Management Committee

The Management Committee are the Directors of Phoenix Yacht Club Ltd and are elected at the annual general meeting. They consist of the Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodores Sailing and Admin, the Treasurer and up to two members without portfolio. The Management Committee appoint the Company Secretary.


Bob Cousins

I learned to sail at school, taught by my Physics teacher in a GP14 built by my woodwork teacher. Twice we had school trips to the Norfolk Broads sailing flat bottomed gaff riggers.  My A-levels were lousy but sailing was the best lesson I ever learned.

Dropping out of university in 1969, I joined an ancient Baltic coaster being converted into a 3 masted schooner.  We sailed her from Kent to the Galapagos Islands and were the first boat to run tours in the islands

When the family came along we would take flotilla holidays in the Greeks Islands. There I met Simon Banting who told me all about Phoenix and in 2001 I joined.  I used to think that belonging to PYC was the next best thing to owning a boat but I have to admit that it is actually better than being an owner.  I have encountered so many people who love being afloat and are willing to get cold and wet and still enjoy themselves.  I achieved all my RYA qualifications with Phoenix and have a great admiration for our Instructors who put themselves through so much in order to pass on skills and knowledge to newcomers. Our Instructors are a huge asset to the club.

My log book reminds me that I have sailed some 38,000 miles including 4 Atlantic crossings, a Pacific crossing and 2 Fastnet races. It does not show that I still get sea-sick!

Phoenix is a remarkable organisation, self-sufficient, safety conscious, educational, sociable, forward thinking. It is run and supported by people who care about the welfare of the boats and the people who sail in them.  We begin the New Year with the sale of our beloved Spellbinder and the purchase of her replacement very much in our minds.  That process has thrown up new issues about how we fund our vessels and plan for their replacement.  I am impressed by our excellent Bo’sunry  and would like to see more members updating their understanding of our boats’ systems, their maintenance and what to do if things go wrong. We now have an excellent communications system and I hope that we will be able to develop this to pool our collective knowledge of ports and restaurants.  Looking to the future it is clear that to thrive the club needs more younger members and we need to develop a strategy that will encourage the next generation of sailors to learn and grow with Phoenix.

Phoenix has given me much happiness and I hope that through the role of Commodore I may have the opportunity to give something back.

Vice Commodore

David Brookes

I started sailing in the 60’s in dinghies before moving up to cruising with the family in flotilla holidays worldwide and many sailing days on PYC boats. I have an RYA Coastal skippers ticket  and  I am an Offshore skipper with the club  having been involved with the PYC for over 30 years including spells as bosun, Commodore and Vice Commodore.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Vice Commodore – deputize for and support the Commodore at MC , AGM and EGM meetings.
  • Provide a long term view for the overall health and sustainability of the club.
  • Member of Sub group of MC responsible for boat replacement including present campaign to replace Spellbinder.


Rear Commodore (Sailing)

Trevor Nicholls

I have been a member of Phoenix for over 15 years, I am an offshore skipper and Yachtmaster Instructor (helping run the clubs RYA and YM courses), I have been active in club cruising, training and racing – where I have completed over 30 RORC Offshore races including 3 Fastnet Races.

Role and Responsibilities

Chairman of the Sailing Committee, equivalent to the clubs Managing Director, responsible for achieving SC objectives and managing our sailing programme, our boats and sailing activities.

Rear Commodore (Admin)

Robert Lewcock

I was first cast adrift in a small rowing boat in the North Sea in the 1950s; during the 1960s I moved onto dinghy sailing on the River Deben. I joined the Royal Navy in 1968 and continued to enjoy sailing, gaining a day skipper ticket in a 42' Morgan Giles yacht.  My nautical activities now focus on leisure sailing, primarily in PYC, and I qualified as a Yachtmaster Offshore in 2016

Role and Responsibilities

Responsible to the Rear Commodore (Sailing) for the efficient administration of the Club’s day-to-day operations.


Debbie Roberts

Role and Responsibilities

  1. Causes such books of account to be kept as are necessary to give a true and accurate view of the state of finances of the Club and in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act.
  2. Administers such insurance policy or policies as may be needed to fully protect the interests of the Club, its assets, Officers and members.
  3. Prepares the annual budget for ratification by the Sailing Committee and Management Committee.
  4. Operates the Club bank accounts.
  5. Monitors the financial progress of the Club throughout the year.
  6. Administers the Subscription Discount Scheme and keeps a register of all subscribers, and those wishing to be repaid.

Company Secretary

John Liddy

I started sailing as a novice in about 2004, and joined PYC shortly after that. Using the training opportunities offered by the Club, I have progressed through the various qualification levels to Yachtmaster-Offshore and Club Offshore Skipper.  I joined the Sailing Committee as SC Secretary in 2014, and in late-2017  I moved on to the Management Committee in the role of Company Secretary.


Role and Responsibilities

My role has two strands to it. As Company Secretary, I am responsible for ensuring that PYC complies with the regulatory requirements that apply to a limited company.  In parallel, I act as Secretary to the Management Committee, which involves organising the MC's regular meetings and the Annual General Meeting, and keeping records of the decisions made at these meetings.

Ordinary Member

Tinu Cornish

Role and Responsibilities

Ordinary Member

Richard Ash

This is my 30th season cruising on sailing yachts and I have cruised the South and East coasts of the UK, Belgium, France, The Netherlands and the Baltic.  I have also enjoyed warmer cruising in the Mediterranean, Canaries, and Caribbean.  I am qualified to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore level and have done the theory for Ocean too, but so far have not made Ocean passages.  Having shared ownership of two yachts before moving to the South coast and joining PYC in 2008, I was quickly identified as a potential bosun, a role I have fulfilled ever since on Firebird and Quartette.

Role and Responsibilities

I joined the management committee in 2017 with the objective of contributing to refreshing the club’s operating model for the future,  while retaining the club ethos.