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 8 May until 5 June 2017 - you can apply using our recruitment site.
For more information, see the RNLI governance and management structure (PDF 34KB).