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RNLI New Brighton welcomes charity’s new chief executive to lifeboat station

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Mark Dowie called in to RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat Station on 8 May as part of a visit to the North West and Wales region. Mark spent time talking to volunteers and toured the station ahead of assuming his role at RNLI headquarters.

Group of people in a two-deep line outside RNLI New Brighton lifeboat station

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Fourth and fifth from left: John Payne and Mark Dowie with the RNLI New Brighton team

Accompanied by RNLI Community Lifesaving Director John Payne, RNLI Chief Executive Mark Dowie met with New Brighton Lifeboat Station volunteers as part of a visit to Merseyside including stops at Hoylake and West Kirby lifeboat stations, as well as meeting RNLI lifeguards on patrol at Sefton.

Volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager until last week, Mark spent around an hour at RNLI New Brighton talking to volunteers from different roles including lifeboat crew, the shop and members of the operations management teams. He said: ‘Having been involved with the day-to-day operations of a busy lifeboat station in Salcombe for the past two years, I was keen to get out and about on the coast before starting my role in the office next week.

‘I’m always impressed by the commitment and dedication shown by all volunteers within our lifesaving charity and New Brighton is no exception. Both John and I enjoyed a warm welcome and were delighted that so many of the New Brighton team took time from their day jobs to show us around.'

RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Thornton said: ‘It was great to welcome Mark and John to our boathouse, demonstrated by around a dozen of our volunteers on hand to greet them – a fantastic turnout for the middle of the working day and week.'

Mark and John are also scheduled to visit Flint and Rhyl lifeboat stations this week.

Mark formally starts as chief executive of the charity that saves lives at sea, on 15 May 2019.

For more on Mark’s appointment, visit https://rnli.org/support-us/become-a-volunteer/volunteer-zone/volunteer-news/from-volunteer-to-chief-executive-mark-dowie-is-our-new-leader

Group of four talking facing each other with the tractor in the background

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L to R: Ian Thornton and Helm Mike Stannard with Mark Dowie and John Payne during their boathouse tour

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