Colin Brown - RNLI Community Presenter Volunteer Crew
Having been an active boating enthusiast and owning my own boat for most of my life the RNLI has always been very dear to my heart. Having the knowledge that they were always there should I ever have the misfortune to be in trouble whilst at sea has been very comforting. So when I found myself with some spare time, following my retirement from a career in aircraft maintenance and operations, volunteering to work with the RNLI was quite a natural thing to do.
As an Community Presenter I have delivered well over 500 presentations to groups all over the south east and develop my own presentations and style. Some of the groups and communities I have presented too are: Rotary Clubs, Church Groups, Motoring Clubs, Women's Institutes, Sailing Clubs, Cubs & Scouts, Masonic Lodges, Pensioner Clubs, Lions Clubs, Schools - Infant, Primary and Secondary, Care Homes, Resident Associations, U3A.
The RNLI story is one that captures audiences young and old and feedback is generally very positive. Requests for talks usually come via recommendation and I believe people find the content extremely interesting and exceptionally stimulating.
My presentation explains how the modern RNLI continues to provide the world’s finest marine rescue service entirely funded by voluntary contribution. I create my own PowerPoint presentations from the exceptional material available and include short video clips, pictures and sound to ensure my audience really obtains the very best understanding of RNLI operations, equipment and training reinforced with stories of real rescues.
Expanding my knowledge of RNLI operations, equipment and sea safety is a task that tends to fill a few hours most weeks and whenever near the coast a detour to the nearest Lifeboat Station always occurs!
I hold: RYA Advanced Powerboat Qualification, International Certificate of Competence, Marine Radio VHF Licence and First Aid certificate.
I Skipper "Impossible Dream", a launch operated by Thames Sailability providing opportunities for mobility impaired people to take to the water.
Please feel free to contact me for any help I may be able to provide:
Colin Brown retired from British Airways in 2009 after 38 years’ service. The last post he held was General Manger Engineering Quality and Training which embraced Health, Safety and Security. A lifetime in aviation maintenance commenced with an aircraft apprenticeship which lead to qualifying as a Licenced Aircraft Engineer and progressed to a number of senior management roles, Non Destructive Testing, Boeing 747/777 Line Maintenance, Engineering Training and Quality Assurance.
He is married with one daughter, one grandson and lives in New Haw, Surrey.
In 2012 Colin was issued a 'Certificate of Thanks' and in 2014 a 'Bronze Badge' for his support of the RNLI.