The New Year’s Honour list for 2017 recognises 5 of our local Islanders including Glyn Ellis as Operations Manager of the Inshore Lifeboat Centre at East Cowes.
Glyn, 59, has worked for the RNLI for 20 years and, during that time, has transformed the way it produces and maintains inshore lifeboats.
Each year, Glyn ensures 30 inshore lifeboats are built and 70 are refitted to the highest quality at the ILC on the Isle of Wight. With Paul Johnson, he also set up the RNLI’s first four-year Modern apprenticeship scheme in 1999, ensuring young people were given the opportunity to achieve a skilled on the job qualification, during a time when most companies were leaving the Island.
Glyn commented “I’m really lucky – I have the best job in the world! Every day I get to work with a great team, building fantastic, high quality boats. The lifeboat crews are out there, risking their lives to save others – without getting paid – so we need to make sure they have the best boats possible.”
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White, has described Glyn’s work as ‘outstanding’. He stated: “Not only is the ILC, thanks to Glyn’s enthusiasm and leadership, an integral part of the RNLI Isle of Wight family, both operational and fundraising, but he and his staff play an important ambassadorial and supporting role in many charitable aspects of our life. I strongly support this national honour for Mr Ellis.”
Other Islanders recognised in the honours are Ian Ward who has been given an BEM for his services to community transport; Gillian Burnett who received a BEM for for services to the community; Alison Beane has been awarded an OBE for services to education and Victoria Dunford has been awarded a BEM for services to children.