Some of our people at work

We're nothing without people.

We are a self-funding dedicated team of 'professional volunteers' coming from all walks of life.

Andy Caple

Retired (early) from teaching and fire & rescue and is really pleased they wanted an old chap to supplement the youth on the team. Moved to the lakes in November 2010. Loves anything active, classic motor sport and grandchildren. Team Secretary and Deputy Team Leader.

Ash Cooper

In 1986 Ash became the first person to climb all the 3000 feet peaks in Great Britain and Eire in one continuous, solo expedition. A feet that involved climbing over half a million feet of ascent and walking over 1200 miles. It has not been repeated in the intervening 26 years. The event raised £14,000 for the British Leprosy Relief Association. Ash joined the team in 1993 and has served as both team secretary and chairman. for the last ten years Ash has travelled all around the world recording the impacts of climate change and runs the world's only climate change photo agency.

Chelsey Robinson

Hello I'm Chelsey.

Dave Barrington

Dave runs his own Management Consultancy business. A former Team Leader of Rossendale and Pennine MRT, Dave joined our team in 2001. Dave has around 50 years experience in mountain rescue. He's also our Treasurer and looks after the teams merchadising and fundraising events.

Dave Park

Dave runs his own insurance business, and is responsible for the team's clothing

Daz SLater

Daz runs his family marine engineering business

Gareth Barrington

Team member since 2009. Recently decided to retrain and is a student paramedic and helps Comms Officer with all things radios. Swiftwater Rescue Technician

Geoff Bowen MBE

Founder member and retired GP

Graham Lobb

Graham left the Army in 2007 after nearly 20 years service in order to pursue a lifestyle change in the Lake District and now runs a guest house and self catering business in Windermere.  Interests outside of mountain rescue include competing in mountain marathons, mountain biking and trying but failing repeatedly to teach himself to play the guitar. 

Graham became a team member in Dec 2009 and also serves as Equipment Officer. Graham is also a Swiftwater Rescue Technician.

Jim Evans

Hello I'm Jim.

John Shedwick


Keith Birch

Sales Manager

Keith Owen

Hello I'm Keith.

Kingsley Jones

Guidebook Writer

Les Gordon

Consultant Anaesthetist. Helps with medical training and all things medical. He has a particular interest in hypothermia

Lucy Noble

Outdoor Instructor and adventurer. Swiftwater Rescue Technician

Mark Bains

Mark is Development Manager for the Grasmere-based Wordsworth Trust. He joined the team in 2007, and became Secretary and team bureaucrat in 2008 after making the mistake of admitting to owning his own pen. A letter from Mark was an event to remember and cherish. Mark is now Team Chair, but he is still using the same pen. He is also a Swiftwater Rescue Technician. When in the water he chooses a pencil.

Mark Parker

Retired construction director

Swiftwater Rescue Technician

Martin Kenyon

Estate Manager

Matt Butler

Matt has worked as an outdoor activities instructor since 2007. With a passion for rock climbing, mountaineering and jumping off waterfalls he was soon drawn to the Lakes.

Mike McVey

Mike was born and bred in the Lakes (quite rare creature in LAMRT), but the bright city lights lured him away for a couple of decades. After some reasonably exciting travels, the rainy fells eventually brought him back, and he lives with his wife and son in the house where he grew up. In his spare time he struggles to keep up with his son in the fells.

Mo Richards MBE

Although Mo started going out on rescues with the Team in 1970, she didn't  actually become a team member officially

Neil Bowness

Neil is our Communications Officer

Nick Owen MBE

Nick joined the team in 1992 after a few years with Kendal MRT, while living in Kendal. He manages a hostel in the Langdale valley.

He has served the team in a training role, as Equipment Officer, Deputy Team Leader and was Team Leader between 2007 and 2022 before handing over to Olly. He is also responsible for the team's website, being a master at copying and pasting, and where his inability to spell or proof read finds a very special home.

Nick Short

Retired military, and passionate mountaineer, having climbed around the world. Currently working as a teacher/mentor in problem solving in the security sector and occasional outdoor work. Married with three children and a crazy Labrador retriever 

Nick Wright

Paramedic specialising in remote healthcare, who runs a medical training and event medic company. Training Office and Deputy Team Leader

Olly Benson

Olly is originally from Yorkshire so first developed his passion for the fells as a young boy navigating through the mist and rain in the Dales.

Over time walking developed into fellrunning, which progressed to climbing and mountaineering in the Lake District, Scotland and the Alps.

At our AGM in March ‘22 Olly took over the role of Team Leader from Nick O

Paul Burke

Retired Police Officer and Facebook minder

Phil Kirby

Phil is a photographer specialising in Trail Races, when his day job as a courier doesn't get in the way. His first contact with the team was way back in the seventies when they were called out to assist one of his school party. It's taken him a while to get involved …

Robert Collyer

Retired sound and vibration engineer. 

Robin Brackenbury

Moved from London to The Lakes in 2014, having worked in commercial property asset management for 30 years. Now runs a bed & breakfast and self catering business in Ambleside. Works at music festivals in the summer, as an occasional tour guide around The Lakes and helps train mountain rescue search dogs. Joined the team as a trainee in 2016.

Roger Barton

Retired doctor

Sarah Anderson

Sarah is an Upland Footpath Ranger with the National Trust. Her passage in to the team has nothing to do with her cake baking skills...

Stefan Milanec

Stefan is a chef and is in his second stint as a team member

Tom Burke

Tom is the third generation of his family to join the team, with all still serving 

Una Gordon

Una is an Honorary Member and assists with casualty care training and all things medical

Will Betts

Will is a freelance outdoor instructor and works part time in an outdoor shop