Chairman of the Eastbourne Lifeboat Management Group
Dr Colin McKee
Is a figurehead for all RNLI activities that take place in and around Eastbourne.
The Eastbourne Lifeboat Operations Management Team:
Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM)
Mr Carl Pocock
The position of Lifeboat Operations Manager is an Honorary one. Usually bestowed on a person with good knowledge of the local sea area and conditions. Always the first point of contact when one of Eastbourne’s Lifeboats is requested to launch to an incident at sea by the nearest Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination Centre. In the case of Eastbourne this could be either Dover or Solent MRCC.
Additionally, the LOM is responsible for the day to day affairs relating to the Lifeboat Station. The three Deputy Launching Authorities will stand in for the LOM when he is unavailable or on holiday. Also, each Launching Authority may take it in turn to cover at weekends.
Deputy Launching Authorities (DLA)
Mr Bob Jeffery
Mr Paul Gregory
Lifeboat Treasurer (LT)
Mr Keith Stevens
Deals with income and expenditure for both the Lifeboat Station and the Fundraising Branch. Responsible for the payment of crew allowances incurred when attending training courses etc. Receipts and acknowledges all donations from whatever source, claims Gift Aid where appropriate and compiles ongoing financial records and statements for use by the Eastbourne Lifeboat Station, Branch and RNLI Headquarters.
Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO)
Mr Bob Jeffery
The LPO has a very valuable role, to keep the public informed about the activities of the RNLI and in particular the Lifeboats. This helps to keep the RNLI in the minds of people as the Institution relies on voluntary donations to survive.
Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer (LSSO)
Mr Terry Colbran
The Role of the LSSO ( Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer ) is to promote the aims of the RNLI in saving lives by changing the attitudes and behaviour of Leisure Boatowners, and to promote the RNLI as being recognised as the leading provider of Sea Safety information.
Chairmen of The Fund Raising Team
Mrs Jill Scott-Taggart
Locally, there are more than 200 branch members. The members meet at the Langhams Hotel every 2nd Friday for coffee, an interesting speaker and a raffle. The Committee organises these events, together with Souvenirs sales and bucket Collections and other local events. For details – see Fundraising.
Secretary to the Eastbourne Lifeboat Management Group
Mrs Judith Kewley
Assists the Chairman and LOM with the office work side of administration. Takes minutes at the Regatta Meetings and writes letters.
Station Officer History
Station Coxswain 1853 -1880
Station Coxswain 1880 – 1884
Charles “Bones” Hide
Station Coxswain 1884 – 1900
Station Coxswain 1900 – 1911
Station Coxswain 1911 – 1919
Harry “Tim” Erridge
Station Mechanic 1919 – 1924
Henry Philip Boniface
Station Mechanic 08/1921 – 11/1923
Charles Benjamin Whitmore
Station Coxswain 02/1924 – 12/1951
Michael Frederick Hardy
Station Mechanic 02/1924 – 02/1929
Station Mechanic 07/1929 – 06/1940
Station Mechanic 06/1940 – 03/1948
George A Boniface
Station Mechanic 03/1948 – 02/1949
H J Boniface
Station Coxwain 01/1951 – 07/1961
Station Coxswain 02/1949 – 11/1955
Michael Frederick Thomas Hardy
Station Coxswain 07/1961 – 06/1966
Station Coxswain & Mechanic 01/1956 – 08/1965
Kenneth Mulliner Cramphorn
Station Coxswain & Mechanic 06/1966 – 12/1969
Derec Alec Huggett
Station Coxswain & Mechanic 09/1965 – 11/1969
Alan Anthony Clement Pitcher
Station Coxswain & Mechanic 01/1970 – 02/1981
Derec Alec Huggett
Station Coxswain & Mechanic 03/1981 – 03/1984
Station Coxswain & Mechanic 04/1984 – 02/1991
Graham Frederick Edward Cole
Station Coxswain & Mechanic 1991 – 12/2001
David Victor Corke
Station Coxswain 2001 –