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 is responsible for the day to day operation of the ground and has lots of exciting plans to take the ground forward, to become Yorkshire’s premier shooting ground.

CPSA Level 2 Coach
Safety Officer
Qualified Loader

Bryan Larter


Bryan joined the Thimbleby team in 2018 as a groundsman. At the age of 19 he joined the parachute regiment, following that he worked in a variety of positions before settling into cinema management; where he was in post for 21 years working throughout the whole of the North East of England. He’s a passionate football fan, a keen clay pigeon shooter, and enjoys spending spare time with his family & dogs.

Colin White

Sales Staff

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. 

Hugh Roberts

Sales Staff

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.  Hugh is a keen shooter, mainly shooting clays, but also enjoys occasional pigeon shooting.  Now the proud owner of a side by side Hugh just needs the game syndicate to use it on.

Matthew Darragh

Sales Staff

Matthew joined our team in 2018 providing weekend cover for both the main till & kitchen. Matthew is currently enrolled in university studying Mechanical Engineering. He is a very competent, enthusiastic shot, shooting regularly all over the country. Being selected to shoot for Durham last year and shooting at; the English Open English Sporting, World Championships and the British Open English Sporting. Aside from his degree and hobby of shooting Matthew also enjoys training and working his three cocker spaniels.

Our Instructors

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

Stephen Dawson

Jason Leith

David Marwood

Ian Meadley

Bryan Russell