Communications visit for Lifeboat

Fraserburgh Lifeboat press officer Jack Provan, Mel Hide the RNLI Head of Communication, Richard Smith RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland and Chairman of the Board of Management Iain Rankin at the Memorial Statue at Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station.
Fraserburgh Lifeboat press officer Jack Provan, Mel Hide the RNLI Head of Communication, Richard Smith RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland and Chairman of the Board of Management Iain Rankin at the Memorial Statue at Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station.

Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station welcomed the heads of the RNLI’s communication and public relations teams to the town recently, the pair on a whistle-stop tour of the stations.

Mel Hide, the RNLI head of communication, and Richard Smith, RNLI public relations manager for Scotland, visited the Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station and met with Coxswain Victor Sutherland, chairman of the board of management Iain Rankin, local press officer Jack Provan and deputy press officer Billy Watson.

Ms Hide has been in the post since October and is based in the RNLI Headquarters in Poole, having previously worked as a the head of communications at The National Archives and the head of consumer PR at J. Sainsbury plc.

In a tour to familiarise herself with the different kinds of stations and the different environments in which they work, she called in at Fraserburgh and met with some of the crew and shore-based volunteers.

She was very interested to hear that Mr Provan has been associated with the RNLI since 1959..

Accompanying Ms Hide on her visit was Richard Smith, who was instrumental in organising the press coverage of the commemoration service for 60th anniversary of the 1953 Fraserburgh Lifeboat
disaster.