COACH is both a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity with 9 Trustees

Dave Bullock (Centre Manager)

Dave used to work for Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) managing Physical Education and competition in the 65 schools in the Taunton and West Somerset Area. Dave was instrumental in helping raise the £1.2 Million to Build COACH. Dave helped establish Taunton Adventurous Sports and Canoe Club (TASCC).  Dave was involved in the steering group that established Longrun Meadow and used to chair The Friends of Longrun Meadow.  Dave is co Event Director of Longrun Meadow parkrun.  Dave now works as Centre Manager one day a week

Ian Payne

Ian is the Head of Maths at Shrewsbury School, where he also coaches rowing focusing on the Junior 14 “Learn to row” courses..  Ian was key to helping raise the £1.2 Million to build COACH.  Taunton Rowing Club, was the 4th club Ian has established, being responsible for  acquiring large amounts of funding and equipment.  Ian is also a governor at Shrewsbury College and does a Maths outreach project in local schools.

David Bird  (Treasurer)

David, a retired GP, in between seeing patients, spent 30yrs gazing over Longrun Meadow from his consulting room in French Weir Health Centre. Now he enjoys slowly jogging in the parkruns round the Meadow, although, as a Cumbrian, his favourite sport is hill walking. From the medical viewpoint he very much appreciates the physical and mental benefits to health offered by COACH to participants in the various activities.

Estelle Smillie

Estelle is a local resident and former Teacher who enjoys the Outdoors, being involved in canoeing and kayaking

Dan Brice  (Secretary)

Dan is representing the Channel Group. He has worked for Channel Adventure and now runs Channel Events

Ben Appleby

Ben runs Applebees Fitness out of COACH offering various health and fitness services. He and his team are passionate about getting everyone active and feeling great about themselves. Ben has been in the health and fitness industry since 2012 specialising in corrective exercise, and has been a firefighter at Taunton fire station since 2014. He also campaigns against the reduction in fire cover in the local area. In his spare time he likes to go walking with his wife, daughter and cocker spaniel and participate in any outdoor pursuits that will get his heart rate going.

Karen Hood  (Chair)

Karen and her husband Pete run the “Weir” Cafe at COACH.  They also used to run the “Shed” in Goodlands Gardens.