Above image shows the original TCA committee 1987
Rear Admiral John Lippiett CB CBE DL
Born in 1949, John Lippiett served in CURZON as a CCF Cadet, APPLETON as a Midshipman in the Gulf in 1968 and commanded SHAVINGTON in 1976-77, alongside our Patron, who commanded BRONINGTON at that time.
He served in the Falklands War as Executive Officer of HMS AMBUSCADE and Commanded HMS AMAZON in 1986, then served as Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord in 1988, subsequently commanding HMS NORFOLK in conjuction with being Captain, 9th Frigate Squadron in 1991.
John was subsequently Chief of Staff for the Surface Flotilla in 1993, Commodore at the School of Maritime Operations in 1995 and Flag Officer, Sea Training in 1997. In 1999 he became Chief of Staff to the Commander of Allied Naval Forces, Southern Europe, based in Naples , then Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2002 before retiring in 2003.
John was then Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust for 13 years.
Interim Chairman & Face Book Systems Administrator
Ian Barden – L/Sea UW2 - Joined HMS Ganges in 1964 then progressed on various ships before serving on: HMS Wiston 9MCM in 1970; and HMS Iveston 2 MCM (as Sweepstoreman) 1971-1973; finalising as part of the HMS Vernon Mining Trials Team 1973-74.
Subsequently; served on a variety of Trawlers in Irish Sea based in the Isle of Man; prior to a 30 years career with American Airlines (AA) as the Regional Security Mgr. (Counter-terrorism) based in London for the: Asia; Canada and Europe Division 1986-2016. Was also the Aviation Advisor on the Board of Advisors to the Intl. Assoc. of Bomb Techs and Investigators in parallel with AA role.
Lieutenant Commander Matthew Salisbury RNR
Matthew has been a member of TCA since the early days and will be familiar to many members from Reunions. He served in CAMBRIA South Wales RNR Division in HM Ships St David, Crichton and Hodgeston/Upton between 1960 and 1994.
Sea going in minesweepers and Supply Dept experience in HM Ships LEOPARD, ARGONAUT, INTREPID and LYNX included three crossings of the Atlantic, half a dozen or so visits to Gibraltar and to several northern European ports
Sub Lieutenant David Woolgar RNR
Served in ISIS, WARSASH and ITCHEN before specialising in Naval Control of Shipping based in WESSEX Division, Southampton. Initially an engineer specialising in marine projects, David has subsequently diversified into environmental process engineering.
CPO Shipwright 1st Class Bill Pollington
Supported TONs in VERNON 1956-59, WOODBRIDGE HAVEN (Malta) 1958, ROOKE (Gibraltar) 1963 (to bring ALDINGTON out of reserve). Bill had a second career in IT and financial services in a Central Government Department.
Lieutenant Peter Down JP, FBCS
Editor, TON Talk Magazine and Website
Served in MERSEY and DEE as Ordinary Seaman RNVR in 1956 at HMS EAGLET RNR Division on Merseyside and as a Midshipman in the Algerine Fleet Minesweeper ACUTE as a tender to BRNC Dartmouth in 1958. Appointed to HOUGHTON as Gunnery Officer in 1961 and re-appointed as First Lieutenant of FISKERTON in the Far East 1962-63. He participated in the action at Limbang, Sarawak at the start of Confrontation, with Lima Co, 42 Commando RM, at which eleven hostages were released, although five Royal Marines were killed in the action.
He subsequently had a second career in the IT industry and was a Magistrate in Manchester for 25 years.
TCA Honorary Secretary for 18 years 2003-2021, Editor of TON Talk magazine since 2011 and in 2020 was Project Manager for the re-design of the TCA website,which he has since run in conjunction with that of Marshland Maritime Museum. he was elected Vice Chairman of TCA in March 2022 and served for one year.
Peter is an active member of the RNA, attending branches in Beccles and Stowmarket, Suffolk.
Lieutenant Commander George O'Connor RNR
George joined the RN in 1969, serving in HMS WOTTON as a Midshipman, HM Ships LALESTON and KELLINGTON as Navigating Officer. In 1980 he joined the RNR, and went to sea in KELLINGTON, ALFRISTON, CUXTON, KEDLESTON as XO, then LEWISTON, WOTTON, HODGESTON and CROFTON in command. When the River Class MSFs were introduced he commanded 7 of the 11 RNR MSFs
Served as an Leading Mechanical Engineer in PUNCHESTON in the Gulf in 1970-72 and subsequently in Northamptonshire Fire Service 1975-94.
CPO GI Laurie Johnson
Served in CAUNTON 1960-61, LALESTON 1961 and CHAWTON in the Far East 1961-63, including the start of Confrontation. He participated in the action at Limbang, Sarawak with Lima Co, 42 Commando RM, then had a second career in the Prison Service.
Robbie Reid-Sinclair WEM (O) 1 RNR
Served in SOLENT/CROFTON 1971-78, KELLINGTON 1978, ALFRISTON 1978-81. Robbie then served in the RNXS at Broughton Moor and CALLIOPE
Sam Cook CPO MW1
National Standard Bearer
Served in MARYTON 1966-67, ALVERTON 1967, WISTON 1970-71, YARNTON 1972-73, LEWISTON 1974-78, ALFRISTON 1984-86, IVESTON 1981-82, HUBBERSTON 1983 and ITCHEN 1986. Sam also proved EDATS on trawlers at Lowestoft, then managed the chandlery on River Hamble and worked for Esso in Southampton. Sam is a founder member of the TCA.
Dave Parrish A/B FC2
Northern Standard Bearer
Served in GAVINTON 1972-73
Allan Buster Brown A/B
Yorkshire Area Representative
Served in WASPERTON (Fishery Protection) 1964-65, ASHTON in 7 MCMS in the Mediterranean as Gunner’s Yeoman 1966-67 and BELTON (Fishery Protection) 1971.
Chief Radio Supervisor (S/M) Terry Hall
Derbyshire Area Representative
Following a career in Diesel Submarines, Terry came to the TONs via the RNR and served in SHERATON in 1982.
Hon. Vice President - Area Representative, Kent
Served as a National Service Petty Officer Electrical Artificer RNVR and participated in Operation Musketeer at Suez in 1956 in CONISTON. Chris was a Founder member of TCA, Vice chairman 1995-2005 and had a civilian career as designer of Optical, Electrical and Mechanical Instrumentation and school teacher.
Rev Trevor Filtness
Served in LEWISTON as a Midshipman then as First Lieutenant of WALKERTON in 1974-76, followed by two years as CO of a Fast Patrol Boat of Brunei Armed Forces . Rev Trevor left the RN in 1993 and following experience in industry received Holy Orders in 2008.