Staff profiles

Andrew CarpenterAndrew Carpenter, Boat and General Manager

Andrew multi-tasks as our Boat Manager, Senior Trainer and General Manager. With over 12 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!
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Contact a PirateKal Webb - Development Manager

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 and takes care of our community centre bookings and office administration. She first joined us as a freelancer, then took a 6-month temporary position before becoming a permanent member of the staff team in January 2013. 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 Pirate Castle by her faithful and friendly German Shepherd, Bren-Erin. email Jacqui

Darren Greenwood – Youth Worker and Kayak Coach

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.