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New Chairperson at RNLI Cromer

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Richard Annis , a long time supporter and ex crew member at Cromer RNLI has been appointed its chairperson

Richard Annis , a long time supporter and ex crew member at Cromer RNLI has been appointed its chairperson. This is following on from the end of tenure of Derek Hinds. On handing over Derek said; ‘It has been a honour and a privilege to have been chair for the past 4years and I thank the crew and management and the local community for their support during my tenure’.

Richard’s association with the RNLI began in 1997 when he became a Cheshire Branch Chairman the role in which he continued until 2006.

In 2006 he joined the shore crew at RNLI Cromer, which meant he was involved in various roles: -

-Talus driver for beach launch/recovery while boathouse was updated for the arrival of Lester – all weather lifeboat

-Winch operator

-Visits Officer (LVO)

-Training Co-ordinator (LTC)

-Deputy Launch Authority (DLA)

Currently Richard is a member of the Visits team at Cromer giving talks to all groups from schools and other organisations at Cromer Lifeboat Station and visits local communities giving talks on the RNLI, He is also Family Support Volunteer for all volunteers at RNLI Cromer and has now been appointed Chairperson.

Richards maritime interests over many years have been as a sailor and angler all around the coasts of the UK, Channel Isles, France, Holland and the Mediterranean.

Richard commented,’I have been honoured to have served the RNLI over the years and now to be given the opportunity as Chair at perhaps the most famous Lifeboat station is just amazing for me. I look forward to the new year with all the challenges it will give me and working together with all the folks of the RNLI Cromer family’

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