Meet the Members

You ride around, once a month with these people, but you’re not sure who is who. Well we thought we would introduce you to the members of our club. The first seven members are our committee members.

Mark Francis


Mark is a former Motorcycle dealer, having sold the business in 2005 he is now a motorcycle repairs specialist, repairing both modern and historic bikes. He recently qualified as a MOT Motorcycle Tester.  Mark joined the club in 1990 and is the current Chairman, having held the post since 2000. He started trialling in 1987 on a Fantic, he now swaps between riding his James and his 400cc AJS.

Other Interests: Walking, Cycling and Beer.

Errol Gowshall

Secretary/Clerk of Course

Errol is the founding member of the club, back in 1988 and has been secretary ever since, he has also been clerk of the course for nearly 300 trials. He was a self employed joiner until 2000, and then worked for Octagon Motorsport, now MSV, working at Cadwell Park. Although Errol hasn’t ridden for the last 5/6 years due to knee problems, he is making a comeback soon on a Rigid Matchless (he must be mad)

Mike Gallagher


Mike currently runs a promotional clothing company, having previously been involved in garment manufacturing for 30 years. He returned to trials riding and  joined the club in 1998, and was asked to be Treasurer in 2000, a role he has been doing ever since. Mike is also responsible for the club clothing, which is for sale at every trial. Mike rides a Millennium James, another lightweight (80kgs)  contender within the club.

Other Interests: Food and Wine, Blues Music, Classic Cars

Martin “Geronimo” Green

Committee Member

Martin is a semi retired engineer from the oil industry and has been a member of the Poachers club since around 1994 and has been riding trials since 1964. He can usually been seen riding a 1964 BVS. Martin is responsible for organising the observers for each of the trials and also helps set out the sections.

Andy “Maggot” McGill

Committee Member

Andy is the co-owner of Fine-Align, specialising in marine engineering, he is obsessed with weight saving and managing to get his 500 Ariel down to a size 0 (203lbs), despite him being somewhat heavier than a size 16! Andy hasn’t actually been riding trials all that long, having had a couple of years trying modern trials, he saw the light and moved to pre 65. It’s the engineering side that excites him, not specifically the riding.

Other Interests: Vintage Aircraft, Keep (un) fit, Swimming (because of the view) and walking the dog .

Michael “Sid” Dawson

Committee Member


Sid joined the club in 1996, and has ridden on and off since. He has ridden bikes all of his life, having owned his first brand new trials bike, a Bultaco Sherpa, in 1973. He owns and runs Countryside Motorhomes with his wife Carol, specalising in repairs and servicing of Caravans and Motorhomes. He spent a year as a mechanic in 1988 to Jared Smith, competing in the 500cc Motocross World Championship and British Championship. He rides a 185cc Rigid BSA Bantam.

Graham Dawson

Committee Member

Graham is one of the youngest members of the club, he has been riding trials for many years, but more actively in the past year. He recently supported the Poachers members at the Manx trial and imediately booked his bike test on his return, which he has now completed. Graham rides a 197cc Cotton which he built in June 2011. He also works as a Finance Manager for the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, the Poachers Clubs chosen charity. Graham also looks after the clubs website.

Other Interests: Rock Climbing, Cycle Trials, Shooting