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! email Andrew

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

Beate Hohmann – Outdoor Education Coordinator / Lead Paddlesport Coach

Beate is the newest member of our Pirate Crew, having joined us in March 2019 thanks to funding from John Lyon's Charity. She's been running youth and adult paddlesport sessions since 2011 and brings wide experience of working with groups of all ages and abilities. Along with being an accomplished British Canoeing Paddlesport Coach (formerly British Canoeing/UKCC Level 2), she has won recognition for delivering quality youth sessions and was awarded the Jack Petchy Leader award in 2017. Beate is a registered British Canoeing Paddle Award and Personal Performance Awards provider for both Kayaking and Canoeing and will shortly be a Foundation Safety & Rescue Training provider. Beate first came to The Pirate Castle as a freelance instructor in October 2018 and soon decided that she’d love to be a full time Pirate! email Beate