Manager's role for Helen
THE St Ives National Coastwatch Station – staffed by volunteers who keep a watch over those on the seas – has a new manager.
At the station's annual general meeting, Tim Lait handed over the tiller to Helen Simpson who was unanimously elected as his successor.
Helen became familiar with the station's activities during regular visits to St Ives and became a member of the NCI team.
She became an active member in 2009 and, over the past few years, she has been actively involved in the station management.
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Mr Lait said: "Her background in management and people skills, together with her commitment to the NCI, give me great confidence in her appointment and the future value of our service to the local community."
Mr Lait took over as manager after his predecessor Keith Hodge stood down four years ago. He said: "Keith was one of the founder members of the station and certainly set a high standard.
"It was a privilege to inherit the position but, for various reasons, I believe now is an opportune time for me to hand over the helm.
"Over the past four years the station has faced both structural and organisational challenges.
"Many of these have been addressed and the station is now in a strong position to meet the needs of the future.
"Helen has the strength of character and ability to face these ongoing challenges, taking the station forwards.
"Having spent eight years within our management team it is now time to allow a successor to have the honour of leading the team.
"I look forward to supporting Helen and her management team and, at the same time, will continue to enjoy the role of watchkeeping."