Be a volunteer trustee

Appointed once a year, the RNLI’s trustees set the charity’s strategic direction.
RNLI relief Mersey class lifeboat, Lifetime Care 12-11, being transported by road to a temporary home

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

RNLI relief Mersey class lifeboat, Lifetime Care 12-11, being transported by road to a temporary home

The RNLI’s trustees set the charity’s strategic direction and give valuable guidance and support.

They are all volunteers and bring a wide range of knowledge, experience and expertise to the RNLI.

Volunteering for the long haul

RNLI trustees commit to a 3-year term, but some trustees can serve up to 9 consecutive years before being required to step down for at least 3 years.

Trustees are appointed from within and by the RNLI Council at the Annual Meeting of the Council each July. However other people with the right skills and experience may also be considered.

The RNLI Council provides a wealth of experience and expertise to support the running of the charity. Council members advise and assist our decision-making body, the RNLI Trustee Board, and act as important ambassadors for our lifesaving cause.

Interested?

1) Firstly, learn more about what’s required of an RNLI Trustee.

2) If you think you have the potential to be an RNLI trustee after learning more about the role, we’d love to hear from you. Register your interest with our Volunteering Team.

What it's like to be an RNLI trustee

  • Eddie Donaldson, Deputy Chairman and Treasurer

    Be inspired

    Meet our trustees
  • Skegness lifeboat volunteers training in rough seas in their D class inshore lifeboat, Peterborough Beer Festival lV D-739
    The difference you will make
    How your support helps