Since the age of 14, Joanne has been a member of lifesaving clubs/services, working collectively with others to promote the importance of water safety and ensure that the community benefits from the skills and knowledge needed to save lives now and in the future.

In addition, she is the chairperson of a very busy charity run independent lifeboat station (GAFIRS), working alongside the board of trustees to ensure that the organisation is future proof by raising funds and promoting the value of the lifeboat within the community. It is vital that lifeboat stations and organisations such as the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are available for future generations to come.

Joanne has been a RLSS UK trainer for the last 40 years, teaching many different levels and being involved in the evolution of the RLSS UK brand/society and how it inspires so many people today. Joanne has also been an active member of the Wessex branch for over 20 years and became branch president. 

Having attended many competitions worldwide and within the commonwealth, Joanne has seen the joy of how lifesaving is a universal language. She has also been a member of the Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity Group for the last eight-10 years. Utilising her knowledge to ensure that everyone has a voice within the society and adapt training to individual needs.

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