4x4RNE Mission Statement

4x4 Response North East exists to preserve and protect life and property, in particular but not exclusively, by providing equipment, vehicles, personnel and other resources in support of and alongside recognised service users and partners during adverse weather events, major incidents and other circumstances when called upon by them to serve the community of the North East of England

4X4 RNE Values

Our purpose is to help the emergency services and affiliated bodies combined with our values which show through as a dependable, trustworthy and hardworking volunteer group.


Years of experience, responding and co-ordinating


Chairman and Responder



Kenneth Dawson

Vice Chairman and Responder

I have been part of 4x4 response since 2017, since that time I have integrated as part of the team on call-outs and many other roles. I took on the role of events coordinator in 2018 and took a greater interest in the running of and the management side of the group by shadowing the previous vice chair until I was appointed as the new vice chair.

Being a volunteer, for me is about giving back to my community and helping those that are in need. 4x4 response are there when times, weather, and terrain get tough and for me that’s the challenge I like.




Andrew Brooksbank

Acting Secretary and Responder

I joined 4x4RNE in 2019 in order to participate in a group of like-minded people focused on assisting the community in our area. I was asked to take on the role of Acting Secretary in mid-2021 and was happy to do so in order to help further the aims of our group.



Catherine Swinbank


I joined 4x4RNE in 2018 just after Beast from the East.

As a farmer's daughter I was used to driving in all weathers. As I am now too old to be part of the Young Farmers Federation, I needed to do something where I am part of a team - achieving goals and giving support to others.

Greatest moment so far - driving my motor over the sea saw during a cross boundary training day with Cumbria 4x4.

In 2020 I was asked if I would be club treasurer - well they say" the more you put into something the more you get out" so I accepted.


Training Lead


David Anthony

Membership Lead, Coordinator and Responder

I joined the group in 2011 after seeing another vehicle displaying the logo and finding out about the group. The first role other than responder that I formally took on was one of the coordinator roles. Since then I volunteered to take on the membership role in 2020.

4x4RNE is not the only voluntary activity I take part in but it is one that brings a lot of good times. Attending events, marshaling, meeting the members, helping local communities and so much more.