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Volunteer Lifeboat Management Chair, Ilfracombe, Devon - EXPIRED

Job Title Volunteer Lifeboat Management Chair, Ilfracombe, Devon - EXPIRED
Contract Type Temporary / Interim
Location Ilfracombe
Salary Unpaid
Job Published 14 Sep 2016
Contact Name Volunteers Team
Contact Email

Job Description - EXPIRED

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide, on call, a 24 hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With our lifeboats, lifeguards, safety messages and flood rescue we are committed to saving more lives.

The RNLI’s Lifeboat Station in Ilfracombe is looking for a volunteer to join the existing team in the role of Lifeboat Management Group Chair.

Covering part of the North Devon coast, Ilfracombe has celebrated over 180 years as a lifeboat station. The two lifeboats carry out a wide variety of shouts and four medals for gallantry have been awarded. The North Devon coast is an area that has been notorious for danger to shipping and consequent loss of life since the earliest days of maritime trade and travel. At the foot of cliffs, rising sheer from the sea, treacherous ridges of rock run out under the surface of the water. The safety of anchorages where ships can seek shelter depends on prevailing winds and tides, and under certain conditions there is no safe haven. The Lifeboat Crew are volunteers, headed up by the Lifeboat Operations Manager and Deputy Launching Authorities and supported by a Shore Crew team. 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 youth education presenters.

The role of the Lifeboat Management Group Chair is to provide local leadership to ensure that all functions of the local station are co-ordinated by holding regular meetings, developing local relationships and communicating effectively with all stakeholders.

It is a good opportunity for the right person to join a motivated and enthusiastic local team and have the satisfaction of contributing to saving lives at sea without even getting wet!

If you have good communication skills, enjoy working as part of a team, have an interest in the RNLI and the ability to chair a meeting effectively this could be the role for you. No maritime experience necessary.

Please apply online at or for further information contact the RNLI’s Volunteering Team on 01202 663 346 or by email on You can also contact the Ilfracombe Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Wallis on 07966 516 403.

Ref: EXPIRED - LF846 | Published: 14th Sep 2016