RNLI Portishead chairman ‘privileged’ to join charity committee

PUBLISHED: 07:01 12 November 2017

Mike Roberts at the Portishead Lifeboat Station official opening in 2015. Picture: Nicholas Leach.

Mike Roberts at the Portishead Lifeboat Station official opening in 2015. Picture: Nicholas Leach.

Nicholas Leach

The chairman of RNLI Portishead says he is honoured to have been chosen to serve on one of the national charity’s most important committees.

Mike Roberts with some colleagues from the RNLI's Poole headquarters.Mike Roberts with some colleagues from the RNLI's Poole headquarters.

Mike Roberts has for many years been involved with the charity and before that The Portishead Lifeboat Trust, and his commitment has been recognised this month by the RNLI.

Its trustee board at its headquarters in Poole approached him to see whether he would be keen to join its technical committee and he has accepted the position.

He will carry out this voluntary role in addition to his work in Portishead.

Mike said: “The RNLI has a world-leading lifesaving capability, especially with its current and future strategic fleet of lifeboats.

“It is a real privilege to be invited to take part in how the technical capabilities are being developed and delivered across the UK and Ireland in order to achieve its goal of saving lives at sea.”

He first joined the volunteers in Portishead five years ago where he lent a helping hand at the old lifeboat station at Sugar Loaf Beach.

The lifesaving operation has come along way since he was appointed chairman four years ago, taking over from the late John Gittings.

A spokesman for RNLI Portishead said Mike had been a key figure in its success over the years.

They said: “Mike helped and supported the process of the adoption of the trust into the RNLI in 2015 where he became the first RNLI chairman in Portishead.

“Mike is very much one of the central and key members at the lifeboat station and keeps his presence felt with all of the volunteers, not just the crew but also the fundraising, education and shop volunteers who all work very closely together to make sure the lifesaving service continues.

“His wealth of experience gives him a first-hand view of what it is like on the front line.

“This new volunteer role is in addition to the one based at Portishead.

“He will visit Poole regularly to help advise and assist the trustees and the board primarily on technical issues facing the charity.”

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