As Chairman Charles, together with the trustees, will advise and support the organisation, guiding the RNLI’s executive team and working with staff and volunteers on the ground.
RNLI Chief Executive said: ‘Charles brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and energy to his new role as Chairman and I am looking forward to working with him over the next few years.’
Charles has been involved in the in the RNLI’s governance since 1996 when he became a member of the Institution’s Council. He has been a Trustee for the charity that saves lives at sea twice, from 1999 to early 2008, before re-joining the trustee board in late 2009. He has been Vice Chairman since 16 March 2013.
On taking up the post, Charles said: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity, and a great honour, to lead an organisation which has meant so much to me for so many years. I hope I will live up to the standards of this extremely professional and well respected charity and will give it all the time and effort its donors, volunteers and staff deserve from a chairman.’
Charles’s first duty as RNLI Chairman is to participate in the naming of one of the charity’s newest class of lifeboat, the Shannon. The Jock and Annie Slater is the first Shannon class to enter active service and will take up a place in the RNLI’s relief fleet after the ceremony at the RNLI College in Poole on 11 July.
Charles said: ‘After only 4 hours in the job, this is a wonderful way to start my chairmanship. It’s such a privilege to host a naming ceremony as it’s a chance for all of us to thank the incredibly generous donors who have funded this lifeboat and to highlight the lifesaving work carried out by our volunteer crews; exceptional men and women who need, deserve and get the very best equipment we can provide.’
Notes to Editors
• A senior manager in the motor industry, Charles worked for Volvo from 1973 until retiring in 2007. He became Senior Vice President of Volvo Car Corporation in Gothenburg in 1993 and acted as the Senior Adviser to the Management Team of Volvo Car Corporation from 1999 onwards. For over 20 years, Charles has used his management and business expertise as a volunteer, serving on various RNLI committees including fundraising, resources, remuneration, membership nomination and property, and has chaired the group leading the continuous improvement programme for the past three years.
• A normal term of office for the RNLI Chairman is three to five years, subject to an annual reappointment by the Board of Trustees.
Charles Hunter-Pease will succeed the RNLI’s current Chairman, Admiral the Lord Boyce on 11 July 2013.
• For more information on the naming of the RNLI’s first Shannon class lifeboat, please see the press release at rnli.org/press or contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or at email@example.com.
For more information please contact Isla Reynolds, Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663127 or 07899 076224 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.