Paul Boissier CB
He is incumbent CEO of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) – a charity that saves lives at sea, providing on-call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service.
Since 2009, guided by Paul at the helm, the RNLI has embraced innovation and technology. The charity is now designing and building all-weather lifeboats with the latest water jet technology from its manufacturing centre in Poole. It is also the first major organisation in the UK to introduce and accept Bitcoin, the digital currency.
Its main mission is to save lives at sea, but beyond this, it aims to reduce energy consumption. Projects that reduce impact on the environment include ground source heat pumps at new lifeboat stations and a wind turbine that powers Aith Lifeboat Station.
Paul has spent much of his working life either at sea or closely involved with seafarers. After graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University, he joined the Royal Navy where he specialised in navigation and served in a variety of submarines during the Cold War.
Paul has also written three books on the sea, spent three years as the Commodore of the Royal Navy sailing association and is a Younger Brother of Trinity House.