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Her Majesty the Queen

Admiral of the Sea Cadet CORPS

His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG


Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC


Captain Nigel Palmer OBE MNM

Chief Executive Officer

Martin Coles

Captain Sea Cadets 

Captain Jonathan Holloway, RN

Council Members

MSSC is governed by a Board of non-executive Council Members (Trustees), who delegate the day-to-day management to the chief executive and his team. Individual members of Council chair the following subcommittees of the main Board:

— Finance, Investment, Remuneration & Audit Committee
— Policy, Development and Nominations Committee
— Safety, Safeguarding & Risk Committee
— Merchant Navy Liaison Committee
— National Sea Cadet Advisory Council
— Flagship Committee


Captain Nigel Palmer OBE MNM (Chairman)
Mr Tony Allen
Dr Louise Bennett
Ms Liz Cassidy
Mr Hyder Dastagir BSc
Mr Andrew Davenall
Mr Simon Figgis
Dr Sheila Fitzpatrick
Mr Eric Hutchinson
Mr Alan Marsh FICS
Mr Alex Marsh
Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey KCB CBE
Captain Ian McNaught MNM
Rear Admiral David Snelson CB FNI
Commodore William (Bill) Walworth CBE RFA MNM
Mr Robert Woods CBE


Directors of MSSC

Chief Executive Officer: Martin Coles
Responsible for overall leadership, direction and management of the personnel and activities of MSSC to achieve the requirements of the Trustees.

Captain Sea Cadet Corps & Director of Operations (Serving RN Officer): Captain Jonathan Holloway RN
Provides operational leadership to Sea Cadets with specific focus on the safe delivery of training.

Director of Finance, IT and Trading: Mark Hallam
Manages the financial affairs of MSSC.  Also oversees IT, Book Services and Stores departments.
Company Secretary/Human Resources: Claire Barnett
Responsible for administering the affairs of Council, Executive and Advisory Committees and  all employment matters relating to MSSC's staff.

Director of Business Management: John Parker-Jones
Manages the administration of the SCC. MSSC HQ point of contact for unit chairs and all aspects of Unit Management Committee business and responsibilities.

Director of Fundraising & Communications: Samantha Shaw
Oversees and directs the strategic communications, including brand and marketing. Also manages the fundraising strategy for MSSC, immediate capital campaign and associated fundraising activity.

Director of Lifelong Learning: Mark Windsor
Responsible for all training and education for seafarers and Sea Cadets.

Call us on +44 (0)20 7654 7000 or email for more information