We think we have a great team at Thimbleby Shooting Ground, every person plays a vital part to the running of the organisation, so here is a little bit more about each person and what they do.

Adrian Gribbin

Shoot Ground Manager & Senior Instructor

Adrian comes from an engineering and project management background. He has worked throughout the UK for all of his career. In recent years he has moved back to the North East and had a significant career change. His passion for clay pigeon shooting for over 24 years has led him to coaching both clay and game shooters alike. Since qualifying as a CPSA coach he has worked here at Thimbleby as a part time instructor. Transitioning into this full time role as Shoot Ground Manager he will be responsible for the day to day operation of the ground and has lots of exciting plans taking the ground forward.

CPSA Level 2 Coach
Safety Officer
Qualified Loader

Katie Foyle

Clay Shoot Co-ordinator

Katie comes from a rural and farming background and she joined the team at Thimbleby in April 2016 after working 3 years for the NFU Mutual.  She organises and manages the day to day running of the ground, dealing with our staff, making orders, looking after customers and planning the marketing. All our corporate events are individually tailored by Katie to meet your specific needs and budget.  She is based at the Thimbleby Estate Office and so she also helps out with other general Estate admin.  Katie enjoys shooting weekly at a small local farming clay club and she also shoots with us at Thimbleby when her busy office schedule allows her time away from her desk!

Malcolm Dunn

Grounds Manager & Instructor

Malcolm runs a small family farm at home alongside his full time job here at Thimbleby. He joined the Thimbleby Farms Ltd team in April 2016 as the Estate Handyman, however his passion for shooting soon became clear as he spent most of his working week doing jobs at the Shoot Ground rather than on the rest of the Estate! Malcolm is a very experienced shot, he enjoys all aspects of shooting both shotgun & firearms, he shoots most days whether it be clay, pest or game. Malcolm was keen to train as an instructor, so some rather intense CPSA Instructor courses soon followed, which we can proudly say he passed with flying colours! He takes students of all abilities and ages, ensuring every customer leaves smiling! Malcolm’s other duties include target setting, trap maintenance, groundwork, assisting in the running of corporate events.

Colin White

Sales Staff – main till

Colin started his part time role with Thimbleby Shooting Ground in May 2016 after  still being unable to properly retire from working life. Colin’s working years were spent with the Merchant Navy and motor factoring with Fleet Factors, he regularly reports this to be ‘the best job ever’. Colin enjoys shooting both clays and game, he belongs to a small shooting syndicate in the winter season. 

Aimee Hindle

Sales Staff – main till

Aimee joined us at Thimbleby Shooting Ground in January 2017 and works this part-time role alongside her full time job as an M & E Design Engineer. Aimee is a very competent and enthusiastic clay shooter, she regularly supports ladies shooting events; she travels across the UK with the Femmes Fatales as well as hosting her own North East events here at Thimbleby. 

Hugh Roberts

Sales Staff – main till

Hugh is now seen more regularly on the customer side of the till, however still works for us from time to time. Hugh joined the team at Thimbleby Shooting Ground in December 2016 working weekends, he recently started his career as a Property Consultant for Coalters Estate Agents who now also require some weekend work. Hugh is a keen shooter, mainly shooting clays, but also enjoys occasional pigeon shooting on Malcolm’s farm at home. Now the proud owner of a side by side Hugh just needs the game syndicate to use it on.

Beth Derry

Kitchen Staff

Beth works in the kitchen over weekends and holidays, she has been part of the team since October 2016 and is a dab hand at bacon butties! Beth is enrolled in Sixth Form College so uses this as a weekend job to raise some funds to learn to drive. Luckily her dad enjoys clay shooting so doesn’t seem to mind running her to and from work of a weekend if it means he can get some extra practice in!

Rob Hore

Kitchen Staff

Rob started working as part of the Thimbleby Shooting Ground team in November 2016, he can now make a pretty mean bacon sandwich. Like Beth, Rob is enrolled in Sixth Form College so uses this job as weekend work to raise some extra funds. Rob is hoping to get a place at University to study medicine.

Our Instructors

We also rely on a long list of fabulous self employed instructors, here is to name a few….

Jason Leith

David Marwood

Stephen Dawson

Bryan Russell

Ian Meadley