Queen honours Monifieth RNLI volunteer

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A Monifieth man is to be awarded an MBE in recognition of his contribution to maritime safety in Broughty Ferry and Peterhead.

David Martin’s tirelessly work to turn around the fortunes of two RNLI lifeboat stations has been recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honours list.

Mr Martin has been a volunteer with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for the last 26 years, serving first on the crew and more recently as the volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at not one, but two lifeboat stations – a feat almost unheard of in the RNLI’s 190 year history.

David will now receive a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of the tremendous difference he has made within both communities.

He said: “I am very honoured to receive this award which I dedicate to the RNLI volunteers who not only crew our lifeboats, but also assist us on shore.”

The role of Lifeboat Operations Manager is unpaid, yet it requires consistently effective management skills and an almost limitless commitment of time – it is the Lifeboat Operations Manager who selects and trains a crew, ensures the lifeboat is fully maintained, and authorises it for launch, often in difficult or dangerous conditions.

The role also requires a large degree of people management. All lifeboat crew are passionate, and David harnessed these strong ideas and opinions in order to make Broughty Ferry the vibrant, self-confident team it remains to this day.

In 2013, Broughty Ferry launched 105 times, making it Scotland’s busiest lifeboat station and the fifth busiest in the UK and Ireland.

David’s energy, drive and outstanding leadership skills led to an invitation to take on a similar role at Peterhead lifeboat station, more than 100 miles away, whilst continuing to manage Broughty Ferry. He did so, all the while holding down a day job as the RNLI’s Coastal Assessor and Trainer, responsible for maintaining the standards of lifeboat crews across east Scotland.

To take on the role at one station requires inspired leadership and firm values; to take on the role at two, in towns more than 100 miles apart, is almost unheard of.

Paul Boissier, the RNLI’s Chief Executive, said: ‘David has made a lasting impact on the safety of the east coast of Scotland. His actions at Broughty Ferry and Peterhead have undoubtedly saved many lives.

“His tenacity and commitment make him an outstanding role model, and I am delighted he has been recognised with an MBE.”