Meet our team of friendly and professional instructors and staff .

Philip Thompson

Shoot Ground Manager & Senior Instructor

A highly experienced APSI instructor, Philip joined the Thimbleby team in  December 2019 and is responsible for the management and day-to-day running of the ground. 

Well respected and with a strong background in the shooting industry, Philip has previously instructed at shooting grounds in the North East and run his own shooting business with a number of high profile private clients.

He will be leading the ground into its next development phase which will include the building of a new club house and see the launch of Thimbleby’s simulated game shooting enterprise which will take advantage of the Estate’s outstanding topography and established game drives.

Bekki Dowson

Shoot Ground Administrator

Bekki joined the Thimbleby team as our full time Shoot Ground Administrator in January 2020 having previously worked for the team part-time over several years.

Bekki is the first point of contact for all shoot ground enquiries including lesson bookings, group events and simulated game days.

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