At one time I seriously considered volunteering for Thames station. Unfortunately I was just over the age limit. There they have a full time skipper, as far as I know the rest unpaid volunteers. One of our members (Bexleyheath).Is unpaid volunteer.
I also believe large organisations need paid managers, to run such organisations. They also need to be accountable. Thus can be hired and fired.There is no doubt, that mistakes happen.Does this only happen within the RNLI of course not.Remember not a penny comes from Government it comes entirely from the penny.Believe on Saturday collecting on the ferry many will drop pounds,5,10,and twenties in the bucket. That money needs to be spent wisely. I think in general it is.Is there room for improvement of course. As I said dont throw the baby out with the bath water.