‘The biggest driver for me was to make sure none of our people lost their lives’
Episode 81 – Then and Now: Michael Vlasto
In 200 years, the RNLI has seen many changes. We hear from the man who played a key role in transforming it into the organisation we know today.
From launching the concept of prevention to pushing for cutting-edge technology, Michael Vlasto OBE made his mark on the RNLI during his 38-year career, which included 16 years as Operations Director.
In this episode, Michael reflects on how the organisation evolved under his watch – a period that would see the introduction of the charity’s lifeguard service, hovercrafts, and lifeboats on the Thames. During this time, the RNLI would go from being a European lifeboats service to an international lifesaving organisation.