Her Majesty the Queen

Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps

His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG GCVO



Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC


Captain Nigel Palmer OBE MNM

Chief Executive Officer

Martin Coles

Captain Sea Cadets 

Captain Phil 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 & Audit Committee
— Policy, Development and Nominations Committee
— Safety, Safeguarding & Risk Committee
— National Sea Cadet Advisory Council


Captain Nigel Palmer OBE, MNM (Chairman)
Mr Tony Allen
Dr Louise Bennett
Ms Liz Cassidy
Mr Andrew Davenall
Mr Simon Figgis
Dr Sheila Fitzpatrick MBE
Mr Alan Marsh FICS
Mr Alex Marsh
Mr Nick Mason
Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey KCB, CBE
Mr John May
Captain Ian McNaught MNM
Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE, DL
Ms Kathryn Stone OBE, CDir, FloD
Commodore Bill Walworth CBE, RFA, MNM
Mr John Taylor
Mr Robert Woods CBE (Vice Chair)


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

Director of Finance, IT and Trading and Company Secretary: Mark Hallam
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 & Business Support: John Parker-Jones
Manages the administration of the Sea Cadet Corps and is MSSC HQ 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 & 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 info@ms-sc.org for more information