The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has appointed Mark Dowie as its new chief executive.
He is currently the volunteer lifeboat operations manager at Salcombe Lifeboat Station and has worked professionally in the banking industry.
Prior to this career, he worked in the Royal Navy, where he is now a trustee. He is also a trustee of the Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).
Talking about his appointment, Dowie said: “I am delighted and incredibly proud to have been appointed as the RNLI’s new chief executive.
"Having been an RNLI volunteer on the coast for the past two years, I know just what an incredible organisation this charity is. I’ve seen first-hand the dedication and commitment of the RNLI’s volunteers and staff to help save lives and keep people safe.”
Stuart Popham, chair of the RNLI, added: "I’m delighted to announce Mark Dowie as the RNLI’s new chief executive.
"Mark has a range of impressive attributes and experience that he will bring to the role, including valuable experience as an RNLI volunteer.
"He has a wealth of corporate leadership experience and a real affinity for the sea. I’m looking forward to working with Mark and am extremely confident that he will be a huge asset to the RNLI."
Dowie succeeds Paul Boissier, who held the post since 2009. He will take up his new post in May 2019.
Boissier announced that he planned to retire this year in August 2018.