Sir Tim Lawrence makes Fraserburgh Lifeboat visit

Princess Anne's husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence visited Fraserburgh Lifeboat recently.
Princess Anne's husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence visited Fraserburgh Lifeboat recently.

Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence visited Fraserburgh Lifeboat in his capacity as RNLI Chairman of the Operations Committee.

Members of the RNLI Coast Review Committee visited Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station as part of a five-year cycle of operational reviews of every lifeboat station in the UK and Ireland.

The team was led by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, who has been in this post with the RNLI since 2012, and included RNLI Operations Director George Rawlinson, along with trustees, retired submariner Andrew Cooper and also Peter Kellen.

The team met with Coxswain Vic Sutherland, Mechanic Gipper Ainslie and volunteer members of the management committee and crew in the crew room at the Lifeboat Station.

Sir Tim’s 37-year career in the Royal Navy included a series of navigation and warfare appointments and four warship commands. His final post was as Chief Executive of Defence Estates, where he had responsibilities for managing most Defence land and buildings in the UK and overseas.

Sir Tim then introduced George Rawlinson who has been RNLI Operations Director since the summer, when he succeeded Michael Vlasto.

Last week, the Coast Review Committee undertook a week of RNLI visits. They started in Broughty Ferry on Monday and ended the week in Thurso and Wick on Friday, visiting every lifeboat station in between.