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Colin Barnes
Colin has been a well-respected marshal for 25 years and extremely competent flag marshal, regularly attending Oulton Park, Anglesey events and the British Grand Prix.

He has been Chief Flag Marshal at Oulton Park for the last 10 years allocating flag posts and promoting best practice by our flag marshals.

To support this, Colin put together a team of the most experienced flag marshal to run training at our regional training events for new marshals, experienced Flag Marshals and Post Chiefs providing an invaluable training resource to the region.

The group has devised innovative flag marshal training sessions including driver’s feedback, mentoring for new marshals, most memorably a practical training session in the Oulton Park car park using bicycles, including a safety bike, for new marshals to practice flagging under the supervision of experienced flag marshals.

This year Colin advised Oulton Park circuit with the introduction of the new light signals ensuring that the existing flag points could be smoothly integrated into the new system before the first major race meeting of the year and considered to be one of the more successful implementations to date.

Colin supported the Club at national level as Treasurer from 2014 to 2020, ensuring the Club’s finances were well regulated and controlled in line with Club rules and prudent financial management. 

Since stepping down from the Treasurer role Colin is the Club’s bookkeeper.

Anna Lambe
Anna joined the specialist area at brands hatch this year and has demonstrated a great attitude. she has a desire and willingness to learn, is capable of putting what she has learnt into practice and has been able to pass this knowledge on to others. 

She now regularly carries out pits/start line duties without the need for supervision and is also willing to take on new tasks when asked even if this is something she has no prior knowledge of. 

Earlier this year when she was asked to help-out in assembly rather than pits/start line she readily accepted the reassignment and quickly picked up the tasks required in that new area. 

At a recent meeting where pits/start line marshal numbers were low she took on the task of managing the grid sheets for all of the races over the weekend and dealt with this efficiently including handling several last-minute amended grids. 

Anna has proved herself to be a good team member, picks up knowledge and skills well, understands how to apply these (or when to ask questions), and is growing in experience and confidence.

Maria Goode 
Maria initially joined us as her brothers started with marshalling. Rather than sitting on the sidelines, she helped out anyway. So, when she was old enough to actually marshal, she already knew how it all worked. 

Maria is very organised, giving me less to keep a check on. She has done particularly well this year with showing taster day cadets what we do and helping to get them involved. Her guidance is also helping our newest cadets to settle in and build confidence. 

Maria works well with cadets visiting us as part of a taster day. She shows them how assembly and race control operates and encourages them to get involved.
Maria has also been interviewed a couple of times over the last two years by Paul O’Neill – as part of his work with the Civic Cup. Each time, she explained what she was doing and does not seem particularly shy in front of the camera.

Maria is happy to mentor new cadets and help to build their confidence. She is also a natural leader of the current cadets we have – delighting in organising their tasks in a pleasant manner. Maria’s organisation skills and leadership helps to spread responsibility within the assembly area and removes worry.