Who's who


Her Majesty the Queen


Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE DL


Robert Woods CBE

Chief Executive Officer

Martin Coles

Captain Sea Cadets 

Captain Philip Russell 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 and Audit Committee
— Policy, Development and Nominations Committee
— Safety, Safeguarding and Risk Committee
— National Sea Cadets Advisory Council


  • Mr Robert Woods CBE (Chairman)
  • Ms Léonie Austin
  • Dr Louise Bennett
  • Ms Liz Cassidy (Vice Chair)
  • Mr David Derbyshire
  • Mr Simon Figgis
  • Dr Sheila Fitzpatrick MBE
  • Lt Cdr (SCC) Jason Kinghorn RNR
  • Mr Alan Marsh FICS MBE
  • Mr Nick Mason
  • Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey KCB, CBE
  • Mr John May OBE DL
  • Captain Ian McNaught MNM
  • Commodore Bill Walworth CBE, RFA, MNM
  • Mr Jeremy Penn
  • Mr Jonathan Robertshaw
  • Vice Admiral Sir Jonathan Woodcock KCB OBE

Senior Management Team 

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 and Director of Operations (Serving RN Officer): Captain Philip Russell RN

Provides operational leadership to Sea Cadets with specific focus on the safe delivery of training.

Director of Finance and Digital: Jenny Howard

Manages the financial affairs of MSSC.  Also oversees IT, Book Services and Stores departments.

Director of Human Resources: Petrina Brooker

Responsible for all employment matters relating to MSSC's staff.

Director of Volunteer Support and Outreach: Paul Wilkinson

Manages the administration of the Sea Cadet Corps and is MSSC HQ's point of contact for unit chairs and all aspects of Unit Management Committee business and responsibilities. Also leads the team providing support to volunteers across the Sea Cadets.

Director of Fundraising and Communications: Daniel McAllister

Directs charity’s strategic communications, brand and marketing. Leads fundraising strategy and activity for Sea Cadets and Marine Society.

Director of Sea Cadet Learning: Heather Williams

Responsible for all training and education for Sea Cadets.

Director of Policy and Young People Support: Veronika Neyer

Responsible for policy and young people support for seafarers and Sea Cadets.

Interim Director of Seafarer Learning: Darrell Bate

Responsible for products and education for seafarers.

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