Michael Cecil (Chairman & voluntary skipper)
"I joined Joby Fox and Jude Bennett in January 2016. My initial task was to prepare our rescue boat “Mo Chara” for rescue operations and putting operating procedures and training regimes in place.
Coming from a small Island in Northern Ireland and working commercially on the sea I felt an inbuilt duty to assist whenever anyone was in peril on the sea. I have been back to Lesvos many times and always come home with a great sense of achievement and a great respect for all those living, working and volunteering at the front line."
Jude Bennett (Co-found & CEO)
"I am an experienced project manager I felt compelled to help in this humanitarian crisis. Together with Joby I co-founded Refugee Rescue. Since November 2015 I have managed the mission and development of the NGO."
Joby Fox (Co-founder)
In winter 2015 I went to Lesvos and saw the situation becoming more and more hazardous, with the weather worsening and boats capsizing. I saw rescuers on the beaches and on rescue boats forced to choose who to save as there were so many people in the water. In October a vessel containing 300 people capsized, only 250 could be saved.
As a human being I have held out a hand to others and helped them for a moment. That’s what life is all about. Instead of political posturing, it is about action, lateral thinking, helping, being human and looking after other people. I reached out for more people to help in Greece and Refugee Rescue was formed. Together we can help.
Richie Heard (Recruitment and operations manager)
Richard Heard is a valuable member of the SAR crew having crewed several times for Refugee Rescue. Richie manages all SAR crew recruitment and operations. He is RNLI trained and a valuable asset to the team.