Our people

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things are at the heart of the RNLI.

We are one crew image of different face shots of RNLI volunteers and staff

The vast majority are volunteers. From our brave lifeboat crews and lifeguards, who risk their lives to save others. To our generous supporters who make their lifesaving possible. From our selfless volunteers, who devote their time and energy. To our dedicated staff, who work tirelessly behind the scenes.

On lifeboats, at lifeboat stations, on beaches, in shops, in schools, at fundraising events, in coastal communities, in museums, in offices, at home or on the factory floor, they all share a common purpose - saving lives at sea.

A female crew member onboard a lifeboat at sea wearing RNLI crew kit. She is joined by a fellow male volunteer and they are looking over the horizon together on a sunny day with blue sky.
Lifeboat station volunteers
Our trained station volunteers are at the centre of RNLI lifesaving around our coasts.
Meet our lifeboat station volunteers
Two lifeguards patrolling the beach
RNLI lifeguards save lives on the beach and in the community.
Meet our lifeguards
A female heritage volunteer wearing a headscarf and using wheelchair is pictured smiling and facing the camera. She is in a library with books in the background.
Heritage volunteers
Our heritage volunteers keep our stories of courage and innovation alive.
Meet our heritage volunteers
Maxwell Callister, fundraising volunteer, with some of the tools of the trade
Fundraising volunteers
Our community fundraising volunteers raise vital funds for our lifesaving work.
Meet our fundraising volunteers
A female RNLI Education volunteer giving prevention and safety advice to the children of Coldfall primary School in London.
Community safety and youth education volunteers
Volunteers dedicated to raising water safety awareness in communities and at schools.
Meet our safety and education volunteers
A male RNLI staff member working in the All-Weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) at RNLI Support Centre in Poole.
Our staff
Working behind the scenes is the team behind our lifeboat crews, lifeguards and safety campaigns.
Meet our staff
A female RNLI volunteer talking to a member of the public in front of an informative display.
Promoting the RNLI
People who help to make our voice heard and attract new supporters.
Meet our champions
We are one crew
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Whoever we are and wherever we’re from, we stand together as one crew.
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