HM The Queen has been Patron of the RNLI since 1952.
Since then, she has named five RNLI lifeboats: the Solent class Royal British Legion Jubilee, the Waveney class The Scout, the Mersey class Her Majesty the Queen, the Severn class Richard Cox Scott and the Severn class Sybil Mullen Glover.In July 2004, HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh performed the official opening of RNLI College, where the charity’s lifeboat crew and lifeguards are trained to save lives at sea. Declaring the College officially open, Her Majesty said: ‘Having just seen some of the excellent training that is already being delivered, I am certain that the College will play a vital role in helping the RNLI to save even more lives at sea.’
HRH The Duke of Kent has been President of the RNLI since 1969. He succeeded both his father and his mother as President of the charity.
As President, the Duke of Kent has attended many RNLI events, including the official opening of RNLI College by HM The Queen in July 2004. In April 2005, at RNLI Headquarters in Dorset, he attended the naming of a new all-weather lifeboat, The Duke of Kent. 2009 saw His Royal Highness mark 40 years as President of the RNLI. At our annual presentation of awards, we presented him with a diorama in recognition of his 4 decades of service and commitment.
In charity law, the Trustees carry full financial and legal responsibility for everything the RNLI does. The Trustees are a body of volunteers who bring a wide range of knowledge, experience and expertise to the table. The Trustees approve the RNLI Strategic and Business Plans, Annual Budget and Annual Report and Accounts. They must ensure that everything done by the RNLI is genuinely and solely in pursuit of its objects: firstly, to save lives, promote safety and provide relief from disaster at sea, and, secondly, to save lives, promote safety and provide relief from disaster on inland waters. Trustees are appointed from within and by the RNLI Council at the Annual Meeting of the Council each July. The current Trustees are featured below.
Born in Yorkshire, Charles spent most of his early years in Greenock, which kindled a lifelong passion for sailing, initially on the Clyde and up the west coast of Scotland but now mostly on the south coast of EnglandHe started his career as an apprentice accountant but a management trainee position led him south and abroad with AVIS Rent-a-Car. After a spell with Continental Oil, he joined Volvo Concessionaires in 1973 as a Business Consultant to the Scottish dealers. He became a Regional Manager in the North of England and subsequently the Midlands, followed by Field Operations Manager, Dealer Operations Director and then 3 years as Sales and Marketing Director. He was appointed Deputy Chief Executive on 1 April 1990 and Managing Director 2 years later when the business was acquired by the manufacturer. He became a Senior Vice President of Volvo Car Corporation in Gothenburg in 1993 and Chairman of a number of Volvo subsidiaries including Volvo Car Ireland. From 1999–2007 he acted as the Senior Adviser to the Management Team of Volvo Car Corporation with a roving brief as an internal Management Consultant.Charles has been a member of the RNLI Council since 1996. He has served on various RNLI Committees over a 20-year period, including Fundraising, Remuneration, Membership Nomination and Property. He has been a Non-Executive Director of the RNLI Sales Company, Chairman of the Resources Committee, Chairman of the RNLI Pension Scheme and was a member of the Trustee Board, stepping down in 2008 on completion of a 10-year term. He rejoined as a Trustee in July 2009 and chairs the Lean Board, which oversees the RNLI’s Continuous Improvement Programme. Charles succeeded Lord Boyce as Chairman in July 2013.Charles and his wife Susan have two children and live in Oxfordshire.
Sir Andrew Cubie is a Consultant to the law firm Fyfe Ireland WS. He has also been Chairman and Senior Partner of that firm, having specialised in corporate law. Engaged in education issues throughout his professional career, he has been Chairman of Governance of George Watson’s College and is currently Chairman of the Court of Napier University and of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. He has held, and still holds, numerous non-executive positions. As former Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry in Scotland, he was a member of the McIntosh Commission, which made recommendations for the reform of local government and working arrangements of the Scottish Parliament. He was Convenor of the Independent Committee of the Inquiry into Student Finance (the Cubie Committee), which brought about the abolition of tuition fees in Scotland. He is a Trustee of British Council, VSO and the Calyx garden. Andrew has been a member of the RNLI’s Council since 1989 and was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Fundraising and Communications Committee in 1994. He was appointed Vice Convenor of the Scottish Lifeboat Council in 1996 and Chairman in 2003. Andrew enjoys theatre, reading and sailing. He and his wife Heather live in Edinburgh and have three children.
Vicky became Director of Consulting Services at Towers Watson in 2010. Previously, she was at Watson Wyatt from June 2005, a partner at Ernst & Young and Managing Director of the Hay Group. Vicky has spent 20 years as a management consultant in the human resources and change management field, underpinned by 14 years in professional human resource management.She is a visiting Professor at the University of Middlesex and was President of the UK Management Consultancies Association in 1998. She is currently President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Sir Alan is Keeper of the Privy Purse, Treasurer to the Queen and Receiver General of the Duchy of Lancaster, a Trustee of the Royal Collection Trust, Chairman of the Royal Collection Enterprises, Deputy Chairman of the Historic Royal Palaces, Governor and Treasurer of the King Edward VII Hospital Sister Agnes and a Trustee of the Foundation of St George’s.In his career, Sir Alan was Chief Operating Officer at KPMG UK Global, European and UK Chief Financial Officer at KPMG Global and European and UK Chairman at KPMG Management Consulting.
Following 23 years as a partner, Eddie retired from KPMG at the end of 2010 to focus his time on working alongside various charities. During his time with KPMG, he held various executive roles including Executive Partner for Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
His client work focused primarily on the construction and public sectors and also included manufacturing and retail.
For the last 9 years with KPMG he was the lead partner responsible for KPMG services to the Royal Household.
Eddie’s involvement with charities includes being Chairman of Create (Arts) Ltd and People Without Limits Ltd, and Trustee of XLP and The Family Trust. Eddie is also Under Warden for the Basket Makers Livery Company
Eddie was elected to the RNLI Council in May 2013 and has since been appointed an RNLI Trustee and Deputy Treasurer. He is also a member of the RNLI Finance and Information Systems Committee and chairs the RNLI Investment Committee.
Eddie and his wife Mary Jane have one daughter.
Under his leadership at that time, BBC World Service achieved its highest audience ever of more than 150M listeners and won prestigious Sony and Webby awards. In January 2004 he became Deputy Director-General of the BBC – but within 3 weeks of his appointment, Greg Dyke resigned as Director-General, following the publication of the Hutton Report. Mark Byford became Acting Director-General for 5 months. With no substantive Chairman and Director-General, he had to stabilise the organisation as it faced the biggest crisis in its history.Born in Castleford, West Yorkshire, he was educated at Lincoln School before studying Law at the University of Leeds. He is married to Hilary and they have five children. His hobbies include family life, sport and rock music. He supports Leeds United football team and has a well-known reputation for an encyclopaedic knowledge of rock and pop music, especially regarding The Beatles.Mark was elected to the RNLI Council in 2011. He was appointed an RNLI Trustee in 2012. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Chairman of the Fundraising and Communications Committee.
John is President of Galway Lifeboat Station and is a member of the Fundraising and Communications Committee. He is a businessman with interests in Ireland and the UK, and is a Commissioner of Irish Lights. His volunteer activities have included Presidency of Galway Chamber of Commerce and of Chambers Ireland, and Vice-Presidency of Eurochambres. He has also chaired the Galway Race Committee, Galway Airport and Galway Harbour Commissioners. Married to Sally, they have six children and four grandchildren. His leisure interests include sailing, horse racing and angling.
Angela has more than 30 years’ experience in leisure marketing and communications. She has worked for Saga, the market leader in services for the over 50s, where she was Marketing Director for Saga Holidays, before she became Communications Director for the Saga Group. Angela was previously Marketing Director of London Zoo and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park and was Chief Executive of a tourism development action programme in Kent. Angela is a Trustee Director of Anchor Trust, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people. She is also a Trustee Director of The Brooke - the international animal welfare organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world's poorest communities.Angela was elected to the RNLI Council in May 2010 and was appointed an RNLI Trustee in November 2013. She is also a member of the RNLI Fundraising and Communications Committee.Angela lives near Canterbury and is married with two children.
Sir Peter Housden was appointed as Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government in June 2010. He was previously Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government and had earlier served at the Department from the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Here, he was Director-General for Schools, responsible for primary and secondary education in England's 27,000 schools from 2001-2005.Prior to joining DfES, Peter served from 1994 as Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council, leading the organisation through local government review and a wide-ranging programme of modernisation. In September 2000, he was seconded to the Audit Commission for six months to lead its work on the NHS national plan.Peter began his career at a comprehensive school teacher in Shropshire and worked as an education officer in three county authorities before being appointed Director of Education in Nottinghamshire in 1991. Peter has served as a Trustee of the Work Foundation and as an Associate Fellow of Warwick University Business School. Local Statesmen, his oral history of politics in Nottinghamshire County Council was published in 2000.Peter was elected to the RNLI Council in May 2012 and he was appointed an RNLI Trustee in November 2013.
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO CB ADC is currently pursuing a second career in property and business consultancy. He is Chairman of Dorchester Regeneration, Non-Executive Director of Capita Symonds and Senior Military Advisor to PA Consulting. He is a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is a Commissioner for English Heritage.His 37-year career in the Royal Navy included a series of navigation and warfare appointments and four warship commands. His final post was as Chief Executive of Defence Estates, where he was responsible for managing most Defence land and buildings in the UK and overseas. Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO CB ADC joined the RNLI Council in 2004 and became a Trustee in 2011, when he also joined the Operations Committee. He was appointed Chairman of the Operations Committee in 2012.
Stuart joined Citigroup on 1 July 2011 as Vice Chairman of EMEA Banking. Until December 2010, he was the Senior Partner, worldwide, of Clifford Chance LLP, one of the world's leading law firms, where he chaired the firm's Partnership Council, the supervisory board of the worldwide firm.
He joined Clifford Chance in 1976 and was elected to the Partnership in 1984. He held various roles within the firm including leading the Banking and Finance practice areas between 1999 and 2003, becoming the Senior Partner in 2003.
Stuart was Chair from 2009-12 of TheCityUK, which promotes financial services. Stuart sits on the boards of Legal & General Insurance, The Barbican Centre Trust, Birkbeck University of London, and Advisory Forum of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
He was a Patron of the Whitehall Industry Group. Stuart is a member of the CBI and was for a number of years Chair of the London Region and sat on the Chairman's and other committees. Stuart was made Queen's Counsel (honoris causa) in 2011.
He was elected to the RNLI Council in May 2011, became a member of the RNLI Audit and Risk Committee in 2012, and was appointed an RNLI Trustee in July 2013.
Malcolm is a Chartered Marine Engineer and former Managing Director of P&O Three Quays Marine Services Ltd. Here, he was involved with the naval architecture and marine engineering of a very wide variety of new build ship design and construction projects in shipyards throughout the world. He is a past President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and Trustee and Chairman of the Institute's Pension Fund. A Freeman of the City of London, he is Assistant Emeritus of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Engineers and Trustee of the Charitable Trust. Malcolm was elected as a member of the RNLI Council in 2005. He has served on the Technical Committee since 1999 and became its Chairman in 2007.
He and his wife Linda live in London and have two adult sons.
The Executive Team, led by the Chief Executive, are the RNLI’s senior managers. The Chief Executive is responsible to the Trustees for the day-to-day running of the RNLI and the execution of the strategy and policies decided by the Trustee Committee. Six specialist directors are responsible for the charity's six departments.
Paul Boissier has spent much of his working life either at sea or closely involved with seafarers. After graduating in Mechanical Engineering at Cambridge University, he joined the Royal Navy where he specialised in navigation and served in a variety of submarines during the Cold War. This led to two submarine commands – HMS Onyx and HMS Trafalgar – before he moved into the surface fleet as the Captain of HMS Chatham.After this, he came ashore as the Commander of Portsmouth Naval Base, before moving to Bristol as the Chief of Fleet Support, responsible for all Royal Navy maintenance and logistics.His naval career ended with 2 years as the Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Navy based in Portsmouth.During his naval career, he spent a year at London Business School, where he graduated with a Masters degree in Business Management. And prior to this a year working for Guinness, where he trained as a Brewer.Paul has written three books on the sea; spent 3 years as the Commodore of the Royal Navy Sailing Association; and is a Younger Brother of Trinity House.He joined the RNLI in 2009 and has enjoyed every moment of the job from that point onwards.He is married, lives in north Hampshire and enjoys travel, gardening, writing and breadmaking.
The RNLI is committed to a fair and appropriate reward policy for all staff, from the Chief Executive down.
We have disclosed the Chief Executive's salary data for many years in our Annual Report, meeting the Charity Commission's standards, confident in the knowledge that our pay structures are fair and appropriate to a world-class search and rescue organisation and charity, whose volunteers and staff have been saving lives around the UK and Ireland since 1824.
We feel people deserve to understand fully how their generous donations are used, including why the RNLI pays what it does to the Chief Executive.
The table below spells out the Chief Executive's total package for 2012.
* The bonus scheme was ended in 2010.** Other = car benefit
In addition to the above, Mr Boissier participates in the standard RNLI pension scheme for which he funds an 8% contribution from his salary, matched by a 16% employer’s contribution. This scheme is available to all RNLI employees.
The RNLI has worked hard to ensure reward for all staff is fair and appropriate, benchmarking against the charity and commercial sectors. Our priority is to attract the best candidates and get the right person in the right role at all levels of the RNLI.
A review of executive salaries has taken place over the last few years, resulting in the removal of bonus payments for the Executive Team in 2010.
The Chief Executive's pay increases are in line with all other staff and he has the same pension arrangements. The Chief Executive has access to an RNLI-funded car, in line with the policy for those who are required to undertake significant travel for the charity. The salary is determined by a sub-committee of the Board of Trustees, all of whom are unpaid.
In some respects it is difficult to compare the RNLI to other charities. We have tens of thousands of volunteers, lifeboat crew, lifeguards, fundraisers and others dedicated to saving lives at sea in a highly professional, technologically advanced and often risky business. Our increasingly sophisticated lifesaving operation encompasses lifeboats, lifeguards, flood rescue, international, fundraising, engineering, boatbuilding and education. We are a professional emergency service.
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David was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1982 and earned an honours degree in Air Transport Engineering at the City University. He later achieved a Masters degree in Defence Studies from Kings College, London University.
His early appointments were on a front-line Tornado air defence fighter station and his career then developed through a variety of tours, including working with Tucano training aircraft, procurement of future offensive air systems, and RAF engineering and quality management policy.
Much of David’s recent experience was with Chinook helicopters, firstly as the Senior Engineering Officer on the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing and latterly commanding RAF Odiham’s Engineering and Supply Wing, where he was responsible for the provision of serviceable aircraft, engineering and supply manpower and logistic support to RAF Chinook and Army Lynx operations in the UK, Iraq and Afghanistan. He served on operations in the Middle East during the 1990–91 Gulf War and in Sierra Leone in 2000.
He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Graduate of the Joint Services Command and Staff College.
David joined the RNLI as Engineering and Supply Director in June 2007 and is responsible for almost 400 staff who design, build, refit and repair the Institution’s fleet of more than 500 lifeboats, supply all their spares and equipment and provide a similar service to RNLI Lifeguards.
David lists his interests as clay target shooting, cricket and watching rugby. He is married to Angela, and they have a son and a daughter.
James joined the RNLI after many years in the advertising industry developing brands as diverse as Gordon’s Gin and the Atomic Energy Authority.
On joining the RNLI in 1998 he worked in Fundraising and Communications across a variety of marketing-focused roles. But in 2008 he was appointed Corporate Services Director and continued the diverse theme of his career with a business support portfolio including Estate Management, Governance, Legal, Continuous Improvement, Business Planning and the RNLI's evolving International Strategy.
In 2011 James moved back into Fundraising and Communications as the team's Director. He has since overseen a substantial restructure to ensure the funding engine of the RNLI is fit for purpose and capable of delivering the income required by the RNLI’s 20-year strategic plan.
Born in north London, James is married to Sara and they live in north Dorset with their two teenage sons. A keen sailor and smallholder, he balances the competing demands of family life, work, animal husbandry and, whenever possible, some sailing!
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in London, Alan gained a wide range of experience working with a number of global engineering organisations in senior corporate and operational financial roles. These included Schlumberger, the leading oilfield services provider, GKN/Westland, the helicopter and aerospace group, and more recently as Group Finance Director of the Hamworthy Combustion Group.
He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and The Chartered Management Institute. Alan and his wife Heather have two daughters and two sons and live in west Dorset. His interests include enjoying family life, watching most sports, keeping fit, music and the theatre.
Heidi joined the Royal National Lifeboat Institution back in 1999 following a career break to raise her two sons. Prior to this Heidi’s earlier career had been in the financial sector, starting her career as a Bank Clerk with Natwest Bank and then moving on to a couple of other high street Building Societies holding various advisor roles in the branch.
Heidi describes how she moved into the HR profession almost by accident after taking a temporary role in the HR department as a stop-gap. She soon became completely immersed and truly inspired by the passion and dedication of everyone involved with the RNLI where people are the heart of everything. She has held several different roles in the People Department over the last 14 years, most latterly holding the post of Head of People Services which provides all front line people support to volunteers, staff and managers. In addition, Heidi represented the people function on several RNLI governance bodies including the Resources and Remuneration Committee and has served as a Pension Trustee.
In her role as Director of People for the RNLI, Heidi has had a wide remit that covers all aspects of human resource management for the organisation’s volunteer and staff workforce, including specialist advice and support, the provision of all learning and development requirements and an oversight of the RNLI’s College in Poole.
In her spare time Heidi enjoys travel, taking her dogs for countryside walks and reading.
George has a Class 1 Master Mariners (Foreign going) Certificate of Competency and a Diploma in Management Studies (Shipping) from Plymouth University.
His background is in shipping. In 1975 he joined P&O as a Group Deck Cadet. As a cadet, he served mainly on general cargo, and refrigerated cargo ships. He joined Crescent Shipping soon after gaining his Second Mates Ticket (Foreign going) and served with Crescent in the rank of Chief Officer trading in the Baltic, North Europe and the Mediterranean (including rivers, canal work and cable laying) before working briefly ashore in ship operations (Ship Link UK Ltd., Rochester, Kent).
He joined the RNLI as Deputy Divisional Inspector/West in 1990 and was promoted to Divisional Inspector/West in 1995 and Divisional Inspector South in 1998. He then moved to become Staff Officer Operations (Divisions) at HQ in 2002 and was responsible for dealing with the management of the Divisional Inspectors and the operational divisions. In 2007 he was appointed as Head of Operations (Lifesaving Delivery).
He has been an active member of the RNLI’s Health and Safety Committee and the staff team chairman of ‘Channel’ since its formation. Since becoming Head of Operations (Lifesaving Delivery) he has had oversight of delivering the Institution’s lifeguard service, sea safety programmes and flood rescue activities.
He lives close to Blandford, Dorset and has maintained his sailing interests throughout his time with the RNLI.
Anjie joined the RNLI in December 1993 as Retail Operations Manager in Sales Company (part of Fundraising), transferring to Business Support (formerly known as Corporate Services) in December 2002 as Special Projects Manager.
She is now responsible for the RNLI's information systems and technology, the organisation-wide Continuous Improvement programme, and for the RNLI Governance Strategy and its delivery.
Anjie is a Chartered Company Secretary and experienced Project / Programme Manager.
She lives in Hamworthy with her husband Kevin.
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