Meet the Committee

Sharon Reid - Sharant (Chair)

Sharon is a member of the following sub-committee(s): Engaging Members, Major Companies & Landowners, Promotional Materials, Social Media

Sharon Reid

I'm Sharon and I live in the lovely rural countryside of Staffordshire, West Midlands. I have been caching since January 2009 along with husband and my family of two.

I really enjoy walking and through geocaching have discovered that I have an undiscovered sense of adventure by canoeing, caving and tree climbing. Geocaching has combined my love of travelling and meeting new friends and has taken me to some wonderful locations which I wouldn't have discovered without geocaching.

Arthur Griffiths - Griff Grof (Vice Chair)

Arthur is a member of the following sub-committee(s): Social Media, Engaging Members

Arthur Griffiths

Hi! I’m Arthur, I live in the Cotswolds, and I’ve been geocaching for almost ten years. I've seen so much whilst caching, and been to so many new places, which is what I love most about it. I’ve had some great experiences - from heading underground to find several of the Below Above caches (near Bath), to caching by boat, and everything in between! I love going on long walks… there’s nothing better than a good series! It’s always great to come across a quality cache, whether that’s a well-stocked ammo box or a creative hide, and I often decide where to go based on the number of favourite points a cache or series has obtained.

Since 2012, I have served as an admin and moderator for my local geocaching groups, CacheWalker and Cotswold Caching. In 2015, I was involved in getting Twitter’s #UKCacheHour off the ground, and helped to run it for its first twenty months.

Caz Turver - Border Caz (Treasurer)

Caz is a member of the following sub-committee(s): Promotional Materials, Social Media

Caz Turver

My name is Caroline - but most people call me Caz as my caching name is Border Caz. I'm a widow with 2 adult children (who aren't really in to caching) and my geohound, Reg. I have been caching since July 2009, and joined GAGB in November 2009.

I live in Shropshire and, back in September 2011, was one of the founding members of the committee formed to organise the annual UK Mega in the West Midlands Region in August 2013. I took on the role of Treasurer for the duration and will be using the experience gained then, and in my working life, as Treasurer of GAGB.

Mel Read - Moira Crackers (Secretary & Shop Manager)

Mel is a member of the following sub-committee(s): Promotional Materials, Engaging Members

Mel Read

My name is Melanie but most call me Mel, I'm half of Moira Crackers and live in a wonderful village on Leicestershire/Derbyshire border.

We started caching in 2014 as a way of going somewhere different. We had a puppy Cracker, hence our caching name, the crazy border collie who just doesn't stop. Through caching we have found some lovely walks and loops that we would never otherwise have found. We work 4 on 4 off shift pattern so tend to go off for a few days and find somewhere nice to cache.

I have cached in most counties the most being the Midlands, Leicestershire and Derbyshire closely followed by Cornwall as we have family that live down on the South West coast so visit the area often.

Richard Tucker - Richt2000 (GLAD Manager)

Richard is a member of the following sub-committee(s): Major Companies & Landowners

Richard Tucker

As a seasoned cacher since 2011, I am well experienced in the ups and downs of this hobby we all enjoy. I appreciate the rules of the hobby and would certainly look to further the GAGB's work in enforcing good practice within the UK Geocaching community. In the past, I have run Geocaching training for Scouts in Nottingham and Cubs in Cheshire. Both were well received. I enjoy organising events and have run events both in the UK and abroad. I see these as a great conduit to helping the GAGB engage better with the community. For many, I feel that the only time they see the GAGB is at the UK Mega as they have a stall there.

My real life job as an IT consultant mostly gets in the way of Geocaching but it does mean that I am very familiar with all aspects of IT and Social Media. On the plus side, the work is where ever the next large, complex project is so, whilst during the day, I am managing multi-million pound IT projects, by night, I am caching in another part of the country, making friends at Geocaching events and building relationships there. I am well travelled and I struggle to think of an area I've not attended an event so will (hopefully) be a familiar face to many in the UK. As a long standing member of the Geocaching community, I have long been a member of Geocaching Midlands Facebook group. I have taken a leading role in that growing community and it fosters good practice and a friendly, convivial atmosphere. As admin, I took on additional responsibilities and I will bring this experience to the GAGB.

Jennifer Hill - Jennthefunkyranger (Seeker Editor)

Jenn is a member of the following sub-committee(s): Engaging Members, Social Media

Jenn

I got into caching in 2012 after trying it with my Guides at our local campsite, and was soon hooked. I set up the Staffordshire Cachers Facebook page, and subsequently our monthly events, the SOS (Stoke or Stafford) events. I am new to the committee this year, but I have helped the GAGB out quite a bit previously, including several articles in Seeker, which is how I ended up with the role of writer.

I love travelling, and have cached in 18 different countries (including six in a day), and plan to add onto this this year! I’ve found that by caching my way round a new city has been a great way to get to know the places off the beaten track.

As well as caching abroad I love getting out and about in the UK countryside, and I’m lucky that I live very close to the Peak District, for some more remote, tougher terrain walks.

In my day job I am a customer service advisor, working with our French customers. I am a fluent French and Spanish speaker (as well as being able to get by in German, Greek and Dutch), which also helps with caching abroad – if you need help with any translations I’m the person for it!

Matt Faulkner Collins - maattmoo (Webmaster)

Matt is a member of the following sub-committee(s): Social Media, Promotional Materials

Matt

Hello, I am Maattmoo, from Kent… I love Geocaching and it takes me to many wonderful and varied places. I love travelling with Geocaching and it is the first thing I look at when planning a trip somewhere, as there is no point booking a hotel with no caches nearby. I think EarthCaches are excellent tour guides and can take you to places that “normal” tourists just don’t know about...

I also love getting out and about on a series with a group of fellow cachers or hosting events to meet new friends. I host at least two meets every month and schedule regular walks on my local geocachers facebook group. Maybe one day you can join me…?

Dominic Murray - geocaching womble (Membership Benefits Secretary)

Dominic is a member of the following sub-committee(s): Engaging Members

Dominic Murray

Hi I'm Geocaching Womble, Dominic Murray, I'm an Autistic Adult. I've been caching since 2008. I joined the GAGB committee in 2017, I was an OC UK reviewer for 6 years and OC UK GAGB representative for 6 years. I have a lot of guidelines and code of conduct experience so I'm well equipped to review them. I've cached in Northumberland, West Midlands, Tyne and Wear, Surrey and Sussex and Yorkshire.

I'm the Membership Benefits Secretary. During my two years as GLAD manager, I successfully renewed the geocaching agreements for Forestry Commission Scotland, Forestry Commission The New Forest and Dorset and Forestry Commission South East England. During my time on the committee I've helped revise and update the GAGB constitution to allow provisions for GAGB friends. I have additionally taken the GAGB friends initiative from a struggling concept to a complete working model and successfully launched the initiative on Mega Day at the Yorkshire Mega. I have also updated the GAGB guidelines periodically as required.

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