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Scottish Council Appointment for Kinghorn RNLI Volunteer

Lifeboats News Release

An RNLI volunteer in Kinghorn has taken up a prominent role within the charity in Scotland.

Sheona Smith

Kirsty McLachlan

Sheona Smith

Sheona Smith, a member of the Kinghorn Lifeboat Fundraising Branch since 2006 and currently chairman of the branch, is now a joint vice chairman of the RNLI Scottish Council. The appointment was made at the Scottish Council’s Annual Meeting.

Sir Andrew Cubie CBE, who was chairman for 20 years, stood down and he was replaced by Roger Lockwood CB, a former Chief Executive of the Northern Lighthouse Board.

Sir Andrew was also a trustee for 13 years and a deputy chairman of the RNLI overall. He will retain his strong links with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution with his appointment as a vice president.

Kinghorn Station Chairman Charlie Tulloch said of the appointment ‘It's well deserved and Sheona has played a large part in developing the fundraising team at Kinghorn as well as helping to raise the profile of the RNLI across Fife and the wider area.

‘Having been elected to Scottish Council in past year, she has obviously made a good impression with other council members hence this appointment’

The purpose of the Scottish Council is to give advice and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on lifeboat matters in Scotland and to support the work of the RNLI in Scotland. It consists of volunteers from fundraising branches and Lifeboat Station Management Groups who are elected at the Annual Meeting of the RNLI in Scotland and who meet three times a year at the RNLI Scottish Headquarters in Perth.

The other vice chairman is Karen Stewart, chairman of the Lochinver Lifeboat Management Group in the north-west Highlands.

Notes to editors

  • Kinghorn lifeboat station has been operating since 1965. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to
  • The RNLI offers free sea safety advice at
  • Attached photo of Sheona Smith

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