Meet your Club President

Thomas Edward Coke

Thomas Edward Coke, 8th Earl of Leicester became President of The Caravan Club at the Annual Members’ Meeting on the 21st October 2006.

Tom is the son of the late Edward Coke, 7th Earl of Leicester. He was educated at Eton College between 1979-1983. He was Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II.

He graduated from University of Manchester with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1987 he was commissioned into the Scots Guards. Between 1991 and 1993, he served as Equerry to the Duke of Kent. Tom continues to run the family estate at Holkham Hall in North Norfolk.

Photo from Club Magazine July 2009 - Club President, Viscount Coke (as he was then), with his wife Polly and children Hermione, Juno, Edward and Elizabeth in front of their Airstream.

The Airstream was a gift from Polly for Tom’s 40th birthday.

Tom’s interests include the great outdoors, especially cycling and running around Norfolk, heritage, conservation and country sports.

Meet your Vice-Presidents

Lord Cadman

John Anthony Cadman, 3rd Baron Cadman of Silverdale was educated at Harrow School and The Royal Agricultural College Cirencester.

Tony married his wife, Jan, in 1975 and joined The Caravan Club in 1978. He became a Vice-President of The Club in October 2000.

Following a career in farming and as a restauranteur, he took his seat in the House of Lords in 1993 serving on several Select Committees including that on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill.

He has caravanned extensively with his family both in the UK and Europe making much use of Club facilities. Following the passing of the House of Lords Act, Tony & Jan went to live in France where the caravan not only was a useful mean of returning to the UK, but it made an excellent spare bedroom for visitors from the UK.

Tony and Jan are now retired and back in the UK living near Milton Keynes. Tony's interests are anything to do with railways and transport (logistics) in general. He enjoys driving, hence the extensive European tours undertaken.

Michael Drayton

Michael was appointed Vice-President of The Caravan Club at the Annual Members’ Meeting in 2006.

After completing a post-graduate business course at Glasgow University in 1972, Michael entered the City as a shipbroker.

He moved to the Hong Kong office in 1978, returning to London in 1985 to complete a management buy-out of his firm.

In 2007, he was elected Chairman of The Baltic Exchange by when he had also moved into ship-owning, becoming Chairman of Arlington Tankers, which he listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2004. Having recently retired from the City, Michael is Vice-Chairman of the Sailors’ Society and Chairman of the Sir Gabriel Woods Mariners’ Home in Greenock.

As well as a collection of classic sports cars, Michael has three classic caravans, all Carlights having rescued the company from bankruptcy some years ago. He is a trustee of WW1 Aviation Heritage which owns and displays WW1 aircraft.

His other great interest is cathedral music, having commissioned new works (e.g. the ‘Anthem for Seafarers’) and sponsored a number of recordings. Michael and his wife, Gail, live in Hampshire and have four children all of whom have now left home leaving just the cat, Scoop.