The BCRC AGM, is held in April each year when Officer posts are up for re-election. Below are the contact details for the BCRC Officers and a brief summary of their roles ….

(Note: Email links may not work on all devices – you can always use the form on the Contact Us page to send a message to the BCRC Secretary)

Chairman - Peter Dennis
Chairman: Peter Dennis
Represents cave rescue with Government, the emergency services, UKSAR and MREW. A member of Scottish CRO 1996-2006, serving as secretary, 2000-2006. After moving to Aberystwyth in 2006, he joined SMWCRT, was elected onto the SMWCRT committee in 2016 as Assistant Training Officer and BCRC representative. Served as Training Officer 2017 to present, and organiser of the BCRC ResCon 2017 conference.
 
Vice Chairman - Bill Whitehouse
Vice Chairman: Bill Whitehouse MBE
Assists and deputises for the chairman and is BCRC’s representative on the UKSAR Operators and Volunteers Groups. A member of Derbyshire CRO since 1964 and for many years a rescue controller and either its secretary or chairman. Past chairman of BCRC 1980 – 2015. A current trustee of the Mountain and Cave Rescue Benevolent Fund.
Assistant Chair - Gary Mitchell
Assistant Chair: Gary Mitchell
BCRC representative for liaison with Mountain Rescue England & Wales Executive, and at MREW Regional Chairs meetings. Warden and Emergency Services Liaison for South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team.
Secretary - Emma Porter
Secretary: Emma Porter
Ensures regular communications between teams and BCRC, undertakes admin tasks and deals with external enquiries. Organises officers’ meetings, produces and distributes minutes. Represents BCRC at British Caving Association meetings and at the MREW Forward Planning Group. Training Co-ordinator of Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation and team member of Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group.
 
Treasurer - Heather Simpson
Treasurer: Heather Simpson
Manages finances and coordinates fundraising. Part of MREW fundraising group and also manages MREW collecting tins. Heather is a member of North Wales Cave Rescue Organisation, Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation and Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation.
Training Coordinator - Jim Davis
Training Co-ordinator: Jim Davis
Addresses any national training needs, responds to requests from BCRC teams and supports other officers. Working closely on the team review process. Represents BCRC at the MREW Training sub-committee. Member of Cave Rescue Organisation.
Diving Officer - Chris Jewell
Diving Officer: Chris Jewell
Advises on cave diving issues and liases between the Cave Diving Group and BCRC.
Equipment Officer - Mike Clayton
Equipment Officer: Mike Clayton
Liaises between teams and MREW for the government grant, and has been running PPE inspection courses for teams. Represents BCRC at the MREW Equipment sub-committee meetings and works for a height safety specialist company so gets to test the latest equipment. Chair of Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation and team member of Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group.
ICT Officer - Tony Haigh
Communications Officer: Tony Haigh
The aims of this post are to seek to enhance ICT and Communications for cave rescue.
Information Officer: Roger King
Ensures that contact information for the fifteen cave rescue teams within the UK and Eire is maintained and updated regularly. Collects, collates and distributes incident and other statistics from the teams.

 

Legal Advisor - Toby Hamnett
Legal Advisor: Toby Hamnett
A solicitor and volunteers as the Legal Adviser for BCRC. He focuses on pragmatic solutions and believes in communication to ensure that cave rescue legal risk is minimised. If a case requires specialist knowledge outside of his areas of expertise he can assist in ensuring that the right expert is identified for the teams.
Brendon Sloan - Medical Officer
Medical Officer: Brendan Sloan
Involves advising and dealing with medical queries from teams and keeping teams aware of relevant medical issues of concern to cave rescue. Represents BCRC at the MREW medical sub-committee and serves as the BCRC’s medical member of the UKSAR Medical Group.
Pete Allwright
Foreign Secretary: Pete Allwright
Represents BCRC at the European Cave Rescue Association and liaises with overseas cave rescue bodies.
Conference Secretary
Conference Secretary: James Begley
Organising the 2019 BCRC Rescue Conference in Priddy (over the weekend of the 6th-8th September 2019) which will be hosted by Mendip Cave Rescue. James is a Warden for Mendip Cave Rescue.