Information - Meet the Team

Doreen Gibbons, Commodore

I was born and bred in the Black Country - possibly one of the farthest points from any marine activity, however recently I have fulfilled my lifelong ambition of moving to Cornwall to be close to the sea.

After studying public administration at Wolverhampton University, I spent 30 years working for local government building my knowledge and understanding of the public sector. I have also run two very successful small businesses, one supplying ceramic workshops to schools, colleges, galleries and other educational establishments, and the other running an art gallery for local artists and community groups.

Since moving to Cornwall I have made the most of being close to the sea. I enjoy gig rowing and as the newly appointed Commodore for BATs I fully intend to encourage as many visually impaired and blind participants to enjoy the delights of sailing.

Glyn Timmins, Treasurer

Born in London 19 Feb 1955, Educated at Bremilham Secondary `modern School in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Joined the Royal Navy in 1971 as a Writer. Served for 24 years achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Experienced in all forms of administrative management and Treasurer of numerous service funds. Joined the Civil Service in 1995, and since 2000 been the Treasurer of a large service charity.

Currently still working as a Civil Servant at RNAS Culdrose. Joined BATs in 2019 when I assumed the role of Treasurer. Interests include fishing, walking, sailing and watching F1. Married to Catherine for 44 years.

Alan, Committee Member & Bosun

I left the Fleet Air Arm (Navy). I had a little time to myself. A friend of mine got me into sailing. (having left the Navy). I qualified as a day skipper. 2004,

Then I met up with one of the BATS members who was recruiting. I love the sailing but I also love the fun we have. I have made good friends. However, there is a lot involved keeping our yacht Lucienne seaworthy, quite a challenge but very rewarding.