The crew at Sheerness are all volunteers except for Robin Castle MBE who is the full time Coxswain/Mechanic.

Generally the station has between 25-30 voluntary crew at any one time between both boats who are all on pager 24/7, 365 days of the year. Our crew come from varied backgrounds and have vastly different day jobs, some working away in London while others in local shops and businesses.

In order to launch a Lifeboat the Coastguard request a tasking to our Launching Authority which is overseen by our Lifeboat Operations Manager, Nigel Budden. It is the responsibility of Nigel and our Deputy Launch Authority members to  page the crew and launch the boats. At that time crew are paged and muster at the station to go to sea and perform the tasking.

In order to be operational crew, each member undertakes extensive training and has the potential to learn and develop sea-going skills whether they are experienced seafarers or not. In fact it is most common for our crew not to not have a history at sea before joining the crew as is the extent of the training given by fellow crew and that of the RNLI in Poole.

If you are interested to join our crew and want to know more, you can get in touch with us and discuss it. We are always looking for new volunteers, please see here to contact us

You can see each operational member of Sheerness listed below


Nigel Budden
Lifeboat Operations Manager
Andy Willmore
Deputy Launching Authority
David Brown
Deputy Launching Authority
Paul Sands
Deputy Launching Authority
Vic Booth
Station Press Officer
Robin Castle MBE
Coxswain / Mechanic
Paul Jarvis
2nd Coxswain & Lifeboat Training Co-Ordinator
Steve Spoor
ALB Crew / Mechanic
Andy Barnes
ILB Helm and ALB Crew/Navigator
Clive Hancock
ILB Helm and Deputy 2nd Coxswain
Andy Matthews
ALB Crew/Mechanic
Nicki Wood
ALB Crew/Navigator
Jason Bailey
ILB & ALB Crew
Tom Ware
ILB Helm & ALB Mechanic/Navigator
Dan St John/Knight
ALB Crew
Malcolm Kemsley
ILB Helm & ALB Crew/Navigator
Mark Tucker
ILB Helm & ALB Crew
Dale Finnigan
ILB Helm & ALB Crew
Ashley Kemsley
ILB & ALB Crew
Luke Harris
ILB & ALB Crew
Kerry Barnes
ILB & ALB Crew
Jason Strudwick
ILB & ALB Crew
Damo Bird
ILB & ALB Crew
Dan Monk
ILB & ALB Crew
Rob Gourley
ILB & ALB Crew
Aaron Rogers
ILB & ALB Crew
Jack Smedley
ILB & ALB Crew
Dave Newman
ILB & ALB Trainee Crew
Gary Clements
ILB & ALB Trainee Crew
Rachel Collier
ILB & ALB Trainee Crew
Steve Elliott
ALB Trainee Crew