Chairperson - Lifeboat Management Group - Seahouses

Chairperson - Lifeboat Management Group - Seahouses

Volunteer area
Wales and West
Volunteer role type images
Volunteer location
Seahouses, Northumberland
Latitude and longitude (Vol locations)
55.5828857421875, -1.65403199195861
Time commitment
Flexible with weekly requirements
Lifesaving operations
Responsible to
Area Lifesaving Manager
Safeguarding level
2: Awareness and understanding of safeguarding policy required and online safeguarding training module required to be completed upon commencement of role.
Closing Date
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The RNLI’s Lifeboat Station in Seahouses is looking for a volunteer to join the existing team in the role of Lifeboat Management Group Chair. 

Established in 1827, Seahouses Lifeboat Station runs both a state-of-the-art Shannon Class all-weather lifeboat, which arrived on station in December 2020,  and a D-Class inshore lifeboat. The crews have been presented with four awards for gallantry in the station’s history. The Lifeboat Crew are all volunteers, headed up by the Lifeboat Operations Manager and Deputy Launching Authorities, and also working alongside a volunteer Shore Crew team to safely launch and recover the lifeboats.  All boat and shore crew follow the RNLI’s national Competency Based Training Scheme and respond to pagers when there is a request to launch the lifeboats. The wider team includes volunteer fundraisers, shop volunteers and water safety volunteers. 

The impact you will make 

This role will help us save lives at sea by ensuring good communication, information sharing and joint cooperation between the RNLI, local team members and the local community, and by providing good local leadership. 

What you will be doing 

  • Providing local leadership to ensure that all functions of the local station are co-ordinated, information shared, and to develop a joint approach in representing the activities of the RNLI to the local community
  • Holding regular meetings with members of the Lifeboat Management Group to discuss all matters relating to the RNLI locally, ensuring that these meetings are minuted and agreeing plans of action for specific items as appropriate
  • Developing local relationships and become the common contact point for general non-operational RNLI matters locally
  • Encouraging and facilitate leaders of all the supporting teams to co-operate on an informal and regular basis
  • Ensuring that the appropriate output from the meetings is communicated via the team leaders to all RNLI volunteers and staff
  • Ensuring that leaders of all the supporting teams are aware of policy matters communicated from RNLI Support Centre, Poole
  • Meeting regularly with the Area Lifesaving Manager to discuss matters relating to the management of the RNLI locally 

Find out more about becoming a lifeboat station volunteer 

What you need for this role 

  • Team player
  • Good communication skills
  • Interest in/knowledge of RNLI
  • Ability to chair a meeting effectively

What’s in it for you 

  • Join an inclusive and diverse organisation
  • Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference
  • Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV
  • Gain the satisfaction of giving back
  • Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed

Please apply online or for further information contact the RNLI’s Volunteering Team on 01202 663346 or by email on


The RNLI is committed to safeguarding; ensuring the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.  We expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment and have a zero tolerance approach to proven incidents of bullying, abuse, harassment  or exploitation.  The suitability of all prospective employees and volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. This will include relevant criminal record checks being carried out dependent on the eligibility of the role. (England & Wales; DBS check, Scotland; Disclosure Scotland PVG, Northern Ireland; Access NI, Republic of Ireland; Garda Vetting; International, International Child Protection Certificate process).

Diversity at the RNLI

Our staff and volunteers have been saving lives at sea without prejudice for nearly 200 years. We respect and value diversity of background, skills and perspectives within our teams, and consider it essential to help us deliver a world-class lifesaving service. We are an inclusive organisation and welcome applications from everyone. In addition to having the skills needed for the role, we also look for applicants who share our commitment to living our RNLI values (trustworthy, courageous, selfless, and dependable), and helping us work towards Our Vision: To save every one.