DJC would simply not function without the dedication and time donated by our volunteers,

none of whom are remunerated for any of their efforts.


Below is a list of our volunteers but this list is in no way exhaustive and we have many more wonderful people who have an do contribute to the club’s success.

Club President: Allan Perry

Allan has been involved in Judo for over 40 years, having originally started after his 3 sons took up the sport. Allan is well known throughout Devon and the Western Area having previously been an area referee and involved in area coaching. Allan holds a 1st Dan black belt and provides sound advice to the committee, taking on formal roles within the club and coaching from time to time.

Club Vice President: Christine Gallie (nee Child) 7th Dan

Chris who lives locally in Tavistock is a former double senior European Champion, 8 times British Champion and world number 1, the first British female to achieve 5th Dan she is also a former head ladies coach at the Budokwai. A true pioneer and giant of British Judo.

Chris attends many of our official functions in her capacity as Vice-President and two of our annual awards for most improved Judoka, Christine is a fountain of Judo knowledge and provides advice to the chair and other coaches, she also acts as a wonderful role model to all our members of what can be achieved with hard-work and determination

Club Chairman: Ross Taylor

One of the Co-Founders of our club, Ross oversees all the various goings on here at Drake Judo Club with a special interest in promotion and recruitment. Ross chairs formal committee meetings and represents the club formally at associated meetings.

Club Secretary: Juliet Morgan

Juliet is our Club Secretary and is involved with most of the key decisions made at executive level.

She also responds on behalf of the club officially and will at times represent the Club at events or meetings.

Club Treasurer: Charles Knape

One of our Co-Founders of Drake Judo Club, Charles is the club treasurer and head of finance for a large international company in his non Judo life. Charles makes sure all the numbers add up and that everything is costed accordingly.

Lyshia Gregory

Lyshia has been involved in Judo for the last 12 years from mini mons all the way up to International level players, Lyshia brings essential experience to our team and is well known for her ideas, many of which have been implemented into DJC day to day running, One example being our logo!

Club Welfare Officer: Jess Frise

NSPCC Time to Listen Course, SCUK Safeguarding Children Course

Jess has the most important and most time-consuming jobs at Drake Judo Club as our head of Adult and Child Welfare. DJC pride ourselves that our adult and child welfare are absolutely first class and transparent, this includes logistics for club trips, risk assessments for any club related activity, writing club policy in line with government and sport England legislation. Jess’s hard work was recognised nationally in 2018 when she became British Judo Association Welfare officer of the Year.

Club Head Coach/Coaching Liaison: Mike Nugent

Mike sits on the executive as our Head Coach but also provides a link between the actual sport and the running of the club. Mike also hosts coaching meetings, the outcomes of which are then communicated to the committee.

Club Volunteer Co-ordinator: Ros Lucas

Ros has a similar role to Tony, in that she is involved in all aspects of club life, including club trips, recruitment, development and welfare. Ros is also the voice of reason (sometimes) during committee meetings.

Club Volunteer Co-ordinator: Tony Murphy

Tony is a man involved in various things at Drake Judo Club, from competition entries to interclub relationships. Tony is always there to give a helping hand and is also very handy having built our wonderful podium! Tony also arranges some of our social events too.

PA to The Chairman: Jackie Gale

Jackie is fairly new to our volunteer network but you wouldn’t know it, she has hands in fundraising, admin and finance and social events, She will be familiar to virtually all of our membership as she attends most of our sessions across Plymouth and Tavistock

Club Captain: Jack Murphy

Jack is our Club Captain and represents the club officially at different events. Jack occasionally attends committee meetings and is the equivalent of our player’s representative within the club.

Recruitment Co-ordinator: Carrie Slater