Mark Smith, RLSS UK Deputy President Mark is believed to have become the youngest Deputy President the society has ever seen when he was elected to the post in 2016. Mark has been involved in lifesaving and lifeguarding for most of his life, with much of that time spent developing safer open water environments for organised events, specialising in music festivals across the UK, as part of a team based in the Midlands. As Deputy President, Mark wants to concentrate on reversing the trend, seen over the last few decades, of lifesaving clubs closing down. He is keen to develop ways to make current clubs thrive and strategies to bring about the formation of new ones. Mark also wants to keep a clear focus on how the Society’s drowning prevention message can really hone in on open water issues. Having been a pool lifeguard himself, Mark knows the merit of our highly trained members and is keen to explore how lifeguards can be further developed to extend our message – as the Drowning Prevention charity – deeper into communities. Mark has a degree in Business, a Masters degree in Event Management and currently works in leisure & tourism. He is familiar with the changing economy and how this may affect the charity. Click here to view all the Trustees.