Portishead RNLI Chairman Appointed to HQ Committee

Lifeboats News Release

Mike Roberts, Chairman of the RNLI in Portishead, has been asked by the Trustee Board at the RNLI Headquarters in Poole, to join them on their Technical Committee.

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Mike (far right) with other members of the Committee

Mike joined the volunteers in Portishead 5yrs ago where he willingly picked up a sponge and joined the Shore Crew at the old Lifeboat Station where they were operating as The Portishead Lifeboat Trust, based at Sugar Loaf Beach. Since then he became Chairman 4yrs ago, taking over the mantel from the late John Gittings.

Mike helped and supported the process of the adoption of the Trust in to the RNLI in 2015 where he became the first RNLI Chairman in Portishead. Mike is very much one of the central and key members at the Lifeboat Station and keeps his presence felt with all of the volunteers, not just the Crew but also the Fundraising, Education and Shop volunteers who all work very closely together to make sure the lifesaving service continues. His wealth of experience gives him a first-hand view of what it is like on the ‘front line’.

This new volunteer role is in addition to the one based at Portishead. He will visit Poole regularly to help advise and assist the Trustees and the Board primarily on technical issues facing the Charity.

Mike’s wealth of professional experience in industry spans over 34yrs and took him all around the world. He is very much looking forward to the new role and supporting the RNLI on a greater scale. He said, ‘The RNLI has a world-leading lifesaving capability, especially with its current and future strategic fleet of lifeboats. It is a real privilege to be invited to take part in how the technical capabilities are being developed and delivered across the UK and Ireland in order to achieve its goal of saving lives at sea’.

RNLI notes to editors

Image 1 ©RNLI Portishead – Mike with some colleagues from Poole HQ stood on the back of the latest Shannon Class all weather lifeboat to roll out of the All Weather Lifeboat Centre

Image 2 ©Nicholas Leach – Mike Roberts at the Portishead Opening Ceremony 2015

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Nicholas Leach

Mike at the Opening Ceremony of the new RNLI Lifeboat Station in Portishead, April 2015

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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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