Mark takes helm at Dunbar RNLI

The new chairman of Dunbar RNLI Lifeboat Station Mark Lees.
The new chairman of Dunbar RNLI Lifeboat Station Mark Lees.

A son of the harbour is taking over as the new chairman of the Dunbar RNLI lifeboat management group.

Mark Lees grew up next to the harbour side station and has had a keen interest in it for most of his life.

He joined the management group because of his position at Torness Power Station, where the lifeboat the John Neville Taylor is berthed.

Mark said: “It’s a great honour to be asked to take over as chairman at the station I know so well. I have had a lifelong admiration for the volunteers and full timers who give so much of their time to keep our coasts safe. This is an exciting time for everyone at the station with a massive amount of training going on and various initiatives underway to ensure our two boats remain ready for whatever is thrown at them and their crews.”

Mark’s father was a volunteer crewman and went on to be the lifeboat operations manager standing down only when he reached the compulsory retirement age of 70.

Mark added: “I am looking forward to working closely with everyone involved at the station. When you see the boat leaving the harbour the crew on board are just a small part of what goes on behind the scenes. We have a fantastic band of helpers many of whom dedicate huge amounts of their time to raise money for the station and generally ensure that when the call goes out we are there ready to respond.”

Mark is reliability programme manager for EDF responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the nuclear stations across the country. He takes over from David Johnston who is remaining as press officer.