How the RNLI is run

We are separate from coastguards, independent of government and rely on our volunteers and supporters to run our lifesaving service.

Three crew members are stood on a rock next to the sea smiling and wearing full crew kit
Running costs
It cost £139.2M (€157.3M) in 2020 to run our lifesaving service – all funded by our generous supporters.
Our lifesaving costs
Tower lifeboat hurley burley
Royal Charter and Byelaws
The Royal Charter and Byelaws are the RNLI's two key constitutional documents. 
Our governing documents
Her Majesty The Queen has been Patron of the RNLI since 1952
Our Patron and President
Her Majesty The Queen has been Patron of the RNLI since 1952, while His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent has been President since 1969. 
Our Patron and President
Morecambe RNLI rescue hovercraft.
Our Executive Team
The Executive Team are the RNLI’s senior managers, responsible for the day-to-day running of the RNLI. 
Meet our Executive Team
Hoylake shannon lifeboat
Our Vice Presidents
Vice Presidents are appointed by the Trustee Board as a mark of special recognition of service to the RNLI.
Meet our Vice Presidents
St Ives Shannon rescue training
Our Trustees
Our trustees are a body of volunteers who carry full financial and legal responsibility for everything the RNLI does. 
Meet our trustees
The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London
RNLI Annual General Meeting 2021
The RNLI’s AGM 2021 was held for the second time as a hybrid event. The live stream could be viewed through an internet browser on a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone.
Our AGM
To save lives and to protect themselves and others during the pandemic, Littlehampton volunteers wear Covid-19 PPE aboard their Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman
Annual Report and Accounts
Read about the impact of our 2020 rescue and drowning prevention activities, our plans, governance and finances – including the RNLI’s financial review, statements and independent auditor’s report.
Our annual report
Lifeboat crew out at night
Gender pay gap reporting
As an organisation that employs over 250 people in Great Britain, the RNLI is legally required to publish its gender pay gap figures. 
Read the report