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Isle of Wight man to receive MBE for services to RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Glyn Ellis, Operations Manager for the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC), has been awarded an MBE for his services to the charity.


Glyn Ellis and HRH Duke of Kent

Glyn, 59, has worked for the RNLI for 20 years and, during that time, has transformed the way it produces and maintains inshore lifeboats.

Each year, Glyn ensures 30 inshore lifeboats are built and 70 are refitted to the highest quality at the ILC on the Isle of Wight. With Paul Johnson, he also set up the RNLI’s first four-year Modern apprenticeship scheme in 1999, ensuring young people were given the opportunity to achieve a skilled on the job qualification, during a time when most companies were leaving the island.

Glyn said: “It was unbelievable to hear that I would be given an MBE. It had never crossed my mind that I would ever get something like it. It’s actually rather bittersweet as my dad, who was a great fan of the royals, died last year. But I know he’d be hugely proud.

“I’m really lucky – I have the best job in the world! Every day I get to work with a great team, building fantastic, high quality boats. The lifeboat crews are out there, risking their lives to save others – without getting paid – so we need to make sure they have the best boats possible.”

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White, has described Glyn’s work as ‘outstanding’. He stated: “Not only is the ILC, thanks to Glyn’s enthusiasm and leadership, an integral part of the RNLI Isle of Wight family, both operational and fundraising, but he and his staff play an important ambassadorial and supporting role in many charitable aspects of our life. I strongly support this national honour for Mr Ellis.”

RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier said: “I am delighted that Glyn is to receive this very well-deserved honour – he is a natural ambassador for the RNLI with an infectious warmth and passion for his work”.

Notes to editor:

· Since the age of 19, following a car accident, Glyn has been an insulin-dependent diabetic. His determination to achieve despite the difficulties he faces is one of the drivers for his positivity; he is an appointed Diabetes Peer Counsellor and has provided support to many for almost a decade.

· In 2009, he was awarded a certificate of thanks from the RNLI’s Isle of Wight Fundraising guilds.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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