New Lifeboat Operations Manager takes the helm at Exmouth RNLI

Photos: (credit Exmouth RNLI)

PR270619 New Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Gall (centre left) takes over from Kevin Riley MBE (centre right) with Exmouth RNLI lifeboat Crew and Shore Crew volunteers.

On 21 June, Mike Gall, a retired Royal Navy Dentist took over the volunteer management role at Exmouth lifeboat station from Kevin Riley MBE, after a total of 20 years’ dedicated voluntary service.

Mike retired from the Royal Navy two years ago. Formative clinical appointments ashore, afloat and overseas were followed by regional leadership positions and ultimately his final appointment as Chief Dental Officer (Defence). Previously responsible for both clinical and management governance in homeland and operational environments, he now brings his acumen to the local lifeboat station and looks forward to ensuring operational capability by drawing on his experience with assurance systems. 

The charity’s Lifeboat Operations Manager is responsible for managing all operational activities at the lifeboat station, as well as authorising the launch of the lifeboats. Mike will be working closely with the station’s volunteer Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson and full-time Mechanic, Andy Stott. Mike will also be an integral member of the Exmouth Lifeboat Management Group, chaired by Simon Davidson.

Mike said:

RNLI assurance systems are broadly analogous to those in healthcare settings and I can see their importance in delivering the operational capability that the public expect from the Institution. I’m honoured to serve in my new role.’

Concurrently, Mike is the Commodore and RYA Principal at Lympstone Sailing Club. His wife, Alison has been a volunteer in the Exmouth RNLI shop since February.


  • Exmouth Lifeboat Weekend is 17-18 August with Maer Rocks festival on the Saturday and station Open Day on the Sunday.

  • Exmouth lifeboat station has been operating since 1803. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: