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Robert Gofton named CEO of RLSS UK

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The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has appointed Robert Gofton as its new chief executive.

He will take over from Rick Tazzini, the charity's interim CEO, who has held the role since December 2018, following the exit of Di Steer.

Formerly the CEO for children’s charity CHICKS, Gofton is a former professional cricketer whose sporting career was cut short by a shoulder injury.

Since his retirement from professional sport, he has gained extensive experience working within both the charity and private sectors. His previous roles in the leisure sector include a stint as director of operations at One World Events in Bristol.

"RLSS UK is a fantastic organisation with a wonderful heritage," Gofton said.

"I can’t wait to get started and help the society become even more successful.”

Ian Hutchings, president of RLSS UK added: “Our recruitment process has borne fruit and in Robert we’ve appointed the best person to the role of CEO."

Gofton's appointment is part of a reshuffle of the RLSS UK top team.

Earlier this year, the water-safety charity appointed Mike Owen as chair, replacing the outgoing Dawn Whittaker.

Owen's appointment was accompanied by the announcement that Jo Talbot had been named director of IQL UK – RLSS' awarding arm.

The charity's board has also received two new members – Maggie Bradley and Richard Rickwood – who have been appointed as trustees.

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The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has appointed Robert Gofton as its new chief executive.