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.

Shelly Hamilton - Office Administrator 

I am Shelly and I joined Cobnor in February 2022 as Office Administrator and will help you with any questions you have about courses and group bookings. In my spare time I am a Scout Leader, Forest School Assistant and I love to be outside. It is so rewarding to see and help young people push their boundaries and achieve new skills in a controlled environment. This year I have started my powerboating and paddle sport adventure! 

Tim Burgess - Senior Activity Instructor 

A bit about me, my name is Tim and I joined the team at Cobnor in 2015. This season I have a new challenge being one of the Senior Instructors. I was also a Wholetime Firefighter in Hampshire for 33 years until my retirement in 2020. I enjoy being part of a community that is dedicated to creating a meaningful and impactful experience for young people and adults. I hold the following outdoor qualifications: British Canoeing Coach, Archery GB Instructor, British Schools Cycling Association Leader, DofE Award Assessor, RYA Powerboat and Safety boat and Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid. At Cobnor I try my hand at all disciplines so you will find me on the land or the water but always with a smile on my face. I just love being outdoors! When I am not at work you will find me walking my dog “Barney”, driving “Margot” the 1977 VW Camper or buzzing around the garden looking after my beehives

Jamie Dadswell - Activity Instructor 

Hello, I'm Jamie. I am a Senior Dinghy Instructor and I joined Cobnor back in 2022 and am back for the 2023 season! I love being out on the water everyday, what could be better! You will find me taking groups and families out sailing in the Hawk 20's as well as running the RYA Youth Stage sailing courses. 

Owen Backshall - Activity Instructor 

Hi everyone I am Owen! I am now back for my third year now and I love nothing better than taking my groups paddling or building and racing rafts. You will also find me in the archery field or leading activities in the main field. 

Andy Horner - Casual Activity Instructor 

Hello I am Andy! I have worked at Cobnor Activities Centre trust for many years. You will find me running our land based activities such as climbing, archery, problem solving, low ropes, bushcraft, shelter building and orienteering.