Andrew Carpenter, Boat and General Manager
Andrew multi-tasks as our Boat Manager, Trainer and General Manager. With over 10 years under his belt at The Pirate Castle, he brings a wealth of experience of narrow and wide-beam craft on both canals and rivers.
Andrew is a registered trainer for the National Community Boats Association and the Royal Yachting Association and holds a Boatmaster's Licence. He first became involved in Community Boating in 1998 after a varied career. His first job was a part-time farm labourer aged 14, followed by stints as a forester, a gardener and a groundsman. He then decided to persue his passion by becoming a professional musician and spent several years touring across Europe, the USA and the Far East before training as a cabinetmaker and joiner. His interests include music, history, art, politics and, of course - boating!
Kal Webb - Development and Outreach Officer
After 10 years' volunteering at the Pirate Castle, Kal joined the staff team in June 2016 and is passionate about community boating. She's been a regular skipper on our canal boats since training with us for her Certificate in Community Boat Management (CCBM) in 2006 and is also a Level 1 Paddlesport Coach. A true water baby, Kal also lives on her own narrowboat! Before joining us, Kal was Fundraising Manager for a local community regeneration charity, worked on policy and governance at a not-for-profit housing association and even ran an export division for a trendy radiator company! email Kal
Jacqui Delaney - Admin and Finance
Jacqui has been with the Pirate Castle for 4 years. She first joined us as a freelancer, then took a 6-month temporary position as Administrator before becoming a permanent member of the staff team in January 2013. Jacqui deals with all aspects of running The Pirate Castle, from taking bookings to back office administration and finance. Having worked in a variety of small and worldwide organisations in fields such as banking, insolvency, property consultancy, safeguarding adults with learning disabilities and much more, Jacqui brings a diverse set of skills. She is also a student of Archaeology, specialising in the Celtic period. You'll usually see her accompanied at The Castle by her faithful and friendly German Shepherd, Bren-Erin. email Jacqui
Along with being one of our core BCU/UKCC Level 2 kayak instructors, Darren is a qualified youth and play worker and has a great approach with young people and disability groups of all ages. He is also a fine ambassador for paddlesport and community boating, having trained hard and worked his way up to become a fantastic coach and canal boat skipper. Darren's hobbies include theatre, free-running and messing about in boats.