The Team

Dr Roger Smith – Branch Chairman & Lifeboat Medical Adviser
roger_smithRoger is a GP at a local practice.

He as a special interest in emergency medicine and has been the station’s Honorary Medical Adviser for over 20 years.

Roger was appointed branch chairman in 2017.

   
Dave Cocks – Lifeboat Operations Manager
dave_cocks_2013Dave joined the station in 1978, following in his father’s footsteps. During his time on the station he has been crew member, tractor driver, senior tractor driver, tractor mechanic and Deputy Launching Authority.

 Dave says: ‘The camaraderie and dedication of the volunteer crew is what makes being on the station most worthwhile.’

Dave works as a freelance first aid instructor, having previously spent many years working in the steel industry as a blastfurnaceman.

He also acts as Lifeboat Press Officer.

   
Bob O’Neill – Deputy Launching Authority

Bob_ONeillBob is retired and previously worked as a Shift Production Engineer in the offshore industry.

He first became interested in the RNLI in early 1969, when he was an apprentice mechanic at a garage close to the lifeboat station, and officially joined the crew in December 1969. He has been boat crew, ILB crew, tractor driver, member of the management committee.

Bob says: ‘I get a great deal of satisfaction when we bring someone in safely who may not otherwise have survived.

‘Thankfully the good times far outweigh the bad. It is good to see we still get volunteers through the doors who are willing to help people in need.’

   
Howard Smith – Deputy Launching Authority

howard_smith1Howard joined the station as a Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) in 2014. After many years in the police as a specialist in Police Diving and Marine Operations, he is now the a health and safety advisor in the public sector.

Howard say ‘I enjoy my work with the Redcar team and I’ve started mentoring young people who are completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award and are using the RNLI as charity work to complete the award.’

   
Tony Jamieson – Sea Safety Officer
tony_jamiesonTony has been involved with the RNLI for over 40 years.He was previously a crew member at a nearby lifeboat station.

He is a retired transport manager.

   
Peter Haslett – Lifeboat Treasurer
peter_haslettPeter has been the station’s treasurer for over 20 years, having joined as shore crew in 1984.

He is a retired assistant bank manager.

   
Mike Picknett – Senior Helmsman
 Mike PicknettMike received the 30-year bar to his long service badge in 2015. He was awarded the BEM for services to the RNLI in 2012.

He works for Cleveland Fire Brigade.

   
Tony Wild – Helmsman
tony_wildTony joined the RNLI in 1995 and has recently completed 20 years service.

He is a heavy good vehicle driver.

   
Mark Reeves – Helmsman
mark_reevesMark was a full-time fisherman before he joined the crew, sometimes sailing with other fishermen who manned the lifeboats at Redcar.

Mark now works as a marine co-ordinator in the wind turbine industry.

   
Andy Beevis – Helmsman
Andy_BeevisHelmsman Andy is a lobster merchant.

He joined the RNLI in 2001.

   
Cameron Bond – Helmsman
Cameron joined the RNLI in 1992. He is a pilot boat skipper.
   
Dave Scott – Helmsman & Training Co-Ordinator
Dave is the station’s training co-ordinator.

He joined as crew in 2008.

He works for the local port authority.

   
Barry Knaggs – Crew member
barry_knaggsBarry has been with the crew since 1987.

He is an ambulance technician.

   
Tom McNamara – Crew member
Tom is one of the more senior crew members on the station, joining in 2001 having also served some years earlier.

He spends his spare time cycling and surfing.

Tom works in the owner of East Coast Cycles.

   
Craig Pearson – ILB helmsman
craig_pearsonCraig joined the Redcar station in 2006, having served at Teesmouth lifeboat station from 2001.

He works in the offshore industry.

   
Mark McGuire – ILB helmsman
Mark joined the crew at Redcar in 2008 because he wanted to something worthwhile and help local people.

Mark says the best part of being a crew member is that he is involved in helping others and making a difference to someone’s life.

Mark works as a shipping clerk for a local haulage company and spends his free time doing many things from anything outdoors to cooking.

Ben Howard – ILB helmsman
ben_howardBen joined the station in 2012.

He is chief mate and works on pipe laying vessels.

   
Derek Nelson – Crew member
derek_nelsonDerek joined us in 2006.

He is a specialist in the offshore pipe and cable laying industries.

   
Stuart Nelson – Crew member
stuart_nelsonLike his father Derek, Stuart joined the Redcar station in 2006 from a nearby station.

Stuart is a ROV pilot.

   
Nathan Hobday – Crew member
nathan_hobdayNathan joined the station in 2010 as a trainee. He saw the lifeboat launching on a few rescues and decided he wanted to be part of the team.

Nathan is a pilot cutter skipper. His main hobby is photography.

 
Ben Cutter – trainee
Ben joind the RNLI in 2015.

He is currently a deck hand on the river pilot vessels..

 
Luke Picknett – trainee
Luke joined the station in 2014.

He is an apprentice mechanical engineer.

   
Stephen Sill – Trainee
stephen_sillSteve is a part-time fisherman. He joined the RNLI in 2011.
   
Dan Birkbeck – Trainee
Dan joined the station in 2015.

He is currently a maintenance technician for a nearby manufacturing company.

His main hobby is photography.

Dan say ‘I volunteered for the RNLI because I enjoy being out on the water and want to do something worthwhile that helps people.’

   
Neil Lavan – Trainee
Neil joined the station in 2016.

He is currently a mechanical fitter at a nearby rolling mill.

   
Paul McQuillan- Trainee
Paul joined the station in 2017.

He works as a rope access rigger in the oil and gas industry.

   
Steve (Ako) Atkinson- Trainee
Steve joined the station in 2017.

He works as a care assistant in the NHS.

   
Doug Shotton – Senior Tractor Driver & Tractor mechanic
Doug_ShottonDoug is our senior tractor driver and tractor mechanic, joining in 1994.

Doug is a retired miner, having worked in a local potash mine for many years.

   
Derek Robinson – Tractor Driver
Derek RobinsonDerek joined the crew in 1986. After a long time as boat crew, Derek became one of the station’s tractor drivers.

Derek works in the offshore wind industry.

   
Steve Fordham – trainee tractor driver
Steve_FordhamSteve joined the station in 2016 as a trainee tractor driver.
   
Steve Atkinson – Tractor Driver
steve_atkinsonSteve joined the RNLI in 1997.

Steve is a psychiatric nurse.

   
Bruce Hardy – Tractor Driver
bruce_hardyBruce was a crew member before becoming a tractor driver, joining in 2001.
   
Trevor Jones – Lifeboat Station Attendant
Trevor JonesLifeboat station attendant Trevor is a retired funeral director and joined the team in 2010.