Portishead RNLI Chairman Appointed to HQ Committee
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.
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’.
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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 2015RNLI media contacts
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 200 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved 140,000 lives.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.