Our team


 Gary Palmer – Head of Centre

Gary took over the helm at Cobnor in January 2013. He has worked in the outdoor education industry for nearly 20 years. His experience covers many disciplines, including instructing in sailing, paddling, powerboating, climbing and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award training. Gary’s two passions are the outdoors and travelling. 

Miranda Powley – Operations Manager

Miranda grew up in Bosham, dinghy sailing in Chichester harbour. Following a management career in the retail and IT industries, she joined Cobnor in 2011.  Prior to returning to Bosham in 2003, Miranda lived and worked in Dorking, where she was a school governor at a primary school.

Alex Evans - Chief Instructor 

Alex is a highly qualified instructor with many strings to his bow. He looks after the activity side of the centre and ensures that everything is running safely. He is passionate about working in the outdoors and loves to create unforgettable experiences for every customer. 

Charlotte Buchanan - Outdoor Education Development Manager 

Charlotte joined us in March and looks after our schools and youth groups, having previously worked for the Royal Yachting Association in their Sport Development team she joins Cobnor wanting to develop the programs to ultimately create the best experiences for the customers as possible! She learned to sail in Chichester Harbour and is passionate about developing opportunities that young people have to experience outdoor activities. 

Roshana Nagi - Senior Activities Instructor 

Roshana has been sailing for 10 years, starting in the harbour at Felpham Sailing Club. Whilst specialising in sailing, Roshana has now worked in the outdoor industry for three years and leads many other activities at Cobnor. She thrives in helping individuals enjoy new experiences in a natural environment, enhancing their personal development. "I love being involved in special projects, reaching out to schools ... and getting more and more kids involved as we go". 


Phil Elwood - Senior Activities Instructor 

Phil is a paddler, who has worked in the outdoor industry for the last 8 years and has joined Cobnor as a multi-activity instructor. Having worked in London as a design engineer, he decided to make his hobbies his job! He still supports a local school as a DT club teacher and loves to help young people with their personal development.