Management Committee

The Management Committee are the Directors of Phoenix Yacht Club Ltd and are elected at the annual general meeting. They consist of the Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodores Sailing and Admin, the Treasurer and up to two members without portfolio. The Management Committee appoint the Company Secretary.

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Tom Lynch

Who is Tom Lynch?

My passion for all forms of water sports started as a youth in the Sea Cadets and has continued to this day. Over the years I have windsurfed, water skied, sailed and instructed in dinghies, been a qualified powerboat, water ski boat driver and instructor, a safety boat driver and most recently offshore yacht master.

I have been a member of PYC for 10 years and in the early days I had a share in a yacht, so I mainly used the club to progress through my qualifications via the excellent club offerings including the Coastal and Offshore YM courses. However, since selling that yacht, PYC has been my yachting home and in the last 5 years I have spent ~150 days board and covered over 5000 miles with PYC.   My sailing genes are more cruiser than racer and I have regularly skippered summer cruise weeks and organised many trips outside the Solent to France,  Holland, the West Country, Scotland, the Channel Islands and I also planned and skippered the delivery trip for Relax from the Baltic to Haslar. I enjoy helping members develop their sailing skills during my trips and often provide mentored skippering opportunities for YM Offshore qualifying passages.  I am currently a PYC skipper assessor and I enjoy mentoring aspiring club skippers and provide informal opportunities to develop skills during my trips. Over the years I have also been active in recruiting new members through my personal networks and hosting many introductory sails for potential new members.

Relevant ExperienceIn terms of my experience relevant to the PYC Management Committee I have an in-depth knowledge of the club and its operations having served on the Sailing Committee for a number of years, on the Management committee for the past year, and also as a very active member who makes extensive use of the club yachts. I also have wide experience of serving with, and leading, committee-based organisations.  I am a past Vice President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division and a former Trustee of the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund Charity managing funds in excess of £10million.  I founded, and was Commodore, of the BP Yacht Club Windsurf Section, Treasurer of the BP Yacht Club Dinghy Section and I am a past Rear Commodore of Goring Thames Sailing Club.

 My Views on the Future for PYC

Over several years the financial and operational management of PYC has been transformed by a great team of very hard working member volunteers working through the Management and Sailing Committees and at the start of 2020 the club now had a clear vision supported by robust financial and operational strategies  to deliver the clubs mission  “To provide for our members and their families, a range of affordable, enjoyable and easily available sailing –training, racing & cruising (both near & far) –on high quality, safe boats”    Unfortunately the COVID pandemic through 2020 has had a huge impact severely limiting our sailing activities which in turn has had a major negative impact on the financial performance of the club.  Fortunately, the club had enough cash reserves to weather the storm but this has meant many of our well laid plans now have to be reviewed or even abandoned until we can resume something like normal operation.  2021 will be a critical year in determining the future of Phoenix Yacht Club and I am fully committed to working with the Management and Sailing Committees to steer a course through the turbulent waters ahead.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Chair and contribute to the Management Committee to steady and optimise the club operations in a post COVID world and develop with the MC a long term strategy for the overall health and sustainability of PYC.





Rear Commodore (Sailing)

Richard Ash

Have fun sailing in a club atmosphere where we all contribute and look after each other

This is my 35th season on sailing yachts and I have cruised many of the coasts of the UK, Belgium, France, The Netherlands and the Baltic. I have also enjoyed the warmer weather of the Mediterranean, Canaries, and Caribbean. I am qualified to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore level and have done the theory for YM Ocean too, and in 2019 made my first Ocean passage from Portugal to the Canary Islands..

Having shared ownership of two yachts before moving to the South coast and joining PYC in 2008, I was quickly identified as a potential bosun, a role I have fulfilled since 2010 on Firebird, then Quartette and Relax. In this role I have also been a member of the sailing committee for eleven years under three different chairs. I was one of the team who selected Relax and led the equipment specification and commissioning of her into the club alongside the then RC-S, Trevor Nicholls. I am a PYC Offshore skipper and sailed 30 days on the clubs yachts in 2021, very much back to my normal levels, despite missing 10 days through breakdowns.

I have been Rear Commodore Sailing for three years now and I am willing to stand for another, unless someone else wants the job, but this may be my last.

Our club, along with many others, had a second challenging year with COVID, but in some ways we have come out strong now, with 30 new and hopefully keen members introduced last year, a number of new skippers, and a new Chief Instructor.  We are making progress in getting more people involved in helping the club, with Bosunry and in the essential administration and marketing tasks.  The good news is that we can see our path back to a club of 150 or so members and sufficient funding to maintain our yachts in good condition and to save for replacements.

Role and Responsibilities

Chairman of the Sailing Committee, responsible for achieving SC objectives and managing our sailing programme, our boats and sailing activities.


Debbie Roberts

Role and Responsibilities

  1. Causes such books of account to be kept as are necessary to give a true and accurate view of the state of finances of the Club and in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act.
  2. Administers such insurance policy or policies as may be needed to fully protect the interests of the Club, its assets, Officers and members.
  3. Prepares the annual budget for ratification by the Sailing Committee and Management Committee.
  4. Operates the Club bank accounts.
  5. Monitors the financial progress of the Club throughout the year.
  6. Administers the Subscription Discount Scheme and keeps a register of all subscribers, and those wishing to be repaid.

Ordinary Member

Mike Fidler

My Sailing

I first stepped foot in a Wayfarer dinghy on the Norfolk Broads as a teenager – and was hooked.

After sailing dinghies on the Thames and Medway, I stated sailing yachts in 1978.  I have completed a number of RYA training courses and hold the RYA Coastal Skipper Qualification, current First Aid and VHF-DSC among others.

On joining BP in 1985, I became a member of the BP Yacht Club and acted as Secretary to the Management Committee for a period.  I became a club coastal skipper.

I was a founder member of Phoenix Yacht Club.

Looking at my logbooks, I have sailed over 11,000 miles, and while much of this has been on the south coast, I have also sailed in Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Denmark and Sweden.

I am a member of the RYA and also the Bristol Sailing Association (BSA).

My Career

I qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer and have worked in local government (Greater London Council), the oil industry (BP) and consulting engineering (Halcrow, CH2M Hill and Jacobs).  In the latter stages of my career, I was involved in port engineering and port planning.


Now that I have retired, I have much more free time to go sailing and also to help with the running of the club.  I would like to give something back to the club and feel that my skills and experience will help ensure that the club provides sailing opportunities for everyone.

Rear Commodore (Admin)

Tony King

Background – Sailing & PYC Membership

I have been a member of PYC since 2018.  Since retiring in 2016, I have sailed over 20 days per year (except 2020). I am RYA Day Skipper (through PYC Training Team) and PYC Inshore Skipper.  During lockdown I have passed the YachtMaster theory exam and I am now building my experience and sailing miles now we are back on the water. I planned the navigation from Ramsgate to Haslar to bring Quartette back home after her engine replacement.

My Career

I qualified as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and have worked for ICI, Deloitte Consulting and Vodafone.  At 30 years old, I decided to transition from Engineering Management to Information Technology Management.  Whilst at Vodafone I built a significant Offshore Technology Unit in three Countries with 7000+ employees.  My career has given me a lot of experience in administration, managing projects & services, and most important, collaboration across teams.

Relevant Experience

I have been the Rear Commodore Administration and I am willing to stand again unless someone else wants the job. I have also been Membership Secretary for 1 year, and Booking Officer for 2 years working closely with Club Members.
I would like to continue to set up some project and service work alongside other (non committee) volunteers who would like to contribute to the improving and running of the club.  One example is the collaboration team focussed on recruitment of new members and marketing PYC.

Role and Responsibilities

Responsible for the efficient administration of the Club’s day-to-day operations.

Company Secretary

Tom Lynch