Opportunity to help steer the future of RNLI Harwich

Lifeboats News Release

The team at RNLI Harwich is conducting a search for a volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM), and a Lifeboat Management Group Chair, to take on the challenging but rewarding roles of leading the team at the town’s lifeboat station.

Having first opened in 1876, there is a rich history of the RNLI saving lives at sea from Harwich. There are now opportunities to help shape the future of the charity locally by leading the operational team, or Chairing the management group.

The LOM is a key part in the station’s ability to continue to save lives at sea by undertaking the day to day management of the lifeboat station, ensuring a permanent state of readiness for service, while the Lifeboat Management Group (LMG) Chair, takes the lead of the LMG in overseeing every function of RNLI Harwich.

The main skills required:

  • Ability to work well as a team
  • Good communicator
  • Leadership skills
  • Local maritime knowledge (LOM)
  • IT literate
  • Ability to chair meetings effectively (LMG Chair)

Harwich RNLI Coxswain Neal Sandquest said: ‘These are challenging but very rewarding volunteer roles for anyone who wants to be part of a team dedicated to saving lives at sea, and you won’t have to even get your feet wet.’

Anyone that feels they have the skills and passion are encouraged to apply at volunteering.rnli.org.uk, by contacting the RNLI’s Volunteering Team on 01202 663346 or by email on volunteering@rnli.org.uk

Notes to editors

The RNLI station was closed between 1918 and 1965 after steam tug was requisitioned by Admiralty, with area being covered by RNLI Walton & Frinton.


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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 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.

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