RNLI Annual General Meeting 2020

The RNLI Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place as a virtual event on Tuesday 3 November.

The RNLI Annual General Meeting (AGM) was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the situation remains uncertain, and to help safeguard the welfare of our supporters, we wanted to hold the AGM virtually. However, the RNLI’s current Bye-Laws did not support this.

We applied and have received an order from the Charities Commission, pursuant to Section 105 of the Charities Act 2011, which sanctions holding our AGM this year as a virtual meeting. This authorises Trustees to convene the meeting and undertake the business shown on the Notice of Meeting, including voting to take place virtually.

Governors will be officially notified of the AGM by letter.

RNLI Annual General Meeting, Tuesday 3 November 2020, 2pm

Held virtually

A virtual format allows Governors to participate and vote in the AGM from the safety of their own homes without needing to travel. The live stream can be viewed through an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Firefox on a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. We hope that a virtual AGM will therefore enable many more Governors to attend than would usually be the case. 

Please refer to the Governor invitation letter, AGM Notice and Virtual AGM information document, which includes further details of what the Virtual AGM will involve.

AGM RSVP process for Governors 

Please register to participate in the virtual AGM by completing the Virtual AGM RSVP form online by 5 October.  

If you need any help, please contact the Supporter Experience Team on 0300 300 9995 (or +44 1202 663234 if calling from outside the UK) or email events@rnli.org.uk.

Once we confirm your attendance, you will be sent an email from RNLI@lumiglobal.com with further information, including a link, your password, details of how to join the virtual AGM and the process of voting. If you have not received this email by 23 October please check the junk folder in your inbox before contacting events@rnli.org.uk.

The Charity Commission requested that provision is made for a very limited number of Governors who cannot join the AGM electronically to attend in person at RNLI Supporter Centre, Poole (location subject to capacity). We strongly recommend that you rely on virtual attendance rather than attending in person.

Please consider your own safety, and the safety of others, before requesting to attend in person. Places will be strictly limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register your interest by completing the in-person AGM RSVP form online, or by calling the Supporter Experience Team who can complete this on your behalf, by 5 October.

RSVP process if you are not a Governor

Only Governors are eligible to vote at the AGM but RNLI supporters, volunteers and staff can express their interest in watching a live stream of AGM using an alternative link. To register for this, please email your name and supporter details to events@rnli.org.uk by 5 October. 

Adjourned meeting

If the required quorum is not reached at the AGM, it will be adjourned to Friday 13 November, 2pm, at the RNLI Support Centre, Poole. If this is the case, RSVP information will be available on this webpage on 4 November.

Can’t attend?

A recorded version of the AGM will be available on this page a week after the AGM or shortly after the adjourned AGM as appropriate. 

Additional information

Read the Chairman’s Invitation Letter to Governors and AGM Notice

See the Virtual AGM information

View the Royal Charter and Bye-Laws

Download the Annual Report & Accounts