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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.  

For more information, see the RNLI governance and management structure (PDF 113KB).

Meet our current trustees

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Janet Legrand OBE KC (Hons)
‘The RNLI has a remarkable nearly 200-year history and I feel honoured and excited to be able to play a role in guiding this wonderful charity into the start of its third century.’
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Fiona Fell
‘A shared wish to save lives and to prevent drowning is deeply motivating and draws us together.’
Deputy Chair
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Jim Islam
‘I feel privileged to be part of the RNLI, an Institution that reflects the best values of our communities, with courageous and inspiring people achieving marvellous feats.’
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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.’
Safeguarding Trustee
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Dr Philip Goodwin
‘The poorest countries globally account for 90% of drowning deaths. I’m delighted to be working with the RNLI to help bring about change.’
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Dr John Killeen
‘It is an honour to be a volunteer in an organisation that has saved so many lives for almost 200 years, and my hope is that I can contribute to the RNLI in their continuing delivery of this invaluable service to society in the seas and lakes that abound around and in our isles.’
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Paddy McLaughlin
‘Coming from a beautiful coastal community, the RNLI has been part of my life for many years. It’s a privilege to support and honour the lifesaving work of the Institution.’
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Lord Mark Sedwill GCMG FRCS
‘As a lifelong watersports enthusiast and a former Chair of the Civil and Public Service Lifeboat Fund, I’m proud to be able to support the lifesaving work of RNLI’s crews and lifeguards in this new role as we approach the bicentenary.’
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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.’
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Chris Walters
'Inspired by the courage of volunteer crews, I am delighted to play a role in advancing the safety and performance of the RNLI fleet.' 
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Mark Wordsworth
'As a former RNLI volunteer crew member, I am very proud to be able to continue to play a part in helping to ensure that the invaluable, selfless and courageous humanitarian work delivered by the men and women of the RNLI for nearly two centuries will carry on for generations to come.'
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Denis Woulfe OBE

'The courage and dedication of RNLI staff and volunteers is truly inspiring. It is an incredible privilege to have the opportunity to support them'

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Roger Fairhead
'I am grateful to the thousands of volunteers and generous donors who enable our lifeboat crews and lifeguards to have the equipment they need to stay safe and save lives.'
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Andy Jordan
'After a career in the Royal Navy and living near the coast all my life, it is a huge privilege to be contributing to such an inspirational organisation and now be playing my part in 'saving lives at sea'.'
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