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Skegness RNLI announces new roles to boost operations and training

Lifeboats News Release

Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Station is pleased to announce the appointment of two new volunteers to its Operations Team and Lifeboat Management Group.

RNLI/Brad Johnson

Billy Brookes, Lifeboat Admin Officer

Billy Brookes and Ryan Speed are stepping into pivotal roles that will further bolster the station's operational efficiency and training capabilities.

Billy Brookes, a dedicated volunteer Trainee Helm and Trainee Navigator at Skegness lifeboat station, is taking on the additional role of Lifeboat Admin Officer. His responsibilities will include recording notes of operational team meetings, managing minutes of Lifeboat Management Group meetings, and serving as the primary contact point on general administrative matters of interest to the lifeboat station. He will also support team members through operating the RNLI’s computer systems.

Joining him in the new appointments is Ryan Speed, who will serve as the volunteer Lifeboat Training Coordinator. Currently a volunteer Trainee Helm and Trainee Navigator, Ryan will maintain station training records, co-ordinate training with the Lifeboat Operations Manager, Coxswain/Helm and Mechanic, liaise with Area and Divisional Assessor Trainers regarding assessments, maintain the station training plans, and carry out succession planning with the Lifeboat Operations Manager.

Ryan and Billy join Brad Johnson, who was appointed as the station's volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer in March 2023. Brad, also the outgoing Lifeboat Training Coordinator and Deputy Launching Authority, is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with local media and promoting newsworthy rescues and lifeboat station events.

On his new role, Ryan expressed his enthusiasm, saying: 'I am thrilled to step into this new role as the Lifeboat Training Coordinator. It's an opportunity to continue supporting our team's ongoing training and development, ensuring we remain ready to serve our community. I am excited to contribute further to the station's mission, building on our strong tradition of excellence.'

The station would like to extend its thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers who continue to support the work of the RNLI and Skegness lifeboat station. Their unwavering commitment and tireless efforts play a vital role in the charity's mission to save lives at sea.

RNLI Media contacts

For more information, please contact Brad Johnson, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

RNLI/Brad Johnson

Ryan Speed, Lifeboat Training Coordinator

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Brad Johnson, Lifeboat Press Officer

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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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