Our Trustees

Our trustees are a body of volunteers who carry the full financial and legal responsibility for everything the RNLI does. 

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.

RNLI Trustees bring a wide range of knowledge, expertise and experience to the organisation and approve our Strategic and Business Plans, Annual Budget and Annual Report and Accounts. 

Trustees are appointed from within and by the RNLI Council at the Annual Meeting of the Council each July. However other people with the right skills and experience may also be considered.

The RNLI Council provides a wealth of experience and expertise to support the running of the charity. Council members advise and assist our decision-making body, the RNLI Trustee Board, and act as important ambassadors for our lifesaving cause.

We recruit annually for new RNLI Council members. Applications are next open from 25 September until 22 October 2017. You can apply for a role at our recruitment site.

Role profiles are available for the chairman role (PDF 53KB)council member role (PDF 46KB) and trustee role (PDF 51KB).

For more information, see the RNLI governance and management structure (PDF 34KB).

Meet our current trustees:

Our chair
Stuart Popham, Chair
Stuart Popham
‘As a lifelong sailor with family who recognise the real value of the RNLI, I felt I could do my bit to help.’
Our chair
Deputy Chair and Treasurer
Eddie Donaldson, Deputy Chairman and Treasurer
Eddie Donaldson
‘I have always admired those in the RNLI who risk their lives for others, so I jumped at the chance to come onboard myself.’
Deputy Chair and Treasurer
Our trustees
RNLI Trustee Mark Byford
Mark Byford
‘The appeal has always been the strong sense of volunteering, courage, independence and community.’
Our trustees
Our Trustees
Janet Cooper RNLI trustee
Janet Cooper
‘The RNLI gives an invaluable service and I am inspired by the many volunteers who work so hard to provide it.’
Our Trustees
Our Trustees
RNLI trustee David Delamer
David Delamer
‘For me, the RNLI gives incredible importance and value to individual life.’
Our Trustees
Our Trustees
Sir Peter Housden, RNLI Trustee
Sir Peter Housden
‘I want to help the RNLI be the very best organisation it can be, supporting coastal work both here and overseas.’
Our Trustees
Our Trustees
RNLI Trustee Sir Tim Laurence
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence
‘Seeing the shiny, beautiful and awe-inspiring Dungeness lifeboat aged 4 – I was hooked for life.’
Our Trustees
Our Trustees
Sonia Modray, RNLI Trustee
Sonia Modray
‘From my first day at the RNLI I was impressed by the selfless dedication and professionalism of all involved with this inspiring organisation.’
Our Trustees
our trustees
RNLI Trustee Mike Sturrock
Mike Sturrock
‘I’ve had a passion for the sea all my life and it’s a huge privilege to be part of the RNLI and work in the most extraordinary culture and with such motivated people.’
our trustees
Our Trustees
RNLI Trustee Chris Walters
Chris Walters
'Inspired by the courage of volunteer crews, I am a delighted to play a role in advancing the safety and performance of the RNLI fleet.' 
Our Trustees