Cromer RNLI 'thanks' John Redmond for his time as Lifeboat Operations Manager

Lifeboats News Release

John Redmond, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) at Cromer RNLI will be stepping down from the role on 12 March.

John Redmond

Cromer RNLI

John took over as LOM on 12 March 2020, having been part of Cromer Lifeboat Crew since 2015. The LOM appointment is for a three-year period and is then reviewed by both the LOM and RNLI.

During his eight years, John has undertaken the following roles within the station; Shore Crew, Visits Officer, Local Trainer Assessor (LTA), Casualty Care, Tractor Driver, Winch Operator, Launch Authority.

With a medical and naval background John brought great depth, experience, leadership, direction and humour to the role. During his time he has been involved in multiple launches and overseen many crew members join and advance their life saving skills.

John says: 'I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Lifeboat Operations Manager at Cromer RNLI and I'm proud of the team. I have worked with my successor, Polly, for over three years and I know she will make an excellent LOM and I wish her the very best in her new role.'

Thankfully, John won't be leaving the station as he will be taking on the volunteer role of medical trainer. He will also act as a volunteer at Wells Sea Cadets as a volunteer Instructor.

Coxswain/mechanic Paul Watling says: 'The day I heard that John was standing down as LOM was a sad day for me. We took over running the station at about the same time, and shared the same vision on how we would like to run the station and where we would like it to go. John is an excellent manager of people and is very approachable; his commitment to the station has been phenomenal and he will be sorely missed, especially the wide and varied range of stories he has to tell!

'I have persuaded him to keep a role at the station as our medical trainer as this is so vital that the crew keep their competencies in Casualty Care, and John is highly skilled in this area. I also wish John the very best in his next adventure with the Sea Cadets - he will be such an asset to them and they will love his stories as we all did.’

RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, Shaun Edwards, said: 'During his time in the role of volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, John has welcomed a number of new volunteers in all areas. He has created an inclusive and enjoyable environment for all the Cromer team as they go from strength to strength. I am very grateful to John for all his hard work and dedication, and I wish him all the very best for the future.

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