With the next World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) rapidly approaching, it is also time to consider the forthcoming IMRF Quadrennial General Meeting (QGM).

The QGM will be held on Tuesday 18 June 2019, immediately following the WMRC 2019 in Vancouver (15 – 17 June 2019). The QGM agenda will include a report of IMRF’s activities and financial performance since the last QGM in Bremen in 2015, as well as a presentation of future plans for the organisation.

The QGM, which is only open to IMRF members, will also include the election of the IMRF Board of Trustees for the next four years.

A formal notice of the meeting and a call for nominations for Trustees will be issued soon. All the details of how to submit nominations will also be made available at that time, but, in the meantime, please begin to consider if there is anyone who you might wish to nominate. Please note that only organisations who are fully paid up full members of the IMRF are permitted to nominate, and vote for, Trustees.

Trustees play a very important role in the governance of the IMRF. They are there to ensure that IMRF is carrying out its established aims, that the organisation’s resources are being managed responsibly and that we always comply with the law, as well as our own rules and regulations.

Becoming a Trustee is a serious commitment and our Trustees need to devote time to IMRF business, in order to exercise their legal responsibilities properly.

But, by supporting us as they do, our Trustees make a real contribution to the IMRF’s work on prevention of loss of life in the world’s waters.

Please consider whether you, or someone else from your organisation, could help the IMRF continue this important work by becoming a Trustee.

Photo: IMRF Trustee Meeting, Shanghai 2017