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.
Role profiles are available for the Chairman role, Council member role and Trustee role.
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, 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 chaired the Lean Board, which had oversight of 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 until 2008. He was appointed Vice Convenor of the Scottish Lifeboat Council in 1996 and Chairman in 2003. He has been an RNLI Deputy Chaiman since 2009. Andrew and his wife Heather live in Edinburgh and have three children.
Vicky is Director of GPDR Ltd. She was the immediate Past President of CIPD and is visiting fellow of Judge Business School. She 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 was also President of the UK Management Consultancies Association in 1998. She was elected to the RNLI Council in 2003 and appointed as a Trustee in July 2008. She has been an RNLI Deputy Chairman since 2012, and was appointed as a Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in 2014.
After 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. From 15 October 2014 Eddie is The Prime Warden of the Basket Makers Livery Company.Eddie is currently a business advisor. He was elected to the Council in May 2013 and has since been appointed an RNLI Trustee and Treasurer. He has chaired the Finance and Investment Committees since 2014. 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 has been a member of the Audit and Risk Committee since 2013 and was Chairman of the Fundraising and Communications Committee from 2013 until it was disbanded at the end of 2014.
He is married to Hilary and they have five children.
Janet Cooper has more than 30 years’ experience as a lawyer specialising in remuneration and corporate governance, and advising many global businesses. Janet is a co-founding partner of Tapestry Compliance and before that was a partner at global law firm Linklaters.She is a Trustee and Vice President of the UK National Committee of UN Women, which is the United Nations entity supporting gender equality globally. She is on the Council of Roehampton University and on the board of a number of other non-profit organisations.Janet was a member of the RNLI Resources Committee from 2011 to 2014. She was elected to the RNLI Council and appointed as a Trustee in 2014.
Janet is also a member of Institute of Directors, Institute of Business Ethics, and Forum UK, an invitation-only network that honours the top 200 women in the UK.
David Delamer is Managing Director of Technico, a company specialising in solutions for the Irish telecoms industry. He has worked with the company for 29 years in Ireland and on contract to Alcatel in Vienna and Paris. Prior to joining Technico, he worked with Price Waterhouse, London for two years. David is an ex-Chair of the Joint Strategic Board of the three General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland and is currently the Chairman of the Commissioners of Irish Lights. He was a founding Trustee and Chairman of Bracken Hill School Charitable Trust, the largest community-based not-for-profit pre-school in Ireland. He was a director and the Safety Officer for the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland for 3 years. A sailor since childhood, he has had a lifetime enthusiasm for the sea, sailing all shapes and sizes of dinghies and yachts locally from Howth and overseas. In recent years he has spent enjoyable weeks and weekends on and off the water at junior sailing events at many of the coastal and inland towns across Ireland and the UK that support organised dinghy sailing. David was elected to the Council in 2012 and appointed a Trustee in 2014.
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 2012 and he was appointed an RNLI Trustee in 2013.
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence 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 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 in 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 2011, became a member of the RNLI Audit and Risk Committee in 2012, and was appointed an RNLI Trustee in 2013. He became Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee in 2014.
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 and appointed an RNLI Trustee in 2007. 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 2013.
* The bonus scheme was ended in 2010.** Other = car benefit
In addition to the above, Mr Boissier participated in the standard RNLI pension scheme for which he funded an 8% contribution from his salary, matched by a 16% employer’s contribution. This scheme is available to all RNLI employees. Mr Boissier withdrew from the scheme at the end of February 2014.
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.
Vice Presidents are appointed by the Trustee Board as a mark of special recognition of service to the RNLI.
David Acland CBE DLDr Wilson Adam LRCP LRCS LDS HDDRobin Aisher OBEMrs Rosanna Allen-MirehouseRichard Barclay FCIBAdmiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DLRobert Braithwaite CBEIain Bryce TD DL FCABelinda Bucknall QCMichael BuerkCaptain Roy Bullen MBEMost Rev the Rt Hon Dr George L Carey PCR Angus Clark CBEGeorge ClarkVictor Cocker CBE BA(Econ) FCIWEM CIMgt Robert ColvillVice Admiral Sir John Coward KCB DSOSir Andrew Cubie CBE FRSEDr Ian Dand BSc PhD Feng FRINA FRSADr Ronald Delany LLBTony Dorey OBE BSc CEng FRINAThe Hon Mrs Henry Douglas-HomeMaldwin Drummond OBE JP DL HonDscMr Wilson Ervin CBEEric Freeman FICSPhilip Gilbert CVO OBEDr Norman GodmanAir Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon GCB CBE FRAeSThe Lord GreenwayHelen GriffithsAnthony Hannay LLBJohn Harrison MBE FCACommodore Sir Bob Hastie KCVO CBE KStJ RD* JP RNRPeter Hodges MNIRobert HollondThe Rt Hon the Earl Howe MPSir John James KCVO CBEMartin Jay CBE DLTerence JohnsonHis Honour Judge Graham JonesHis Honour Judge Graham Hume JonesCaptain George A B King CBE FRINCaptain Liam Kirwan MN. AFRIN. Mar. Surv-Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE RD*Rear Admiral John Lang DLClayton Love JnrCaptain Tony McCrum RNSir Peter MillerVice Admiral Sir Christopher Morgan KBEMr Colin Mudie RDI CEng FRINA FCSDRear Admiral John Myres CBRonald Neil CBEPeter Nicholson CBEThe Rt Hon the Albert Owen MPKeith Read CBE FIMarESTSir Alan Reid GCVOThe Rt Hon Sir John RochRear Admiral Sir Patrick Rowe KCVO CBEAlison Saunders MBEAdmiral Sir Jock Slater GCB LVO DLSir Nigel Southward KCVOVice Admiral R R SquiresMaurice Storey CE CEng FIMarEST FRINADame Valerie Strachan DCBThe Rt Hon Hugo Swire MPAir Vice Marshal John Tetley CB CVOVice Admiral Sir Jonathan Tod KCB CBERear Admiral John Tolhurst CB FRAeSPeter Venton OBE BSc CEng MIETSir Peter Viggers MPLord Wakeham PC DLMajor General Michael Walsh CB CBE DSO DLSir Peter WaltersCaptain Sir Miles Wingate KCVO FNIJim WoodhousePeter Workman OBE
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