At E.J.Churchill we have a knowledgable and dedicated team who strive to deliver the very best in customer service and expertise in their field to make your visit unforgettable, whether it be for a shooting lesson, a private event or in the field.
Rob Fenwick – Managing Director
A farmer’s son from North Yorkshire and a passionate shooting and countryman. Rob is highly regarded as one of the top 75 game shots by The Field Magazine, and his experience in clay shooting as ex European Side by Side Champion, captain and member of the winning British University Championships team makes him extremely accurate in his own right. Rob has been with E.J.Churchill for over 12 years and is passionate about service and works tirelessly on making sure that we stay at the very head of the field in everything that we do.
Mark Marshall – Shooting Ground Manager, Chief Instructor & Gun Fitter
The son of a gamekeeper who worked for one of the best shots ever to have lived, Sir Joseph Nickerson. Mark grew up in the Chilterns on Sir David Brown’s estate where his love of shooting started. His passion for clay pigeon competitions soon began and Mark has competed all around the world for many years, competing for the British team on many occassions. Mark is an ex World and British champion and is currently ranked no. 2 in the world at Fitasc. He is a phenomenal shot but his love is developing clients into better shots and he has been teaching shooting at the very highest level for over 20 years. He is regarded amongst his peers as one of the very best instructors, be it for novices, clay shooters and especially game shooters, as he has a wonderful way of getting over exactly what it takes for his clients to get better and better in a short space of time. He spent 10 years at West London Shooting School teaching and gun fitting for many of the top English Gunmakers and we are now delighted to have him on side as our Grounds Manager, Senior Instructor and Gun Fitter.
Tony Fletcher – Senior Instructor
Tony, known affectionately as ‘Fletch’, picked up a gun as soon as he was big enough to, and has always been heavily involved in game shooting and the countryside. His career spanned 36 years in F1 motor racing, travelling the world with Colin Chapman and the Lotus team for 18 of these years. He worked as a mechanic for Mario Andretti, Elio Diangelis, Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell among many others. For his last four years with Lotus, Tony was senior mechanic to Ayrton Senna. The next 18 years were spent with Jackie Stewart in his racing team managing the factories and workshops from the early days under the name of Paul Stewart Racing, which later became Stewart Grand Prix. In that time, his boss Jackie Stewart did a lot of shooting and Tony spent a lot of time assisting him in the shooting field which also included looking after senior executives from Blue Chip companies as well as royalty. When time allowed, Tony shot competitively, both nationally and internationally, in clay shooting competitions and gained qualifications in shooting instruction with the BASC. Tony then spent seven years at Sporting Targets in Bedfordshire as Senior Instructor and Operations Manager, taking a particular interest in working with disabled shooters and young shots. In early 2012, Tony received a call from Rob Fenwick offering him a senior instructor role at E.J.Churchill and the rest is history. Tony now enjoys his time here instructing game and clay shooters alike and assisting our game shooting clients, loading and instructing in the field.
Adam Davies – Chief Caddy and Instructor
Adam joined E. J. Churchill back in 2005 as a part time caddy and since then he has progressed to one of our full time shooting instructors. Adam has been around game shooting since the age of eight shooting his first rabbit at the age of 11. After training in game and wildlife habitat management and a spell in horticulture, Adam took up the role as Chief Caddy here at E. J. Churchill and has never looked back. He is now a member of the Association of Professional Shooting Instructors. His simple but direct approach is a favourite with many clients including seasoned game shooters and to newcomers to the sport. Initially focusing on his passion for game shooting he has progressed to understanding the focus needed to shoot at a competitive level. Adam believes that a flawless core technique is vital to be a successful shot, be it clay or game. Adam also plays a big part in other areas of the business including cartridge sales, course setting, helping run big events and much more.
Mike Self – Instructor
Mike’s father can best be described as an urban countryman who instilled in his son a love of the countryside with regular visits to the Chilterns. Mike shot his first clay pigeon as a teenager. Mike returned to clay shooting in his mid-thirties and has travelled to competitions throughout the UK, USA, Russia and Scandinavia. It is fair to say that he has experienced all types of target presentation. Mike has been associated with E. J. Churchill since 1995 and has been instructing at the ground for over 10 years. He a CPSA Level 2 Advanced Sporting Coach and is a full member of the Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors (ICSI). Mike’s friendly instruction method is well received by our clay, game and corporate shooting clients. He says “to see the smile on a client’s face as they hit their first clay pigeon or game bird is wonderfully rewarding.”
Graham Kettridge – Instructor
Graham joined E.J.Churchill in 2007 having completed his CPSA instructor training courses. A qualified Civil Engineer, Graham has been shooting clays in his adopted Hampshire since the early 1990’s having introduced many new participants to the sport. Initially instructing on corporate events, and working with novice clay shots, he has developed his interest in game shooting and is now a regular in-field instructor on estates all over the UK, as well as a committed and knowledgeable clay shooting coach. With his other main interest of developing young guns, Graham acts as our School Liaison Officer as well as overseeing our ongoing staff training programmes.
Stuart Taylor – Instructor
Stuart joined E.J.Churchill in 2010 after a career as a toolmaker until 2007. A keen clay pigeon shooter and game shot for many years and a member of the County Sporting Team. Stuart has been working as a shooting instructor for 16 years at a well known Gloucestershire shooting school. He is able to instruct the complete beginner right through to the experienced game and clay shot, and is a member of the Association of Professional Shooting Instructors.
John Gamblen – Instructor
When leaving school, John worked for a company installing radio active cells in atomic energy stations all over the UK. Every chance he had he would help out a gamekeeper near Winchester. John was offered a job as an underkeeper on a private family shoot in Surrey, and when the gamekeeper left, John was offered this position of Head Gamekeeper for which he stayed in for 15 years. John then moved on to a private family shoot in Berkshire where he worked for 25 years. John is a member of the Association of Professional Shooting Instructors and has worked for E.J.Churchill Shooting Ground for the last six years, working on corporate events and game days throughout the season. John has trained his son to a CPSA standard of AA class. John also likes picking up with his dog and enjoys all country pursuits.
Roberta Walker – Instructor
Our lady instructor Roberta started shooting more than 35 years ago. Born and lived in Berkshire for most of her life, she loves countryside activities and conservation, including deer management and has been involved in all aspects of both game and clay shooting. She has picked up and hosted game days on several large family run estates for many years and was the Shoot Captain for a well known Royal club, arranging and hosting events at many clay shooting grounds in the South of England. Having a medical background and working alongside her husband in practice for 30 years she is able to use her skills in postural awareness, breathing control and visualisation techniques to improve stance, gun mount, relaxation, focus and confidence. Roberta is a member of the association of Professional Shooting Instructors and has held a level one deer stalking certificate for 10 years. She joined E.J.Churchill in 2006 initially to help with the ladies days. She now works with corporate events and novices through to the more experienced shots for both clay and game shooting instruction. She also coaches in the field and advises on safety and etiquette of a game day which is crucial, especially for the novice game shooter. She really enjoys teaching others and sharing in their achievements, their success is her best reward. Roberta enjoys her home and garden, family and friends, good food, wine, opera and ballet.
Front of House
Becky Lord – Membership Secretary
Born in Cardiff, Becky grew up in Wiltshire and has always lived in the countryside. She has a great interest in rural crafts and her husband is a game day and lifestyle photographer. Becky joined the team at E.J.Churchill in Autumn 2012 in a new role of Front of House Executive. After working as an Art Gallery Manager, Becky gained experience in exemplary levels of service to a broad range of clients and VIP individuals. Her interests include cooking, photography, art and social media.
Chris Cloke – Gun Room Manager
Born in Gloucester, Chris, a farmer’s son, joined E. J. Churchill as a gun room manager in 2009. Chris spent 30 years working in central Whitehall departments as a civil servant before taking early retirement in 2006. A former FITASC World Champion, he shot both Olympic and Universal trap for Great Britain in the 1980’s. In 2008 Chris was appointed Operations Director for British Shooting for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is a former chairman of the British International Clay Target Shooting Federation board. Apart from being passionate about shooting, Chris’s other interests include Formula 1 and MotoGP.
Helen Nicholson – Retail Manager
Born in Kingston-Upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, Helen is the daughter of a traditional sign writer. She was brought up in a family who had a keen interest in rifle shooting. Helen represented her county at both indoor and outdoor target shooting at junior and senior levels. After completing her A Levels she decided to take a year out and shortly after, landed a job with Hull Cartridge Company. Here she developed a keen interest in shotgun shooting and gained extensive technical knowledge of cartridges. The year stretched to a 16 year stay and Helen, who at this time was their Sales Manager, decided to make a move south. She joined Sporting Targets as their Retail Manager, brought with her a vast knowledge of the cartridge world. She ran their Retail Gun Shop for seven years. Having acquired extensive knowledge of the retail requirements needed within a busy gun shop, she decided to move further south. She has recently joined the team at E.J.Churchill and hopes she can assist here with her wealth of retail knowledge and the gun trade experience. She is happy to assist you with all of your shooting requirements and if you need any technical advice just ask. Her interests include clay shooting, game shooting, skiing, reading, films and good food.
Izzy Pye – Retail and Gun Room Assistant
Izzy, originally from Lancashire, joined the E.J. Churchill team in July 2015 as a Harper Adams University student. Izzy has always enjoyed life in the countryside, growing up surrounded by animals and fieldsports from a young age. Whilst here undertaking a placement year, Izzy is working in our Gun Room and Country Outfitters. She plans to further her business knowledge and venture into the retail of country clothing in the future. Her interest include cooking, shooting, riding and socialising with friends and family.
Edward Walters – Sporting Agency
Ed joined us at the end of the 2014 season and is now working to secure the very best sporting days for you. Originally from Oxfordshire, Ed moved to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the West Coast of Scotland where shooting, hunting and fishing was a way of life. His passion for shooting started as a young boy, pigeon shooting with his father and joining the beating line. Ed has been involved in the shooting industry for fifteen years and now focuses his time in the Sporting Agency at E.J. Churchill.
Sean Scott – International Sporting Manager
Since childhood, Sean has shot and hunted. He is a keen and passionate conservationist and has a diverse understanding of wildlife across the globe. He worked as a lecturer in game and wildlife management at the internationally renowned Sparsholt College, Hampshire for 15 years and has been arranging and guiding hunts in the UK and worldwide since 1986, including dangerous game. He has been a professional shooting instructor since 1988 and continues to teach both in the UK and abroad. Sean has hunted and guided in four of the five continents Africa, Europe, Asia and South and North America including hunts inside the Arctic Circle, on these hunts Sean’s clients have taken many record book class trophies including a number of top five trophies in both Rowland Ward and Safari Club International record books. Sean is a full member of the International Professional Hunters Association, the IPHA is one of the oldest internationally recognised professional hunter’s organisation in the world. Sean is passionate about bird shooting and is involved with many days driven shooting in the UK. He also spends a lot of time partridge shooting in Spain every year, in addition to this Sean is organising and guiding wing shooting in South America and bird shooting safaris in Africa.
James Webster – Events Organiser
James is a Buckinghamshire boy through and through, having lived here nearly all his life. His love for shooting started from an early age, he began beating for a season before being allowed to shoot himself, practicing mainly on pigeons on the Sydmonton Estate. After studying Sport Business Management at university, he began to work in the family’s fly fishing business. However, the lure of the shooting industry was too much, joining the Events department here at West Wycombe. His interests outside shooting are fly fishing and cricket, the latter of which he has played around the world.
Joshua Hatcher – Events Organiser
Born in Chelmsford, Essex, Joshua joined E.J. Churchill in 2014 as a caddie before taking his place in the Events team. Coming from an agricultural background, Joshua has been shooting for as long as he can remember. He left the fresh air to study Business and Management at Oxford Brookes University where he became a committee member of the Oxford Brookes Shooting Club. Joshua competes regularly on both the registered and university clay competition circuit. His interests outside of shooting include cricket, skiing and rugby.
Amy Martin – Marketing and Design Co-ordinator
Amy joined E.J.Churchill in November 2012 as Marketing and Design Co-ordinator and is responsible for all the marketing activities for E.J. Churchill. Born in West Wycombe, Amy has grown up with a passion for the countryside and country sports, working as a Competition Groom on an International eventing yard for three years after leaving Wycombe High School. From here, Amy left to study for a degree in Marketing Management at Oxford Brookes University and at the same time worked as a Team Leader for Sainsbury’s. Amy also took on the role of PR Ambassador getting involved with community and business activities and she was nominated for Colleague of the Year in 2010. After graduating, Amy worked for a market research consultancy gaining much experience in marketing, PR, website development and events. Amy has now come back to her roots to focus on country sports at E.J.Churchill. Amy is a keen sportsperson, taking part in long distance running and cycling events and triathlons.
Kate Holt – Management Accountant
Born in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Kate joined the E. J. Churchill team in 2008 having transferred from West Wycombe Estate. She has brought her wealth of experience of accounting systems to the company. After working in accountancy practices for the early years of her career, she progressed to specialise in software systems and worked Sage for 4 years as a Business Development Manager. This work involved helping a small business grow and develop to ensure the success of her resellers. But it was her love of figures that brought her back to accountancy and she has brought this commercial experience to her current role. Her interests are music, cooking and travel, and the gym if she has to.
Sarah Young – Senior Finance Assistant
Having started at E. J. Churchill in 1998, Sarah is our longest serving member of staff. Starting as a general Administrative Assistant, she is now our Senior Finance Assistant and has experience in nearly all of the departments here at E. J. Churchill. Growing up as the daughter of Publicans and having studied Hotel and Catering Management at College, Sarah has been involved in the hospitality industry for most of her life. Outside of work most of Sarah’s free time is taken up by her young daughter and busy family life. She is also a Sunday School teacher and enjoys reading and helping on a local ladies quiz team.
Mel Spencer – Accounts Assistant
Mel was born in High Wycombe and still lives locally with her husband and two young children. When Mel first started in the working world she was in administration and customer services, broadening her experience to accounts about 10 years ago. This is her first role in the shooting industry. Mel joined the accounts team in October 2009, working part time as an accounts assistant dealing with the sales ledger and other accounting functions. When not working, Mel enjoys going to the gym, reading and spending time with her children Matthew and Katie.