could have dinner with anyone (deceased or living) who would you choose? And why?
    Probably someone like John Lennon or David Bowie to talk music and perhaps play a little. Anyone from politics would be too serious and I enjoy my food too much to think whilst eating!!

  8. If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be and why?
    Past: The 1966 World Cup Final. More recent: The London 2012 Opening and Closing ceremonies. Future: England's 2022 World Cup Victory in Qatar! Here's hoping!

  9. If there is one person that has inspired you in life, who would it be?
    I find it difficult to narrow a choice down to any one person but the choice would be someone who has contributed to science or medicine to help us all.

  10. What is the best tip that you could pass on to a new Club member that you wish you had been told?
    Join your Local Centre and just try a Rally. They come in all different shapes and sizes, some with no electricity or facilities other than fresh water and chemical disposal but others can be on full-facility sites with electricity, showers and loos. They are in all sorts of interesting places, near and far, and are a great way for newcomers to pick up useful tips. Last but not least they can be so so economical for young families!!

Ann Marie Ward

Ann Marie Ward

Ann Marie currently owns a caravan and joined the Club in 2013. 

10 Questions:

  1. What is your favourite Club Site and/or CL, and why?
    Fairlight Wood Club Site - a small site, ideal for sightseeing and only a ten-minute walk through the woods to a delightful pub.

  2. What is your first memory of touring?
    My first experience of caravanning was the day my husband proposed to me.

  3. What steps would you like to see the Club take to help the environment and tackle climate change issues?
    Work more closely with motorhome, car and caravan manufacturers to inform the design of more environmentally friendly vehicles that enable us to carry on touring.

  4. What would you like your Club legacy to be?
    That I've helped to facilitate Club staff to deliver a suite of sustainable and inclusive accommodation that continues to attract members both old and new.

  5. How do you think the Club might change over the next 10 years?
    The Club needs to provide more diverse accommodation as people move away from ownership to renting. The Club also needs to improve technology to enable members to work remotely and enhance their work/life balance.

  6. Aside from touring, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
    I'm a keen golfer and a keen bridge player, the emphasis being on 'keen' rather than talented.

  7. If you could have dinner with anyone (deceased or living) who would you choose? And why?
    JFK - he had his faults undoubtedly, but he was a skilled tactician with the ability to unite seemingly disparate groups.

  8. If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be and why?
    To be present when the Terracotta Army was discovered by a farmer who fell upon it by accident.

  9. If there is one person that has inspired you in life, who would it be?
    There is no one person, I am inspired by anyone who tries to be the best that they can be, in whatever role, while demonstrating tolerance and kindness to others.

  10. What is the best tip that you could pass on to a new Club member that you wish you had been told?
    Familiarise yourself with the Club website, there is a wealth of information that will enhance your membership experience and lots of savings that will be more than your match membership fee.

Mark Sinclair Watson

Mark Sinclair-Watson, Vice-Chairman

Mark currently owns a caravan and has been a member of the Club since 1992.

10 Questions:

  1. What is your favourite Club Site and/or CL, and why?
    The centenary site in the New Forest because we love the area and Abbey Wood for easy access to London.

  2. What is your first memory of touring?
    My father-in-law lent us his caravan and took us to Scragged Oak to begin our caravanning adventures.

  3. What steps would you like to see the Club take to help the environment and tackle climate change issues?
    Use battery-powered power tools on sites and help develop practical battery-powered or alternative sourced tow cars and motorhomes.

  4. What would you like your Club legacy to be?
    To help the club to continue in their future developments and particularly encourage young families.

  5. How do you think the Club might change over the next 10 years?
    We have to keep up with alternative energy sources for sites and vehicles for the sake of sustainability!

  6. Aside from touring, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
    When possible I love cycling, flying and spending time with my family especially my young granddaughter.

  7. If you could have dinner with anyone (deceased or living) who would you choose? And why?
    Thomas Edison. I would like to talk to him about the early days of electricity.

  8. If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be and why?
    I would have loved to have been with the Wright brothers when they first flew and I would like to be around when a viable hydrogen-fuelled car or motorhome is developed.

  9. If there is one person that has inspired you in life, who would it be?
    My mum. She has taught me to put others first and be respectful as well as being a hard worker. This is something that I have tried to replicate in everyday life.

  10. What is the best tip that you could pass on to a new Club member that you wish you had been told?
    Start enjoying yourselves and the great outdoors as early as possible because time flies! And don’t forget your bikes.

Alison Woodhams

Alison Woodhams

Alison currently owns a caravan and joined the Club in 2011. 

8 Questions:

1. What is your favourite Club Site and/or CL, and why?
Don't have a favourite - generally like all of them

2. What is your first memory of touring?
Going to the National Rally in 1964 at Burghley House in my parents Sprite Musketeer

3. What steps would you like to see the Club take to help the environment and tackle climate change issues?
Ensure that environmental issues are centre stage in all our thinking and decision making

4. What would you like your Club legacy to be?
Good governance and the recognition of the need for change - albeit evolution not revolution

5. How do you think the Club might change over the next 10 years?
No radical changes - just to continue to be one of the best leisure membership organisations reacting positively to change in member needs and aspirations

6. Aside from touring, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?Narrowboating and supporting several organisations as a trustee

7. If there is one person that has inspired you in life, who would it be?
My Dad

8. What is the best tip that you could pass on to a new Club member that you wish you had been told?
To buy a caravan sooner than we did

Greg Potter

Greg Potter

Greg joined the Club in 2002 and currently owns a motorhome. 

10 Questions:

  1. What is your favourite Club Site and/or CL, and why?
    Coniston club site in the Lake District. Lovely site great staff and great walks from the site into what we think is the most beautiful part of the country.

  2. What is your first memory of touring?
    Had some great rallies as a child from the age of 14 when mum and dad bought their first van with the Suffolk centre and especially remember their country and western rally which I then returned to when I bought my first van!!

  3. What steps would you like to see the Club take to help the environment and tackle climate change issues?
    The club is already working hard on this area with the use of electricity and the issue of tow cars being top of the list of course but as members, we all have a responsibility in doing everything we can to reduce our footprint including cycling and walking when we are visiting our amazing network.

  4. What would you like your Club legacy to be?
    That’s a difficult one to answer but to shape our great club so it is as successful in 50 years as it is today.

  5. How do you think the Club might change over the next 10 years?
    Again this is so difficult to predict but what I do know is that we have adapted and changed from the horse-drawn era into motor vehicles and as we move away from combustion engines I have no doubt this t pastime will adapt so we can continue doing what we love and enjoying the great outdoors.

  6. Aside from touring, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
    I am a keen golfer and also a radio presenter with a daily show on actual radio and for my sins an Ipswich town football club supporter.

  7. If you could have dinner with anyone (deceased or living) who would you choose? And why?
    It would have to be Bobby Robson such a great man and brilliant football manager for both Ipswich and England as well as the likes of Porto. I could listen to his stories all night and learn so much about managing some strong characters.

  8. If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be and why?
    I would love to be able to go and see the US Masters golf tournament at Augusta National.

  9. If there is one person that has inspired you in life, who would it be?
    Probably a bit of a cliche but it would be my mum and dad. Taught me so much and engendered in me a great work ethic and to enjoy life to the full. Oh and introduced me to caravan king as well!! Thanks, mum and dad.

  10. What is the best tip that you could pass on to a new Club member that you wish you had been told?
    Fortunately, I was told but my best tip would join your local centre and be brave and go along to enjoy their social events and that way you will maximise everything this great club has to offer our members.

Sue Southwell

Sue Southwell

Sue owns a motorhome and joined the Club in 1984.

10 Questions:

1. What is your favourite Club Site and/or CL, and why?
Dunnet Bay’s beautiful sprawling beach and stunning scenery gives you a sense of freedom and space making it easy to relax and have a great stay but in comparison, my other favourite is Tewkesbury for its accessibility to places further afield which is ideal for a motorhomer such as myself.

2. What is your first memory of touring?
When I was born my parents were living in a caravan in the village of Moorlynch, Somerset.  When I was 11 years old my parents then sold their boarding house in Sheffield, bought a caravan which they towed with a Bedford Utilabrake and travelled south, we ended up at a small site outside Salisbury where we lived in a large static caravan for two years before the Caravan Club bought the site and it became the Salisbury Hillside Caravan Club site in1965. We then moved to a house in Southampton.

3. What steps would you like to see the Club take to help the environment and tackle climate change issues?
To reduce our carbon footprint by tackling the reduction of electricity usage on sites, possibly by using timers in toilet blocks and meters on pitches and to continue to invest in solar energy. Try to educate our members to reduce their use of none essential additional appliances.

4. What would you like your Club legacy to be?
To have been part of the team that continues to give members value for money, keeping sites and accommodation affordable so that our members can continue to enjoy this fantastic hobby. With the benefit of the different styles of accommodation on offer being able to share weekends and holidays with families making lifelong memories at the different locations on the network. Having a policy where sustainable products and materials are our first choice when tackling refurbishments and new acquisitions. To continue to protect the environment of all sites by protecting wildlife and their habitats within our site’s networks.

5. How do you think the Club might change over the next 10 years?
The next 10 years will see the Club continue to protect the site’s network by continued investment, refurbishment and adding new acquisitions to its portfolio. The Experience Freedom brand will have grown across the site’s network allowing members to spend quality time with family and friends who will come together to enjoy the diverse experiences the network can give. Continued membership from members who have given up towing or driving a motorhome as they will be able to continue to visit their favourite sites using the sites network and alternative accommodation.

There could be opportunities to increase the Club storage facilities, seasonal pitches and the Experience Freedom brand from residents of new housing estates with limited parking and no room for caravans or motorhomes. This would allow the Club to increase its membership. The move towards electric/ hybrid cars could see significant changes to the site’s network in the future.

The Club will have a diverse membership whose needs and expectations will have to be met by becoming fully inclusive and having products and services that are appropriate. The Club will continue to thrive and appeal to new members.

6. Aside from touring, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I swim outside every weekday morning at the local David Lloyd Club. I take part in various u3a interest groups such as learning to play the ukulele, walking and learning to play Backgammon but more importantly spending time with my family making memories.

7. If you could have dinner with anyone (deceased or living) who would you choose? And why?
A very difficult question as there are so many people I would like to have dinner with for lots of various reasons. I have decided to choose a big favourite of mine. I have spent many hours watching the films of Gene Kelly and I would like to ask him all about his life, how he trained, the people he danced with and what his favourite moments were. He gave so much pleasure to so many people through the musical films he made. My all-time favourites are ‘Singing in the Rain’ & Brigadoon.

8. If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be and why?
I would have liked to have been on the quayside in Southampton when the Titanic left on her now-infamous maiden voyage to New York. What a momentous occasion it would have been to see her in all her splendour sailing majestically down the Solent.

9. If there is one person that has inspired you in life, who would it be?
Many people have inspired me, I am inspired every time I see or read about the great things that have been achieved by people who have so much to endure. They only see solutions not problems.

10. What is the best tip that you could pass on to a new Club member that you wish you had been told?
Make sure you check out the information on the Clubs website, in the site’s directory and Club magazine. Read your manuals and learn how to load your motorhome, caravan and vehicle safely.  Take advantage of the many benefits and services the Club has to offer, don’t be afraid to seek advice from the Club and enjoy your touring.

Graeme McKenzie

Graeme McKenzie

Graeme joined the Club in 1994 and owns a caravan.

10 Questions:

1. What is your favourite Club Site and/or CL, and why?
We don't really have a particular favourite, although Balbirnie Park is special because that's where we joined the Club when we had a trailer tent. More recently Richmond, Hargill House has become a regular stopover point on long journeys.

2. What is your first memory of touring?
My earliest touring memory is tenting with my brother and parents in the 60s, usually in Yorkshire. The first caravan memory is our first North Scotland Centre Rally in 1995 - a gloriously sunny Bank Holiday where we met people who we're happy to say are still friends today.

3. What steps would you like to see the Club take to help the environment and tackle climate change issues?
I think we have made a good start by appointing a Sustainability Manager and developing a Sustainability Statement. Now we have to use that statement to drive and define our policies and practices to deliver on its aims.

4. What would you like your Club legacy to be?
As a "newbie" on the Executive Committee this question seems a bit premature, but I'd like to think I'd leave a stronger and more vibrant Club then when I started.

5. How do you think the Club might change over the next 10 years?
The move away from fossil fuels is the big change we know is coming in the next 10 years and will obviously affect sites and CLs,  but how it will affect member touring behaviour generally is not clear yet. The one thing I know is that change happens at a faster rate now than at any time in the Club's history and we have to recognise and react to new circumstances and adapt so that we can serve our members.

6. Aside from touring, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Reading, cooking and riding my motorbike

7. If you could have dinner with anyone (deceased or living) who would you choose? And why?
Julius Caesar's personal attendant - I really enjoy reading about the Roman Empire and I'm sure his version of events would be much more interesting and entertaining than any official one.

8. If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be and why?
The Last Supper

9. If there is one person that has inspired you in life, who would it be?
Far too many to pick one out. Most of us have well-known heroes we admire, but it's the largely unsung ones, who face challenges, fundraise and help others, without any publicity, that I find most inspirational.

10. What is the best tip that you could pass on to a new Club member that you wish you had been told?
We were lucky that a friend persuaded us to attend a rally on our second trip in the caravan, so we had a whole community to provide all the tips and advice we could ever need. So my tip to a new member would be to join your local Centre and try a rally with an open mind, you'll get much more back than you could imagine.

Finance and Management Committee

Christopher Macgowen OBE - Chairman
Edward Baxter
Helen Drew
Martin Howitt
Mark Sinclair-Watson
Alison Woodhams
Lynn George 

Sites and Accommodation users

Mark Sinclair-Watson - Chairman
Alastair Greene
Sandy Pattullo
Gordon Smart
Sue Southwell
Ann Marie Ward

Events committee

Greg Potter - Interim Chairman
Deborah Black
Darren Charnock
Paul Funnell
Ian Maclean
Graeme McKenzie
Brian McMurray

Grants Committee

Edward Baxter - Chairman
Karen Bell
Ian Grover
Vince Mott
Edward Roberts
Janice Kent (observer)
Martyn Prince (observer)

Strategy Committee

Grenville Chamberlain OBE - Chairman
Helen Drew
Christopher Macgowen OBE
Barry Sharratt
Mark Sinclair-Watson
David Turner
Ann Marie Ward

Nominations Committee

Grenville Chamberlain OBE - Chairman
Nick Lomas
Mark Sinclair-Watson
David Turner
Ann Marie Ward

Technical Committee

David Turner - Chairman
Philip Aldridge
Malcolm Finney
Adrian Hobbs CBE
Charles Patrick
Barry Sharratt
David Pettinger (observer) 

Membership Committee

Ann Marie Ward -Chairman

Plus seven members of the Executive Committee; a quorum of three

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!