Chief executive salary FAQs

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about our chief executive’s salary.

How much does the RNLI chief executive earn?

In 2015, the RNLI chief executive received aggregate employee benefits of £151,110. This represents salaries, social security, RNLI pension and company car costs. In 2014, this figure was £149,123.
The RNLI acknowledges the recommendations made following the Report of the Inquiry into Charity Senior Executive Pay and the Guidance Provided for Trustees in Setting Remuneration by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). The inquiry advocated greater transparency and the RNLI recognised and accepted those recommendations. 
As a result, we provide greater clarity in our Annual Report and Accounts and on the RNLI website, by differentiating between directors and other key management personnel who earn in excess of £60,000, as well as continuing to disclose the chief executive’s pay in full.

The RNLI is committed to openness and transparency on senior pay. We feel people deserve to understand fully how their generous donations are used, including why the RNLI pays what it does to the chief executive. 

How is the Chief Executive’s salary reviewed?

The RNLI has worked hard to ensure reward for all staff is fair and appropriate, benchmarking against the charity and commercial sectors. Our priority is to attract the best candidates and get the right person in the right role at all levels of the RNLI.

The chief executive's pay review and any subsequent pay award is part of the same collective pay and approval process that applies to all other staff and he had the same pension arrangements, including contribution levels, as all other staff whilst he was a member of the scheme. The chief executive has access to an RNLI-funded car, in line with the policy for those who are required to undertake significant travel for the charity. The salary is determined by a sub-committee of the Board of Trustees, all of whom are unpaid.

In some respects it is difficult to compare the RNLI to other charities. We have tens of thousands of volunteers, lifeboat crew, lifeguards, fundraisers and others dedicated to saving lives at sea in a highly professional, technologically advanced and often risky business. 

Our increasingly sophisticated lifesaving operation encompasses lifeboats, lifeguards, flood rescue, international, fundraising, engineering, boatbuilding, safety and education. We are a professional emergency service.